If the teapots could talk

The Castle Society was founded more than 50 years ago by the late President James K. Nesbitt. Early members included other prominent British Columbians sharing his passion for the Castle. Their vision was that one day Craigdarroch’s preservation would be assured and that the house would be a public museum. The Society’s 1959 Constitution contained a couple of clauses describing the collection policy

“The gathering of furniture and bric-a-brac, and other historic objects for the Castle rooms, so that they may appear as much as possible as they were from 1890 to 1908 when Mrs. Robert Dunsmuir occupied the Castle”, and “The gathering of photographs and paintings, for the Castle rooms, of the Dunsmuir family, and of Victoria during that era.”

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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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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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