Casa Loma District

By Jonathan Spencer

Casa Loma Residents Association



Language: English 

Area: Downtown

Theme: Arts & Architecture; History & Culture; Indigenous Communities

Accessibility: Family-friendly 

Click here to download Jonathan's PDF

Self-guided walk.

Walk Description:

The area around Casa Loma includes some fine examples of Arts and Crafts architecture and garden estates, the former homes of the architect of Casa Loma, of the founder of MacLean's magazine, of Neilson Chocolates, of media thinker Marshall McLuhan, and a house where Ernest Hemingway once lived, writing about boxing while babysitting! The area includes houses built between the late 19th and mid-20th centuries in a variety of styles, including Arts and Crafts, Tudor Revival, Edwardian, and Georgian Revival all amongst an old growth oak and maple forest canopy.


In 2017 and 2018 the Casa Loma district was the subject of a heritage conservation district study by the City of Toronto's Heritage Preservation Services. That study has recommended the creation of a heritage conservation district worthy of protection.

This year we have published a Walking Tour guidebook with map and commentary available for $10 + $2 for shipping from Squashed Fly Press at

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