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. Arrange to visit Parkwood National Historic Site: Museum and Heritage Garden and other attractions in Oshawa using our Oshawa travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Basement tour is informative, lots of unknown facts are shared, no pictures allowed though. Upstairs is more fun, it's like stepping back into time! Gorgeous grounds, they are free to the public. We a...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Parkwood is a fascinating journey into Canada's past. The mansion has something for everyone; from rare art to Canada's first automated bowling alley and a sprawling botanical grounds. The history is ...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    I took my sister who had Visited from England in March it was a wet day outside but enjoyed our tour ending with tea and muffin inside one of the covered gardens  more »
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  • May 23, 2017
    Beautiful home. The history of this place makes it that much more interesting to visit. Movies have been shot here, very popular place.
  • December 23, 2016
    I went during an event, so things were a bit different than usual. There was a crowd on this day which never happens on a regular day. I had to wait about twenty minutes or so to get into the house. Regardless of this, the staff was incredibly friendly and fun to joke around with while waiting in line for the special attractions they had set up for the event. This house is stunning regardless if there is an event going on or not. This is an awesome place to visit for something different from the norm. On top of all this, the location is a historical site which gives it some educational value as well.
  • June 30, 2017
    The most beautiful historical site to visit in Oshawa. Love that you can visit and relax in the gardens.
  • June 27, 2017
    Nice place to take an afternoon or evening stroll. Property is maintained well.
  • June 11, 2017
    Beautiful location. Well maintained grounds and friendly staff

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