Scotland is on my bucket list. I want to see castles. Germany will also do. Turns out that there’s one that’s very cool up in Victoria, British Columbia. This photo is Craigdarroch Castle and was the home of Robert Dunsmuir, although he never got to live there.
By reading the literature about this must-see Canadian Castle I learned that Robert Dunsmuir was a Scottish immigrant who made a boatload of cash in the coal business on Vancouver Island. The legend proclaims that this Victorian Castle, built on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria, announced to the world that Robert Dunsmuir was officially the richest and most important man in Western Canada. Alrighty then…
The bad news, for Robert, was that he died in 1889 before the house… Castle… was completed. His lovely and talented wife, however, enjoyed many years living here until she died in 1908.
Here’s what a stash of cash will buy you in the late 1800′s. Four floors of exquisite stained glass windows, 39 rooms, over 20,000 square feet, servants to be sure, intricate woodwork and fabulous Victorian era Furnishings on several acres of lavishly landscaped gardens atop a hill with panoramic views of Victoria, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Olympic Mountains. It feels like a Fairytale to me.
Thanks to my friend, Scott Johnson, I got this HDR photograph of Craigdarroch Castle. Mai and I were having lunch with Scott, of Toad Hollow Photography, and he suggested that we check it out. Turns out that we were within walking distance of the castle! So that evening, on the way to dinner, I asked if we could please just make a quick stop at the Castle for a picture? Our friends are not photographers so I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, yet I really wanted to get a shot of this unique place. As you can see, we timed it perfectly! Literally, another 45 seconds after I shot this and the sun was down.
It’s a lovely place to see next time you’re in Victoria. Craigdarroch Castle.