This castle is the closest thing we have to a time machine here in Ontario! Castle Kilbride is a grand estate that has been completely restored to its former glory.
According to its website, Castle Kilbride is a grand Victorian home that was built in 1877.
Its resident was a big shot named James Livingston, who was a flax industrialist, politician, and entrepreneur.
Designed in the Italianate style of architecture, the home’s exterior is almost as impressive as the interior, which has been furnished to showcase its brilliance as the Victorian palace it used to be.
The castle is most famous for its magnificent Trompe l’oeil ceiling and wall murals, which “provide an optical illusion of depth,” says the website.
The Livingston family lived in the home for several generations, until they finally sold it in the late 1980s, along with the furniture.
The estate began to deteriorate after that, to the disappointment of the local township.
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But, with the help of community fundraising as well as federal, provincial, and municipal financial aid, the Township of Wilmot bought the property and began an extensive conservation and restoration initiative.
Fast forward to 1994, and Castle Kilbride was reopened to the public as a historical museum, with special designation as a National Historic Site.
Today, visitors are welcome to stop by 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 has an amazing miniature Victorian village on display.
If you’re fascinated by history, then this authentic Victorian castle is a memorable excursion you won’t regret.
When: Wednesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 3 PM
Where: 60 Snyder’s Road West, Baden, Township of Wilmot
Cost: $6.66+ per person (summer rate)