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Laurier House

335 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6R4, Canada
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Ranked #22 of 136 attractions in Ottawa
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Activities: Dining
Description: This historic residence served as the Prime Minister's home before 24 Sussex Drive.
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Saskatoon, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

I've been three times, but only was able to have a tour once. Times seem to be inconvenient or inconsistent. It's nice to be able to go through it, but I think you should call ahead to confirm details.

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111 reviews 111 reviews
15 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Take a guided tour and get the color commentary. Well worth it. Interesting place with many historical anecdotes

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Blue Mountains, Canada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I never knew this place existed, the tour was great the staff knowledgeable and friendly they answered all my questions and more. I had better catch up on my history.

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Coral Gables, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

An informative tour of a historic home of two very important Canadian prime ministers but only fully appreciated if you read up on the lives and careers of Laurier and McKenzie King before you go.

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Ottawa, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

This is a delightful spot, little known. The commisionaires give an excellent tour into the lives of three liberal prime ministers beginning with Sir Wilfred Laurier to whom the house was deeded by the Liberal Party, the eccentricities and successes of MacKenzie King and the World's Peacekeeper, Mike Pearson.

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Sturgeon Bay
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23 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

The Laurier House is really gorgeous and well-preserved. The Visitor's Center is very nice and educational. When we stopped by, we were the only ones visiting the house at that time, so the Park Service Guides were incredibly focused on us and our questions. It was so fun and educational.

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Whitby, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

The house is tucked away in a neighbourhood and definitely worth the trip there - only a 20 min walk from the Byward market. The interpreters are very knowledgeable, and it was neat to find out little tidbits about the Prime Ministers. Even King's toothbrush is still there! Gorgeous house!!

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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I really enjoyed visiting the Laurier House. It is well worth the time and money to visit this small gem in Ottawa. As someone not familiar with Canadian history, visiting this house gave me a great backdrop of Canadian history for visiting other historical sites/museums in Ottawa. The Laurier House no longer offers tours, but they have staff on each... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Laurier House gives one interesting insight into two very important Canadian Prime Ministers - over 30 years of combined leadership in two different eras. Incredibly valuable to any Canadian.

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Calgary, Canada
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145 reviews 145 reviews
112 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

The guides make the tour of the house very worthwhile. The introductory film sets the stage but the stories and explanations provided by the guides help make history come alive.

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