Castle in Victoria is an imposing Victorian mansion completed in
1890 for Robert and Joan Dunsmuir, Scottish immigrants who made
their fortune from Vancouver Island coal.
died in 1889, just months before his majestic Craigdarroch Castle
was completed. Although he arrived on Vancouver Island a poor coal
miner, he built an empire and became the wealthiest and most influential
man in British Columbia.
Dunsmuir amassed is reflected in every piece of the finest wood,
stone and glass meticulously tooled to create Craigdarroch Castle,
now a national historic museum featuring an extensive collection
of stained and lead glass windows, magnificent woodwork, Victorian
furnishings and decorative arts.
To tour the Castle,
you can park on the Castle lot or on the street where indicated. You
enter through the old coach entrance, pay your admission fee, clean
your shoes and are then provided with a floor map, family history
and introduction as to how to proceed. Tours are self-guided, so you
can stop where you want. It should take you 45 minutes to an hour
to tour through the Castle.
It is an easy climb up the 87 stairs, stopping on all of the four
floors to tour the various rooms and then to the Tower for a panoramic
view of Victoria, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the snow capped
Olympic Mountains. There are volunteer docents (information providers)
available throughout the Castle. If you have any questions, ask
someone with a badge and they will be happy to assist you.
A visit to Craigdarroch Castle is essential to truly appreciate
the lavish lifestyle Joan Dunsmuir and her family enjoyed.
10 am - 4:30 pm
from June 15 to Labour Day: 9 am - 7 pm
Day (Dec 25)
Day (Dec 26)
Year's Day (Jan 1)
1050 Joan Crescent (Off Fort Street)
Telephone: (250) 592-5323
An easy eight-minute drive from the inner harbour, up Fort Street,
right on Joan Crescent. Parking is available. A 40-45 minute walk
from the inner harbour, up Fort Street, along Antique Row and various
interesting shops and sights.