Mackenzie King Estate

The Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park is a precious Canadian legacy.

This 231-hectare country estate belonged to Canada’s 10th and longest-serving prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King. After spending almost 50 years (1903–1950) beautifying and expanding his property, King bequeathed his beloved estate to all Canadians.

A Gatineau Park treasure

The Mackenzie King Estate is a special place where you can spend the entire day enjoying nature. From the moment you enter the Estate, you will feel as though you have been taken back to the early 1900s. Enjoy a quiet walk on the wooded paths, or listen to the story of the Estate as told by one of our guide-interpreters. 

The faithfully restored cottages are open to visitors, and offer interactive exhibits for the whole family. Take a relaxing stroll through the magnificent gardens, visit the historical ruins, or sit back and enjoy a cup of tea on the main veranda of the Mackenzie King Tearoom.

With spectacular grounds and gardens, the Mackenzie King Estate and Tearoom offer a perfect natural backdrop for your special day. The Mackenzie King Estate grounds are available for small wedding ceremonies and the on-site Tearoom can be booked for receptions.

Mackenzie King Estate

Hours of Service

The grounds are always open.
Free access.

Museums and cottages

Closed: 
October 23, 2017 to May 18, 2018

Reopening:
May 19 to October 21, 2018
Weekdays: 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Tuesdays)
Weekends: 11 am to 6 pm

Before you visit, check the seasonal road closures

Get Directions #

Some of the parkways in the Park may be closed, depending on the season. Choose a route that corresponds with the date of your visit.

Take Kingsmere Road from Chelsea. Follow the signage directing you to parking lot P6, which will indicate to turn left at Swamp Road, then right at Barnes Road. The entrance to the Estate is on your left. 

Directions

(first Friday in May until the fourth Sunday in October)

South entrance: Take the Gatineau Parkway from Boulevard des Allumettières or Alexandre‑Taché Boulevard. Turn left at the Champlain Parkway, and continue for about 2 km. Then turn right at Mackenzie King Road. Follow the road and turn right to access parking lot P6 at the Estate.

Chelsea entrance: Take Highway 5 from downtown, then take Exit 12 (Old Chelsea), and turn left on Old Chelsea Road, which becomes Chemin du Lac-Meech. Turn left at the Gatineau Parkway, then right onto the Champlain Parkway, and continue for about 2 km. From Champlain Parkway, turn right at Mackenzie King Road. Follow the road, and turn right to access parking lot P6 at the Estate.

Directions

Activities and Events

Guided Activities at the Mackenzie King Estate

Guided Activities at the Mackenzie King Estate

While visiting the Mackenzie King Estate, chat with knowledgeable guides on-site in the museums and on the grounds.

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Hiking and walking

Hiking and walking

Whether you are new to the activity or already an avid hiker, Gatineau Park is an excellent spot for a nature hike. With 165 kilometres of hiking trails, the Park has something for everyone.

Walk in the nature

Rates

Mackenzie King Estate (P6)

May 19 to October 22, 2017: Weekdays, 9 am to 5 pm; weekends, 9 am to 6 pm. Half rate after 3 pm and on Tuesday.

Credit cards and exact change only. Machine does not take debit cards or bills.

Vehicle (max. 8 passengers):  $9.57 

Minibus (9 to 20 passengers):  $28.70 

Bus (over 20 passengers):  $47.84 

School bus:  Free (with reservation)

Summer season parking pass: $65.23

About Mackenzie King Estate

The Mackenzie King Estate was created by William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s 10th and longest-serving prime minister. For more than four decades, Mackenzie King spent most of his summers at the Estate. He gradually expanded and beautified the grounds, and eventually came to own 231 hectares (2.31 square kilometres) of land. In 2013, the cottages were restored, and now feature interactive exhibits that take visitors back in time to King’s era.

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Mobile app

Before your visit, download the free, bilingual app “Canada’s Capital Walking Tour,” available on Google Play and iTunes. Especially designed for families, the app features historical photos, interactive games and information.