This dazzling neighbourhood, named for Canada’s most famous castle, is wrapped in beautiful old trees and reaching ravines. In fact, the area remained forested until the early 1900s, with Rathnelly—a picturesque enclave in the southeast corner—promoted on the premise of “great views and natural beauty.” This, along with the castle’s prominence, is what ignited interest, attracting wealthy Torontonians such as Senator John Macdonald and the Eaton family. Still defining the area are Rathnelly’s large Victorians, which date back to the 1880s, and Casa Loma’s mix of Tudor, Georgian, Edwardian and English Cottage homes, built between 1905 and 1940. By foot or by car, residents enjoy a community served by endless amenities: all types of schools, countless unique shops, and the Belt Line recreational trail, which links the entire area with parks. Of course, it’s no secret that Casa Loma is also loved by Hollywood; Chicago, Strange Brew and X-Men are among the movies that have been filmed there. The only thing more pride-inducing than this? The annual “Republic of Rathnelly,” a local celebration that is not to be missed.