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The tragic story of a once rich man and his failed dream

Casa Loma is Spanish for “Hill House” and there are none more impressive than in Ontario’s capital of Toronto.

Sir Henry Pellatt was, as some say, the "crazy" mind behind the house. His dream, build a medieval castle in Canada. Knighted for stellar military service, Pellatt was also rich.

The money came not from business, but good investment in electricity and the railway.

Confident in his wealth, Pellatt hired architect E.J. Lennox (architect of Toronto’s Old City Hall and Power Station in Niagara Falls) and gave him complete freedom.

The house was made reality and became a nightmare.

Poor financial decisions and increasing house expenses led to failure. Money was tight, his fortune dwindling just as Toronto presents a $30,000 property tax bill.

Sir Henry was broke. The city took his house in 1923. Pellatt died while living in Mimico 14 years later.

Famous in the Movies - -

Casa Loma has been used in many TV shows and movies, including…

  • X-Men
  • Chicago
  • RoboCop
  • The Love Guru
  • Tuxedo
  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • Tom Cruise’s Cocktail!
  • Goosebumps
  • Being Erica
  • Due South
  • La Femme Nikita
  • Murdoch Mysteries
  • Road to Avonlea
  • Countless commercials and lesser known projects

What Ghosts?

Where do the ghosts of Casa Loma begin? You need energy for ghosts, which comes from a lived in home.

The Pellatt family barely got a chance. Taken away from their home soon after it was built.

This leaves the energy of visitors. Walking the museum, over many years.

And, maybe Sir Henry himself. Denied his dream of a castle leads us to an easy guess that he wasn’t happy about it.

Maybe it’s residual energy of short, tense moments in Casa Loma. Or maybe a rare case of a conscious spirit.

He doesn’t like visitors - -

A young boy walked away from his parents at an outdoor event.

Walking through the gardens of Casa Loma, a bright warm day, the boy felt a chill.

He looked up, seeing movement through a window on the second floor. The boy’s eyes adjusting to the light as a man appears, staring down into his eyes.

The man angry, arms at his side and a disciplined, stone look.

The boy ran, finding the event supervisor. He told her about the man in the window before tears streamed down his cheeks.

“It’s okay, nobody wants to hurt you”, she told the boy while a disturbing throught ran through her mind.

The second floor was closed down for the day, the house doors locked. She was sure no one was inside Casa Loma.

She asked the boy to describe this angry man. Bald, old fashion clothes, vest, a serious man.

The supervisor, now scared and a bit excited, calmly took out a photo of Sir Henry Pellatt.

“Is this the man?” The boy nodded yes.

What Else? - -

Not much.

There is some residual energy which could lead to more detailed stories in the future. For now all we know is…

  1. A man is still tending the gardens of the indoor conservatory. He's heard moving about his tasks from outside. When checked by staff, the areas are empty.
  2. Laughter of children playing in different parts of the house


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Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario, Canada