Parkwood National Historic Site: Museum and Heritage Garden, Oshawa

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See an immaculately preserved example of 1920s and 1930s design at Parkwood National Historic Site: Museum and Heritage Garden, former residence of General Motors of Canada founder Samuel McLaughlin. This national historic site offers guided tours through its interior and manicured grounds, all of which represent a rare example of design, landscape, and architecture from the period. Inside, browse memorabilia, trophies, art collections, and photographs in the opulent, original interior. The big highlight is likely to be the gardens, which McLaughlin--an enthusiastic horticulturist--had designed according to the Arts and Crafts aesthetic. Note the site often closes during periods of ice and snow in the garden, and film shootings here are not uncommon, so check the website before you go. Put Parkwood National Historic Site: Museum and Heritage Garden at the forefront of your travel plans using our Oshawa trip itinerary app .
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  • If you would like to explore a bit of history in Oshawa, don’t overlook this little gem. Gorgeous landscaped grounds, a tea house and beautiful home. The grounds and home have been used for many movie...  more »
  • Did this with my boyfriend and 2 friends. Had a blast. Love that multiple tours are offered now including secret spaces. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the tour was approx 1 hour. A bit pri...  more »
  • This review is for anyone who has not been. It is free to walk to grounds. I took my daughter for a very nice walk through the grounds. We stopped for a snack at the back of the gardens as it was July...  more »
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  • I had my wedding photos taken here. Lovely place and the security guard was quite helpful. I'd be interested in going back for a tour.
  • Such an amazing historical mansion. It has been preserved very well and the tour of the inside is great and staff is very nice and informative. Only downside is you can't take pictures of the inside. Its crazy the technology the house had for being that old. Also Billy Madison was filmed here.
  • Parkwood weddings are always amazing! Very organized staff, breathtaking grounds, outdoor ceremony options are beautiful, tented receptions are gorgeous, lots of parking and lots to explore! A stunning historic venue with lots to offer. Always a pleasure being invited to photograph weddings here!
  • We had a nice tour only of the mansion. You are not allowed to photograph the interior. The guide was informative the history was interesting. The furniture, all from that time was great to see. The exterior was just beautiful. Go on a sunny day when everything is in full bloom.
  • Parkwood, a look into the McLaughlin mansion. A beautiful estate, from the gardens to the architecture. Check-in and take a tour around the mansion, you get to view what it's like to be rich and see the amazing things that were constructed back then, like the indoor bowling alley. Mr (Mr McLaughlin, once owner of GM Canada)

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