A Short History of the Osler Castle (Castle Glen Estates, Town of the Blue Mountains)

(Source: http://www.ontarioabandonedplaces.com)

Coordinates:   44°27'52"N   80°19'28"W

Jen and I went for a beautiful walk yesterday... one we hadn't taken for a long time.  About 30 minutes into the hike we stumbled upon the ruins of Osler Castle.  As I am a bit of a history buff... I was curious about our find.  I hope you get an opportunity to explore some of the many hikes our area has to offer. MS

Britton Bath Osler (1839–1901) was a famous Canadian criminal lawyer, and also the crown attorney at the trial of Louis Riel on charges of treason. He founded the law firm of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt.

Mr. Osler was also a prominent figure in early Hamilton. When his wife, Caroline, began to suffer ailing health, Osler decided in 1893, to build the 15-room Osler 'Castle' near the Town of Blue Mountain. Mr. Osler hoped that 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's time in her new home was brief as she 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.

Directions: Take Mountain Road (New Mountain Road on a map - Grey Road 19 on the street sign). Just past Osler Lane there is a hill. Go up the hill and look for a grassy road on the right. You'll have to walk in from here - about 10-15 minute walk...

Jen Scholte

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