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Looking Back – Osler Castle

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High on a hill in The Blue Mountains are the ruins of a castle built for love.

Known as Osler Castle, it was the summer home of well-known Toronto lawyer Britton Bath Osler. He built the stone manor for his ailing wife, Caroline, in the hope that the “fresh air” would improve her health.

Caroline named the home “Kionontio,”  a Petun First Nations word for “top of the hill.”

Sadly, Caroline died in 1896 after only a few summers at Osler Castle. Osler followed not long after, and the empty house was left to the ravages of time.

Today the remains of Osler Castle are a popular stop for hikers and photographers, often used as a backdrop for engagement and wedding photos.

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