Britton Bath Osler was a well-known lawyer who had been one of the prosecutors in the trial of Louis Riel. As his wife took sick, he had this dream house built, in 1893, in the Blue Mountains believing that the fresh air might help her health.
Unfortunately, this was not to be, and his wife, Caroline, passed away in 1896, just three years later. B.B. Osler remarried and spent a few summers here before his own death in 1901.
After that point, no one ever again took possession of the home. Furniture and decor combined were left behind to suffer at the hands of robbers, vandals, weather and time. By the 1950's, the house had already collapsed into ruins.
Today, what remains of the stone walls, and the surrounding property belongs to Castle Glen Estates who parceled up the surrounding land and sold it off in the creation of a small subdivision. They have fenced the site off, and claim to be "preserving" the ruins.
We parked off the side of the road and walked along the path. It was an unseasonably warm day, and it felt strange to be stepping through small piles of snow along the trail.
When we reached the site, we were immediately taken by the lake, and the commanding view of it from the top of the hill. The surrounding trees were clearly too young to have been present at the time the house was built.