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Lavish Lives and Wayward Daughters

Take a Walk through the Victorian Era.

 

A National Historic Site. How it All Came to Life.

Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria and now a National Historic Site, Craigdarroch Castle has been meticulously restored, giving visitors a glimpse of privileged life in the 1890s. The Castle weaves a fascinating tale of an intriguing family – their achievements, their relationships and even their quirks.

A visit to Craigdarroch Castle is the quintessential Victoria, BC experience.

Castle Line Drawing

Meet the Dunsmuirs

Robert and Joan Dunsmuir had two sons, eight daughters and plenty of exploits. The Castle weaves a fascinating tale of this intriguing family – their achievements, their relationships and even their quirks.

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About the Castle

Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria and now a National Historic Site, Craigdarroch Castle has been meticulously restored, giving visitors a glimpse of privileged life in the 1890s.

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Plan Your Visit

We are open daily from 10am – 4:30pm, with extended hours from June 15th to September 6th (9am – 7pm). (Please note that we are closed December 25th, 26th and January 1st)

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Help us Preserve Craigdarroch Castle for Future Generations.

A gift to The Castle Society supports the ongoing restoration and curatorial process. With your help, we can protect and preserve this extraordinary piece of Canada’s heritage. Should you wish to donate to our monthly giving program, please visit our Monthly Giving page.

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