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Mackenzie King Estate, Gatineau

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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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  • This estate has been around for.as long as I can remember. My parents use to bring us here when we were young and it's a gem of a place. A little cafe is there now and it's a must see place and is gre...  more »
  • Lived having tea and a beautifull walk on the estate. Must see the small museum on site. It's a little know place unfortunately but very interesting to know about.  more »
  • Wonderful place for a wander well kept park and grounds always lots of people wandering around. Lovely bit of history and some wonderful pictures can be taken almost anywhere on the grounds. A beautif...  more »
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  • Nice place to go for a picnic, or to let your kids stretch their legs and run around. A part of Canadian history.
  • This was my first time visiting the estate. The signs were clearly marked and the paths were maintained. My group ended up going for a 2 hour hike and saw some spectacular views. There were quite a few cross country skiers and dog friendly trails.
  • Nice scenic estate that connects nicely to the Waterfall trail.
  • 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.