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
Museums and cottages
May 20 to October 16, 2016
Weekdays: from 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Tuesdays)
Weekends: from 11 am to 6 pm
Gardens, ruins and paths
Accessible every day, year-round
2016 Special Events
July 1-3: Canada Day Weekend
July 30 to August 1: Estate in Bloom
September 3 to 5: Family Event at the Estate
October 1 to 16: Fall Rhapsody
Mid-October 2016 to Mid-May 2017
The grounds are always open. Some Gatineau Park ski and snowshoe trails pass through the Estate.
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 20 to October 16, 2016, from 9 am to 7 pm
Day pass (pay and display)
- Car: $10
- 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 is available in person at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre located on 33 Scott Road in Chelsea, and 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 lead you on 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 and 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, yet 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 now on Google Play or iTunes.
At the Mackenzie King Estate, guided tours are offered 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.