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#1 Barra

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:27 PM

A search is on for the original plans for the castle. Sounds like a case for History Buff.

http://www.thecastle.ca/building-plans
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Posted 12 June 2013 - 08:54 PM

I was just in teh castle a few days ago.


Thanks I m flattered but this is way out there in the scope of being a succesful task.
I would be looking in archives in California. Mainly because Dunsmuir spent a lot of time there and his son Alex ran their California portion of the coal business down there.

Alex liked it so much down there that when he found a place he wanted to live which was just a railway stop...he offered the local there a large handsome fountain if tehy named teh town after him. So that is how Dunsmuir California came to be.

http://www.waymarkin...muir_California

Much of Dunsmuirs Coal was shipped to California. Robert and James made many trips down there.

There are many archives in Universities etc that have long forgotten documents just waiting to be found but with so many documents and so many archives and libraries its a needle in a haystack

OR they could be inside the Castle itself hidden where no one would think of looking.

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 09:28 AM

Craigdarroch Castle will be able to expand its displays, galleries and programming as a result of the City of Victoria approving zoning changes to a house that borders the castle’s lot.

City council voted unanimously to approve the changes for the house at 1070 Joan Cres., owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Society. The vote will allow the society to move administrative offices and a gift shop out of the castle and into the building next door.

“We want to get operational activities out of the castle — the gift shop and lunchroom, curator’s office, registrar’s office, visitor services, personnel, and volunteers — and into the other building,” said John Hughes, executive director of the Craigdarroch Castle Society.

“Essentially we’re getting the noise out of the castle and putting in more content for our visitors and tourists to experience. There are so many stories we haven’t even started telling properly, but we needed exhibit space.”

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 08:49 PM

Never been before, but that article is intriguing... Probably going to have to go there maybe in the next few weeks. 


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Posted 16 February 2016 - 08:49 AM

“We want to get operational activities out of the castle — the gift shop..."

 

I guess they do not make a lot of money from the gift shop given that moving it to a different building will likely result in a large decrease in sales. There is a reason gift shops are located at the exit to attractions.


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Posted 16 February 2016 - 09:28 AM

I guess they do not make a lot of money from the gift shop given that moving it to a different building will likely result in a large decrease in sales. There is a reason gift shops are located at the exit to attractions.

 

Most of what's in that gift shop has nothing to do with the Castle.


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#7 Rob Randall

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Posted 16 February 2016 - 09:43 AM

I would buy a Robert Dunsmuir bobble head doll, especially if it had a little billyclub for beating coal miners.


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Posted 16 February 2016 - 03:36 PM

Most of what's in that gift shop has nothing to do with the Castle.

 

As much or more than maple syrup, moose, Irish clothing and linens, and Anne of Green Gables has to do with Victoria but which all feature in shops downtown.

 

I am simply mystified that a revenue stream that, I would assume, contributes to the maintenance and interpretation of this historic site is being abandoned in this fashion.


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#9 Jill

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 03:37 AM

I believe they plan to restore the kitchen once the gift shop is moved. People love seeing old-fashioned kitchens. The Tudor kitchen at Hampton Court is one of the most popular features.


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#10 Mike K.

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 10:30 AM

Craigdarroch Castle is now offering Augmented Reality Tours for our visitors as an optional enhancement with admission. The Craigdarroch Castle Augmented Reality Tour brings the castle and the family who lived here to life, helping visitors learn and experience as much about the Castle and Victorian times as possible in a single visit. In the truest sense, Augmented Reality ‘augments the visitor experience through images, voices from the past, and deeper explanations of the Castle’s architecture, inhabitants and unique artifacts.

 

More: https://thecastle.ca/AR

 

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 02:09 PM

Will there be pokemons?


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