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Public transport question - Casa Loma

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Public transport question - Casa Loma

We will be going from our hotel at Spadina Ave and Sullivan Street in China Town to visit Casa Loma on Sunday Dec 23rd.

The best route seems to be the #510 Trolley to Spadina Station, and then catch the #127 Bus to either the Spadina and Davenport stop, or one stop further to the Davenport and Walmere stop.

Which will put us closer to the Casa Loma entrance?

We are all seniors, and the weather is going to be cold!

Edited: 19 December 2012, 20:43
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1. Re: Public transport question - Casa Loma

The stop right at Spadina and Davenport is a little closer to the entrance. But be aware that approaching Casa Loma from Davenport involves walking up the hill. If you get off at Spadina and Davenport you're right at the bottom of a long flight of stairs (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin_Steps ) that takes you to Casa Loma. If you get off at Walmer you would walk uphill (north) on Walmer to the north side of Casa Loma. The staircase route is slightly shorter as well as more interesting.

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2. Re: Public transport question - Casa Loma

To give you a sense of how big the hill is, there are 110 standard-sized steps in the Baldwin Steps.

Your other transit option would be to take the subway northbound on the Yonge-University-Spadina line to St. Clair West station, and then take an eastbound 512 St. Clair streetcar. It makes a stop at St. Clair and Spadina Road, which is a flat half-mile walk to the Castle (directly south on Spadina Road)

Or, for door-to-door, a cab would be about $15 plus tip.

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3. Re: Public transport question - Casa Loma

If your comments about it being a group of seniors means that walking is an issue, I suggest you take a cab there, and save your energy for the walk about the building itself, plus the underground tunnel over to the stables.

I suggest going earlier in the day for less crowding. At this time of year, with the wee ones are off school at the end of this week, Casa Loma is a huge family holiday favourite, and gets very crowded. Opera Atelier has partnered with Casa Loma to put on performances and workshops around Mozart's The Magic Flute, with stuff going on all throughout the day. The 23rd being Sunday, that's going to be VERY busy. See this: casaloma.org/CasaLoma/…20FINALWEB.pdf

The whole visit (other than the performance aspect) will take you roughly 2 hours at max. You might then wish to walk next door to the lovely Spadina House for a shorter but equally as beautiful old home. Then walk north for about 7-10 minutes on straight ground to St. Clair. Using our public transit you will want to take the east bound streetcar [trolley], a stop for which is conveniently located at those lights at Spadina and St. Clair, to the St. Clair & Yonge subway station, heading back south to the downtown area. Lots of places to eat around Yonge & St. Clair, if you want lunch.

Be aware that if you get off the streetcar before it enters the station, you will have to pay an additional fare for the subway entrance after lunch. However, if you purchase a TTC day pass, it might be worth your while to do so.

Merry December, enjoy the visit.

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4. Re: Public transport question - Casa Loma

Yes, on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, a "family" of 2 adults and 4 youths (19 and under) can share a single $10.50 TTC Day Pass for unlimited travel all day. This can be bought at subway station collector booths (and can be bought in advance, if you like). Highly recommended for getting around the city by transit as you can hop on and off as Flyinmom suggests.

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5. Re: Public transport question - Casa Loma

Thank you for all the assistance.

Happy Holidays :-)

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