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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  • This year is the ideal time to go to Parkwood & getting better all the time. The tours have all been revamped for the 100th anniversary in 2017 & there is so much more to see. The house tours are rema...  more »
  • My family has been on the tour twice and it has been lovely. One of the things my children loved the most are the hidden stairways and false walls! I love the fact that this family did so much for the...  more »
  • Our daughter had her wedding day pictures taken at this location. The administrator was extremely accommodating and a pleasure to work with. The pictures turned out amazing. I would highly recommend t...  more »
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  • Incredible building and property. Glad to hear that funds have been raised to restore the greenhouses. The home is certainly in need of some restoration. Nonetheless, a very interesting tour. I have found this tour interesting as a child and years later an adult. Give yourself time to explore the gardens.
  • Great scenery, beautiful fountain, good vibes, and wonderful staff- especially the security guard whose name I can't currently remember but was particularly helpful, knowledgeable, and kind. The story behind the tastefully decadent mansion he told added intrigue and allure to the mansion and its former owners. Did you know that during WW2 the creator of what became GM Canada snuck spies in through tunnels to train in his home? Or that his wife named Adelaide opened the hospital across the street - and she's where our own Adelaide Street draws its name? I didn't but do now. Recommend you visit! Romantic, beautiful, interesting, and with great staff.
  • The McLaughlin family kept a lot of culture alive. The examples of architecture are inspiring and make one think about possibilities. Limestone as opposed to drywall. I would prefer limestone. There is this mystical mystery. When it comes to emotional luxuries.
  • Beautiful! Wonderful tour of house and spectacular gardens. Got all dressed up one year to watch a showing of the Academy awards !
  • Beautiful grounds. We had our wedding here and return often to relive the setting. Great spot for a stroll.