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Mackenzie King Estate, Gatineau
(4.2/5 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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  • Had tea in the unheated cottage as the wind whipped through from one end to the other. Granted it was Oct 19 and they were suppose to be closed but the colours were peaking and the Gatineau Park was p...  more »
  • 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...  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 ...  more »
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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 peaceful place. Lots of room to walk.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful place to walk or take pictures. Be careful, you need to pay for the parking