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Craigdarroch Castle - Victoria-BC at Sunset - HDR photograph

Craigdarroch Castle – Victoria-BC

Castles in Canada?

Scotland is on my bucket list. I want to see castles. Germany will also do. Turns out that there’s one that’s very cool up in Victoria, British Columbia. This photo is Craigdarroch Castle and was the home of Robert Dunsmuir, although he never got to live there.

By reading the literature about this must-see Canadian Castle I learned that Robert Dunsmuir was a Scottish immigrant who made a boatload of cash in the coal business on Vancouver Island. The legend proclaims that this Victorian Castle, built on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria, announced to the world that Robert Dunsmuir was officially the richest and most important man in Western Canada. Alrighty then…

The bad news, for Robert, was that he died in 1889 before the house… Castle… was completed. His lovely and talented wife, however, enjoyed many years living here until she died in 1908.

Here’s what a stash of cash will buy you in the late 1800′s. Four floors of exquisite stained glass windows, 39 rooms, over 20,000 square feet, servants to be sure, intricate woodwork and fabulous Victorian era Furnishings on several acres of lavishly landscaped gardens atop a hill with panoramic views of Victoria, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Olympic Mountains. It feels like a Fairytale to me.

Toadie Sent Me

Thanks to my friend, Scott Johnson, I got this HDR photograph of Craigdarroch Castle.  Mai and I were having lunch with Scott, of Toad Hollow Photography, and he suggested that we check  it out.  Turns out that we were within walking distance of the castle! So that evening, on the way to dinner, I asked if we could please just make a quick stop at the Castle for a picture?  Our friends are not photographers so I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, yet I really wanted to get a shot of this unique place. As you can see, we timed it perfectly!  Literally, another 45 seconds after I shot this and the sun was down.

It’s a lovely place to see next time you’re in Victoria.  Craigdarroch Castle.

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  • Toad Hollow Photography
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    What a terrific shot Keith! I’ve been waiting to see what you came away with from the castle visit, and this shot was certainly well worth the wait! I just love castles, and for photography they are high on my list of things to shoot… perhaps one day we can all journey to Europe together and come home with hard drives just full of great imagery!! A Toad can dream….

    • Captain Photo
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      I love your enthusiasm Toadie! Thanks again for suggesting this place. Love your idea to do the European castle tour together too. Anytime you are ready… let’s do it.

  • sunnyray
    Reply

    Very cool photo. If you want to see some of the nicest castles of Euroope, don’t forget to visit Austria too.

  • Matt the Brisbane Photographer
    Reply

    That sunlight is hypnotisingly beautiful.

  • J. Lee
    Reply

    Wow this is a stunning image! Great work!

  • Daniel Klayton
    Reply

    What a wonderful shot! The color palette feels so mystical, and enchanted..

    Sometimes the universe conspires to put us in just the right place, at just the right time, for a magical moment :)

  • Lifestyle Photographer Mississauga
    Reply

    lovely shot.
    I agree Daniel. :)

  • Terrence
    Reply

    Hello,
    I like the place and the view of that angle. It was so fantastic.

  • Dana
    Reply

    Wow, that’s an amazing shot of the castle

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  • [...] Craigdarroch Castle – Victoria, B.C. – my good friend and fellow photography adventurer recently paid our lovely city a visit.  Keith Cuddeback takes friends and family on a sunset shoot where he comes away with a fabulous shot of one of our most famous castles, one that forms a foundation for the history of the city in the context of colonial settlements.  For sake of alternate viewpoints, here is a series we shot of Craigdarroch Castle ourselves. [...]

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