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Woodside National Historic Site

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Basque d in history

This is almost hidden away on Wellington St. N. It was the childhood home of former Canadian Prime... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Kitchener, Canada
Murder Mystery Evening!

On a dark and rainy evening, we walked up to the house and into a murder mystery! Complete with Sir... read more

Reviewed November 19, 2017
Chatham, Canada
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528 Wellington St N, Kitchener, Ontario N2H 5L5, Canada
+1 519-571-5684
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Woodside has a nice rustic charm to it and the surrounding parkland is very beautiful. I suspect its a popular place for social gatherings and photography. Its a shame the house isn’t open at the moment, undergoing some repairs I believe, but still well worth...More

2  Thank Zeusthecockapoo
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Reviewed April 1, 2015

The outside of this beautiful estate is extremely lovely and hides the wealth of knowledge hiding inside. It is a real shame that recent government budget cuts have closed this and other facilities like it from having staff and "open hours" as well as interpreter-guides....More

2  Thank CdnGoldy
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

This is almost hidden away on Wellington St. N. It was the childhood home of former Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King who lived there from 1886 to 1893. It is now a museum where the staff are dressed in period clothes. Small fee...More

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Reviewed January 12, 2018

I went to the Murder Mystery event here for my birthday, and it was fantastic. I really loved the format that the Murder Mystery was done in, and the characters/actors were great. It was really nice to wander through the house while interviewing the characters...More

1  Thank Debbie K
Reviewed November 19, 2017

On a dark and rainy evening, we walked up to the house and into a murder mystery! Complete with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, murder... of course, scandals and intrigue! We all had a fantastic time figuring out whodunnit. Was it Stratford calibre acting, no, but...More

1  Thank Lederfrau
Reviewed November 9, 2017

If you love Canadian history check our this site. This house was the childhood home of our prime minister William Lyon MacKenzie King. The house has many artifacts from the King family during their time here. Christmas is the time to go and celebrate a...More

1  Thank Jan103162
Reviewed November 6, 2017

Beautiful home and a great piece of Canada's history. Friendly staff at the door. Spend at least 30 minutes wandering the rooms of this old home then take a walk around the property. Worth a visit. Donations are welcomed.

1  Thank richs194
Reviewed June 19, 2017

Driven past several times and finally went in - very nice park land area very scenic - but there are nice parks and trails all over Kitchener Waterloo - the historic home is a nice period piece and interesting, but nothing special. Those working there...More

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Reviewed January 1, 2017

It is better to visit this place during the Christmas season when the inside is open for tours, but the grounds are still pretty nice to visit, with as much history as is pertinent to the man and the house.

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Reviewed October 27, 2016

Visited with our children. Interesting to see how our Premier lived when he was a child. Well kept building great grounds for photos. Worth a visit.

Thank gjbooth
Reviewed August 12, 2016

My family and I enjoy visiting Woodside especially at Christmas. This beautifully restored home is especially welcoming during the holiday season. The tour guide, dressed in period costume, is very helpful in explaining a Victorian style Christmas. A leisurely hour long tour of the home...More

1  Thank Maggie V
Reviewed March 28, 2016

This is well worth the visit especially if you enjoy Canadian history. The site is beautiful and the house has been restored and decorated to the period. Our daughter was taking piano lessons at the time and they let her play Mackenzie King's piano, which...More

1  Thank 194hankb
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