Mackenzie King Estate
Mackenzie King Estate
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11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Hrothmir
Smyrna, GA215 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Solo
The grounds and buildings are free (apart from paid parking) and pleasant to walk around. But they are not so visually impressive (and not so interesting) that I would rank this as a "must see" site for a first time visitor to Ottawa.
Written 10 July 2024
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C S
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Friends
The estate website doesn't list an address that is Map/Navigation friendly
There is only 1 large sign directing you to continue to the estate
There are no signs for the estate parking at 2 required turns; however, if you manage to get someone to give you directions you'll find HUGE signs directing you BACK to Gatineau/Ottawa to exit Gatineau Park.
We went for a tour listed on the website for 1100 am.
With proper GPS/signage we would have arrived 30 minutes early, but got there finally at 1055 am.
There were no notices about tours or directions to them from the parking lot.
Knowing there wasn't time to find and join the tour we left.
Overall my worst French Canadian experience ever!
Written 8 June 2024
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runningwild32
united kingdom337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This is a beautiful estate where you easily relax and avoid the stresses of life. The estate has some great trails through it and a walk to the waterfall should be considered if you are able as the path is quite steep.
Unfortunately the properties were closed on the day we visited but there were still some good information boards outside giving the association of the longest serving Prime Ministers to the area and his love for it.
Written 23 May 2024
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CPhillips
Barrie, Canada1,046 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
Walking the grounds of this beautiful historic site was peaceful and contemplative. Even though the buildings are closed for the season, the lack of crowds, many interpretive plaques and information boards and sheer natural beauty made our visit perfect. The trails throughout, gardens and path to the waterfalls were lovely. The Victorian faux ruins were also very special. Will definitely be back when it’s fully open.
Written 29 September 2022
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Alejandro B
Ottawa, Canada914 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
As a longtime Ottawa resident, I have come here numerous times over the years. During my latest September visit, I enjoyed the lovely strolls and views that this tranquil site offers.

Tip: I normally park in the Estate parking lot when I come here. On this trip, however, I parked in the lot at the start of the Lauriault Trail and then hiked to the Estate. This lovely path through the woods takes about 30 minutes to get to the Estate if you are going at a quick pace, or 45 mins to an hour if you are going at a leisurely pace. Something to keep in mind in the fall as the Estate parking lot gets jammed with tourists who want to see the leaves change colours.

Tip #2: A staff member on site told me there are presently no food services at the Estate due to Covid-fallout and renovations, so make sure to pack a lunch and/or snacks if you plan to stay a long time.
Written 10 September 2022
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Chitrayukt
Laval, Canada9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
Visiting Mackenzie King Estate was a pleasure. It was summer home to Canada's longest Prime Minister. We visited Kingswood and Moorside Cottages and witnessed the artifacts from that era.
You can checkout the lush green gardens and estate ruins. You can also go on the waterfall trail to see a small but cute waterfall. It is currently closed due to erosion though.
Don't forget to take amazing pictures. The estate provides a nice background to your pictures.
Please check out the schedule of visiting the Mackenzie King Estate before visiting during summers specifically.
Written 5 July 2022
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Scott P
Ottawa, Canada174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
On a Sunday afternoon, I was at the Mackenzie King Estate with friends for an afternoon tea. as well as to explore the estate where Canada's longest-serving Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King had his summer residence and retreat. There were these old ruins of Medieval archways and columns that were salvaged from the 1916 fire that consumed the Parliament Building in Ottawa as well as fragments that King collected from the British Houses of Parliament. While my friends and I were eating outside of the Pat Cafe, music from the Swing Era of the 1940s was playing in the background that was as a trip back in time making it a jolly day.
Written 24 August 2020
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Deborah S
Vaudreuil-Dorion, Canada38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Mackenzie King was an unusual person, but all of that aside, this was his refuge, as a single (unmarried) prime minister - he loved his dog and there is a special walking path for the pet .. the columns as seen in the photo were set up to frame certain parts of the landscape ... great for photos and just quiet time to contemplate ones life choices ... always a great visit ..
Written 14 February 2020
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Dan G
Gatineau, Canada159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019
Always a great place to visit, especially for taking pictures. Every chance I get to visit, I enjoy simply walking around, such a beautiful place.
Written 11 February 2020
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Mason M
Gatineau, Canada22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Great place to visit, may be a bit hard for some to walk up from the parking lot, but worth it. Makes for great photos.
A nice walk with flowers around, the 'prime minister's chalet ' more a tea and coffee area. Those ruins were the first places i visited as a kid and still is a joy to this day. I prefer spring or fall to visit but summer is good also
Written 26 January 2020
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