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March 19, 2020

It seems that some email servers identified a few of our recent emails to you as spam so many of you didn't receive information on the Castle's closure at 4:30 on March 16th. I made this decision to protect the health and safety of staff, volunteers and the community.

There is no specific reopening date and at this point, with the information we have from other countries, it could be a fairly long closure. If we look at China, they are still recovering and its been a little over two months for them so we are likely looking at a similar timeline to get through this. The Society is, for now, in a position to keep payroll going and I will continue to do so as long as I can. There is talk about government funding to support the tourism industry, workers and small businesses, but at this point the programs are not fully formed or functioning. I will continue to look into things in case we qualify for support.

Our dedicated staff continue to look after the physical structures with somewhat regular site visits though keeping distance between each other when there. Those employees not on site are collaborating on numerous projects online. Its been exciting to see how many great ideas are being explored and we have a chance now, to work on things we usually pick at throughout the year.  As projects  progress you will receive updates on this page so please check back every couple of weeks!

For now, here is a link to the latest Notes from Joan that was sent out by the supervisors on March 16th. Enjoy!

John Hughes

Executive Director



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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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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