The Estate in Bloom

From August 5 to 7, 2017, the Mackenzie King Estate celebrates its beautiful gardens and landscapes with the annual event “The Estate in Bloom.”

Beautiful and aromatic, flowers and plants have many practical uses that will be revealed through interactive demonstrations about edible flowers, pollinators and beekeeping. Step back in time, with jazz music and dancing, a photography workshop, lawn games from Mackenzie King’s era, as well as free activities for the whole family.

Former prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King had a passion for gardening, horticulture and landscaping. A three-day garden party, “The Estate in Bloom” allows visitors to experience the beauty of the gardens he created at his residence in the heart of Gatineau Park.


Noon to 4 pm

  • Live jazz Band
  • Swing dancers
  • Face painting for children
  • Photography workshop (bring your own camera)

12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

  • Edible flowers
  • “Magnificent Pollinators” demonstration
  • Soap demonstration (products for sale)*      
    *Saturday and Monday only

1 pm to 5 pm

  • Photography exhibition
  • Flower arrangement demonstration

Ongoing Activities (11 am to 6 pm)

  • Kids’ Corner
  • Interactive colouring wall
  • Old-fashioned lawn games (croquet, horseshoes, beanbag toss)
  • NEW: Selfie Station
  • Tour of the cottages (museums)
  • Picturesque gardens, heritage ruins and nature trails

The Mackenzie King Tearoom is cooking up a barbecue from noon to 5 pm (cash only). Visitors to the Estate may also bring their own picnic.

Activities are free, but regular vehicle access fees apply.

Please note that parkways in Gatineau Park are closed to vehicles on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The NCC is proud of its association with the following media partners of the Mackenzie King Estate: Rogers Media (Country 101 FM, 1310 NEWS), Bell Media (94,4 Rouge fm, ÉNERGIE 104,1 FM), Ottawa Metro and LeDroit.