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Mackenzie King Estate, Gatineau

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 180 reviews on the web
Stretching across a perfectly kept 231 ha (570 ac), Mackenzie King Estate exists as a picturesque testament to one man's love of nature and architecture. William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada's 10th and longest serving Prime Minister created the estate, where he spent his summers slowly developing it into the pristine sight you see today. Verdant green gardens with flourishing plants and flowers surround a butter yellow colonial house and adjacent cottages. Through interactive displays, learn serval chapters of Canadian history, as well as the life the former Prime Minister. Take in the views from the quaint tea room overlooking the grounds, or take a picnic and stroll through the gardens, finding the ruins the Prime Minister gathered from Canada and abroad. A visit to Mackenzie King Estate represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Gatineau itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Although there is a $10 parking fee, there is no other fee needed. Very reasonable for a family! It was very interesting to know more about the history of this influential Prime Minister who brought a...  read more »
  • A wonderful place to visit when the autumn leaves are falling and the maple trees in Gatineau Park are in "full bloom". We stopped at the Tea House and had fresh, hot, thick "Quebec" onion soup (with ...  read more »
  • The Mackenzie King Estate is one of the jewels of the Gatineau Park. It was bequeathed to the heritage of the Canada by the former Prime Minister King. Located on an enchanting site, the place exudes Canadian history and the past. King spent all his summers for over 25 years. Over the years, he acquired 231 hectares of land. As soon as one enters the cabins, personal belongings of King goes back to his time. Like his aura was still present. Both within chalets outside, there are a multitude of historical information on the King, the size of the field area contains a huge garden, woodland, Abbey ruins, trails, hiking, and even an adjacent Lake cottages for guests. One can easily spend several hours in order to visit the whole area. A huge parking is available but not free. ($ 10 for each vehicle). -Machine for the payment, credit cards or exact change only, the machine does not accept debit cards or tickets. However, there is a half-price after 3 p.m. and on Tuesday. Picnics are allowed on-site, and admission is free. It is possible to have guided tours for visitors, groups or schools. On-site toilets available, and a tea room (used as menu light - soups, sandwiches, salads, soft drinks, tea, coffee, juice etc... We learn a lot about Canadian history. The place is ideal for lovers of nature and photography.
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  • The grounds are nice but the tearoom is terrible. We ordered an afternoon tea for two and paid nearly $50 for something that looked like it was made to play pretend with a toddler. Any reputable chef should be embarrassed. The dessert looked like it was from Costco, the scones looked like it from a box mixture, the sandwiches looked and tasted like they were meant to be served to a toddler. The jam and Devonshire cream were good. When it was time to pay, the waiter proceeded to add his own tip 15% in the card machine. We questioned him about it and he said it was restaurant protocol. What? Maybe it's to make sure they make their money since the food is not good. Will never go back!
  • Great for walks in the summer and loved snow-shoeing in the winter. Cafe was nice but as with all these places expensive. I'm sure if it was busy the service would be slow, but polite. The fake ruins are interesting and plenty of scope for photography. Yes the parking is expensive.
  • Beautiful place to walk or take pictures. Be careful, you need to pay for the parking
  • Avoid this place if you don't have a high tolerance for anoyances. Parking is overpriced at $9. Better to risk the $37 fine, or even better to grab a permit from someone who is leaving and also wants to help make the cost of parking more fair. Service in the cafe was poor. We left after waiting way too long for someone to take our order. Online information directed us to downtown Ottawa. Management hasn't taken basic steps to insure accurate online information.
  • I went during summer and during winter too. Good to know a little bit of history but nothing amazing. Get the guided tour!
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