Greatly dwarfed by its gaudy neighbour next door, the Spadina Historic House and Gardens is a delightful little museum that is definitely worth the trip. Originally, I had set out to visit Casa Loma but walked out simply because much of the castle was closed due to filming and, as such, was not a great value, even with the Toronto City Pass. So I randomly walked towards the Spadina House and am very grateful that I did. I figured it was worth a visit just by looking at the beautiful structure of this building which was once the home of the Austin's, one of Toronto's most influential families.
Inside, you are greeted by the House's friendly staff as you pay the very reasonable price of 9$. You are then assisted by a very knowledgeable guide she walks you through this very ornate Victorian mansion. Unfortunately, I do not remember the name of our guide, but she was a lovely young lady who was quite passionate about the House and the Austin family. When regaling us with the many Austin family anecdotes, it was almost like as if she was talking about a dear friend. The home is so meticulously restored and is full of memorabilia and trinkets that were used by the family back in the day.
I wholeheartedly recommend this underrated attraction, especially for those who love history and are curious about how people lived during Victorian times.
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