Family drawing on the interactive colouring wall

On July 1, 2024, come celebrate Canada Day at the Mackenzie King Estate! Join us for a fun-filled day, with festivities for all ages!

Fun fact: Three days after the Canadian Citizenship Act came into force, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King became the very first Canadian citizen, along with 25 other people. He began our country's first-ever citizenship ceremony with the words, “I speak to you as a citizen of Canada.”

About the activity

This celebration takes place rain or shine. It is free and suitable for all ages. No registration needed.

On July 1 only, there is free parking throughout Gatineau Park.


In addition to regular access to the Estate gardens, ruins, picnic area and hiking trails, the following activities will take place:

10 am to 5 pm
  • Kids’ corner: colouring activities, origami, temporary tattoos and a mural
  • Lawn games
  • Hands-on history: roaming e-cargo bike with a selection of artifacts from the Mackenzie King collection you can handle
10:30 am and 11 am25-minute pipe band performance by Sons of Scotland and highland dancers
Noon1-hour guided tour of the Estate with the Friends of Gatineau Park’s guide-interpreters (English and French tours offered)
1 pmCelebration with Canada Day cupcakes
2 pm1-hour guided tour of the Estate with the Friends of Gatineau Park’s guide-interpreters (English and French tours offered)

In case of very bad weather, guided tours will be cancelled, and activities will be moved indoors.

Date and time

Monday, July 1, 2024: Most activities will take place from 10 am to 5 pm, but the site is open all day.


The event takes place at the Mackenzie King Estate, located on the Mackenzie King Parkway in Chelsea, Quebec.

  • Shuttle: The free Gatineau Park shuttle is the most convenient way to get to the Estate. It will drop you off right at the Estate. The shuttle will be running on its usual weekday schedule.
  • Private vehicle: You can only access the Estate via municipal roads, as private vehicles don’t have access to the parkways on Mondays.
  • Hiking, cycling: You can reach the Estate via the Gatineau Park trail network or the parkways, which you can access at all times.


The Mackenzie King Estate parking lot is paved and has two parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities.

The path leading from the parking lot to the buildings and Abbey Ruins is partially accessible to wheelchair users. Because the path has some steep slopes and is not paved, wheelchair users may need some assistance to hike this trail.

Most of the buildings at the Estate, including washrooms, and the paths between them, are universally accessible. The ground floors of some of the museums are wheelchair accessible.

Manual wheelchairs are available upon request. If you need one, please ask one of the guide-interpreters on the site.

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