⚠️ COVID-19 | The museums, cottages and the Mackenzie King Tearoom are closed for the season, and special events are cancelled for 2020. The gardens, trails and ruins are accessible at all times, and Pat Café is now reopen.

Mackenzie King Estate is accessible via Kingsmere Road from Chelsea. Follow the signage directing you to parking lot P6, which indicates a left turn on Swamp Road, then a right on Barnes Road. The Estate entrance is on the left.

In 2020, there will be no parking fees at Mackenzie King Estate.


There's so much to discover!

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.

The Kingswood and Moorside cottages, faithfully restored and rich in artifacts, are open to visitors in the summer. Step back in time with interactive exhibits, or let one of our guides tell you the story of the estate.

Magnificent English and French gardens, historical ruins and hiking trails are open year-round. Come and enjoy a walk in nature, and discover this jewel in the heart of Gatineau Park.

The Mackenzie King Estate is a favourite attraction on the Chemins d’eau tourist route.

Discover the remarkable trees in this area.

Where to eat

NOW OPEN! Affectionately named after Mackenzie King’s dogs, Pat Café offers an old-fashioned ice cream bar, delicious sandwiches, house-made treats and a variety of beverages. Take in the beautiful surroundings, as you enjoy your snack on the outdoor terrace overlooking the gardens.


Take in the romantic atmosphere of the Mackenzie King Tearoom while you savour a meal, in an elegant, historical setting. English tea service and seasonal lunch menu featuring local producers, house-made products, wine and beer. The veranda overlooking the gardens is itself worth the visit. The tearoom is closed for the 2020 season.

Did you know?

William Lyon Mackenzie King welcomed many dignitaries to his summer home, including Winston Churchill. Discover other interesting facts, see historical photos and take a virtual tour.

Hours

Access to the grounds and museums is free at all times.

Museum and cottages
Closed for the 2020 season.

Café and tearoom
For menu and hours, or to make a reservation, visit tandco.ca.

Good to know

  • Picnic area, washrooms and water fountains on-site. (water fountains not available until further notice)
  • Dogs on leash are permitted. Please see pet regulations.
  • Guided group tours are available. (not offered in 2020)
  • The Estate grounds are available for modest wedding ceremonies. (not offered in 2020)
  • No parking fees at parking lot P6 in 2020.

Universal accessibility

Most of the buildings and the paths connecting them are accessible to all. The hiking trails are not wheelchair accessible.

Getting here

The Mackenzie King Estate is on Mackenzie King Road. Access to the Estate depends on the time of year that you are visiting.

When the parkways are open, access to the Estate is via the Champlain Parkway, from the Gatineau Parkway. Take the Gatineau Parkway from the Park’s south entrance (Boulevard des Allumettières or Alexandre-Taché Boulevard) or from Chelsea (via Old Chelsea Road and Chemin du Lac-Meech).

When the parkways are closed (during regular closures or special events), take Kingsmere Road from Chelsea. Follow the signage directing you to parking lot P6, which indicates a left turn on Swamp Road, then a right on Barnes Road. The Estate entrance is on the left.

When the parkways are closed for the winter, take Kingsmere Road from Chelsea. Follow the signage directing you to parking lot P6, which indicates a left turn on Swamp Road, then a right on Barnes Road. The Estate entrance is on the left.