The Mackenzie King Estate, former home to Canada’s 10th prime minister, is a beautiful country estate in Gatineau Park. Stroll the grounds and visit the faithfully restored cottages.
Hours of Service
Gardens, ruins and paths
The grounds are always open, and the Gatineau Park trails that pass through the Estate are great for hiking, skiing and snowshoeing. Before you visit, check the seasonal road closures.
Museums and cottages
Closed: October 17, 2016 to May 18, 2017
Reopening: May 19 to October 15, 2017
Weekdays: 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Tuesdays)
Weekends: 11 am to 6 pm
2017 Special Events
July 1 to 2: Canada Day Weekend
August 5 to 7: Estate in Bloom
September 2 to 4: Family Event at the Estate
September 30 to October 15: Fall Rhapsody
The grounds are always open
Facilities and Services
Fees and Parking
There is no fee to visit the Estate. An access fee is charged for vehicles using the Mackenzie King Estate parking lot.
May 19 to October 15, 2017, 9 am to 7 pm
Day pass (pay and display)
- Car: $11
- Minibus: $33
- Bus: $55 (over 20 passengers)
* Half rate after 3 pm and on Tuesday
** Credit cards and exact change (coins) accepted. Machine does not take debit cards and bills.
School groups touring the Estate (guided or self-guided) can reserve a free parking pass.
Season pass (May to October)
A season pass may be purchased for $75 per car. It is valid for all beaches in Gatineau Park, as well as Leamy Lake Beach and the Mackenzie King Estate. It may be purchased in person at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, 33 Scott Road in Chelsea, or online.
Some park roads are seasonally closed, so choose the directions that correspond to the date of your visit.
Mid-May to Mid-October: Take the Gatineau Parkway, then the Champlain Parkway and finally the Mackenzie King Parkway. Please note that parkways are sometimes closed during special events. On these occasions, use the winter access roads (mid-October to mid-May).
Mid-October to Mid-May: Take Kingsmere Road from Chelsea, Quebec. Signs for P6 will indicate a left turn at Swamp Road and then right at Barnes Road. The entrance to the Estate is on the left.
You can download a PDF map from the “Maps and Publications” box on this page, or you can get a printed map at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, the Gatineau Park Welcome Area or the Capital Information Kiosk, located across from Parliament Hill, at 90 Wellington Street.
Most of the buildings, the restaurant and the paths connecting them are accessible to all. The hiking trails are not wheelchair-accessible.
The Canada’s Capital Walking Tour mobile application includes a stop about the Mackenzie King Estate. Especially designed for families, the app features historic photos, interactive games and information. The app is free and bilingual.
Free Wi-Fi is offered at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, but there are some places in the Park that have limited cellular network coverage. We recommend that you download the app before your visit. It is available on Google Play or iTunes.
At the Mackenzie King Estate, guided tours are available for individuals, groups and school groups.
Safety and Conservation
The ruins and stone walls are historic structures to be preserved. For this reason and for your safety, climbing on the ruins and other structures is strictly prohibited. Please follow the Park’s safety and conservation rules.
For more information about the Mackenzie King Estate, contact the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre.