By Deo Moreno
One might find it curious to discover a castle and enchanted park would be located in Midland in Georgian Bay. Now a group of Filipinos who recently bought the property hopes that same curiosity will generate more visitors.
You may ask why anyone would buy a castle. It all started when Nenita Aguirre visited the castle after a pilgrimage to Martyrs’ Shrine Church, a man walked by and greeted her. She jokingly said, “I wish to live in a castle someday.” And he replied, “As you wish.”, and just like a fairy tale, it came true. Later on Nenita and other entrepreneurs came together to revitalize this tourist attraction with a long-term vision to build affordable housing for 55+ with active lifestyle however, they want to first build a campground resort as the beginning of a castle village.
Enchanted Kingdom Park is now open with acres of nature trail, delightful fairy-tale houses, and treats at the candy store. On weekends, journey into the medieval times and experience live action performances.
Inside the castle you can listen to music with your coffee to complement pan de sal bread amidst the jewelry, costumes and unique items.
Artwork from local and international artists that are on sale compliments the lobby and they also have one of the largest collections of medieval arms and heraldry.
They have scheduled events in the evenings ranging from acoustic music to masquerade parties.
One of the new attractions, “Escape the Dungeon” is an escape-room adventure game where a group of people have to work together to solve puzzles, find clues, and accomplish a mission.
Our kababayans waved the Philippine flag on the castle towers during its grand opening last August 6th. Enchanted Kingdom Park is located at 701 Balm Beach Road in Midland, Ontario.
Check them out: www.castlevillage.ca for more information.