This mansion in Victoria was completed in 1890. It was built by Robert Dunsmuir, the richest man in British Columbia. Dunsmuir, a coal baron who began his career as a coal miner, died before the castle was completed. It was occupied by his wife and other family members until 1908.
Craigdarroch Castle is stunning, with spectacular oak paneling and some of the most beautiful stained glass I’ve ever seen. If you’re day tripping from the Olympic Peninsula or making a longer trek to Victoria it’s well worth a visit. This time of year it’s decorated as if for a Victorian era Christmas and it’s lovely.