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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Town of the Blue Mountains > Osler Castle
Osler Castle
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created by CopySix on 7/5/2004 5:48 PM
last modified by Sariss on 4/19/2010 8:39 PM
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All stone structure. Originally a luxury 15-room all-stone building, housing the family and servants. Used as a summer home.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Grey Road 19, off Northmount Crescent
Town of the Blue Mountains, Ontario
Owner: Castle Glen Estates
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  •  Hazards
  • Very deteriorated stone structure
  •  Interesting Features
    Originally situated on approximately 300 acres of wooded hillside with Silver Creek running nearby. Most of the stone foundations and some walls still standing. Hikers can take the 'Petun Loop' of the Bruce Trail between Blue Mountain and Osler Bluff to view the castle ruins.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1893
    Closed: 0
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    appropriate safety shoes
    Built in 1893 by well known Toronto Lawyer Britton Bath Osler for his ailing wife Caroline. Mr. Osler hoped the 'fresh air' would improve her health.
    Caroline named this summer home "Kionontio", a Petun Indian word for 'top of the hill'.
    Unfortunately, Mrs. Osler died in 1896. Mr. B.B. Osler later remarried and spent a few summers at the castle. He died in 1901 and the empty house was left to deteriorate.
    Vegetation, weather, and vandals (evidence of many a bush party found) took its toll, reducing Osler Castle to ruins by the 1950's.
    The person: Britton Bath Osler (1839–1901) became a famous Canadian criminal lawyer, and was the crown attorney at the trial of Louis Riel. Mr. Osler was also a prominent figure in early Hamilton.

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     Future Plans
    Property presently owned by Castel Glen Estates, and a subdivision has been developed nearby. Futher development of the area has been stalled by environmental assessments (ecologically sensitive lake a stone's throw away) and Provincial legislation.
    Historical Diary
    Mon, Jul 5th, 2004
    posted by CopySix

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    Canada Day Trip
    Mon, Jul 5th, 2004
    posted by CopySix
    12 pictures
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    Historical Images
    Mon, Jul 5th, 2004
    posted by CopySix
    2 pictures
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    Early July 2005 Trip
    Tue, Aug 9th, 2005
    posted by Sariss
    19 pictures
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    Late July 2005 trip
    Tue, Aug 9th, 2005
    posted by Sariss
    11 pictures
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    Comparison Photos
    Sun, Aug 21st, 2005
    posted by Sariss
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    Fenced Off
    Wed, Mar 22nd, 2006
    posted by Sariss
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    Content Quality 10 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 4/20/2010 2:59 AM.

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  • on Apr 20 10 at 2:59, Steed validated this location
  • on Apr 19 10 at 20:39, Sariss changed the following: Street Address, City
  • on May 23 08 at 0:08, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 24 08 at 3:20, Boffo changed the following: Notes for Mods, City
  • on Oct 28 06 at 3:56, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Oct 28 06 at 1:52, Sariss changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Interesting Features, Security Measures
  • on Aug 8 06 at 21:29, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 20 06 at 1:49, CopySix updated gallery Historical Images
  • on Jun 20 06 at 1:48, CopySix updated gallery Historical Images
  • on Mar 23 06 at 15:07, ednothing validated this location
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