This stately Ontario castle transports you back to the Victorian era
This castle is the closest thing we have to a time machine here in Ontario! Castle Kilbride is a large estate that has been completely restored to its former glory.
According to its website, Castle Kilbride is a grand Victorian house built in 1877.
One of its residents was a certain James Livingstone, a linen manufacturer, politician, and businessman.
Designed in the Italianate architectural style, the house is almost as impressive as the interior, which has been furnished to show off the brilliance of the Victorian mansion it once was.
The castle is known for its magnificent ceiling and frescoes, which “provide an optical illusion of depth,” says the website.
The Livingston family lived in the house for several generations, until they finally sold it in the late 1980s, along with the furniture.
The estate then began to decline, much to the disappointment of the local town.
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But with the help of community fundraising as well as federal, provincial and municipal financial aid, the Town of Wilmot purchased the property and began a large-scale preservation and restoration initiative.
Fast forward to 1994, Kilbride Castle was reopened to the public as a historical museum, with special designation as a National Historic Site.
Today, visitors are welcome to stop and observe the many original artifacts and attend tours, workshops and events throughout the year.
The castle hosts a magical Christmas event during the holidays and spooky ghost walks. The Christmas event includes a stunning miniature Victorian village on display.
If you are fascinated by history, this authentic Victorian castle is an unforgettable trip that you will not regret.
when: From Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 3 pm
where: 60 Snyder Road West, Baden, Wilmot Township
it costs: USD 6.66+ per person (summer price)