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Address: 528 Wellington Street North, Kitchener, Ontario N2H 5L5, Canada
Phone Number: 519-571-5684
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hidden gem

great depiction of the childhood home of Mackenzie King. It has been subject to federal govenrment cuts and so is closed some of the time so check ahead as to when it is open

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
Cottage country, Georgian Bay, Ontario
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there for an evening visit just before Christmas and the house was lovely! Such a grand and elegant place - I would love to live there. As an added feature, there was a gentleman outside roasting chestnuts over an over campfire for us to enjoy. This is a must-visit place for you to bring family and friends (at... More 

Thank Ella S
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Even if it were open, and it's usually closed, there's really only one building to see and it wouldn't take long. Be careful of poison ivy on the property.

Thank CanadaMoi
Cottage country, Georgian Bay, Ontario
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

great depiction of the childhood home of Mackenzie King. It has been subject to federal govenrment cuts and so is closed some of the time so check ahead as to when it is open

Thank parkwarden
Kitchener, Canada
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I would not recommend this place to anyone, there are crack heads living in the park when we went we were approached by a couple of very scary bums as we walked up the path to the home I found needles on the ground, The house was locked and no one other than the crack heads were there.

Thank stardaz
Kitchener, Canada
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91 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Unfortunately sometimes closed; just when you want to visit. Other reviewers are correct either closed due to government cuts or recently the home had mold. :( However, when it is open, it is a true Kitchener gem and I highly recommend anyone goes to visit. The rooms, the history, the antiques, the knowledge of the tour guides...its been a favourite... More 

Thank Donnad9
Kitchener, Canada
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205 reviews
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2 of 5 stars 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. As a history buff, and having had a mom and dad who took us around... More 

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Kitchener, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A gem inside the city. Most citizens of Kitchener and Waterloo Region don't even know it exists! This was the boyhood home of Mackenzie King and is accurately and lovingly restored to what it looked like in 1890. Open year round it is particularly beautiful during the growing season with the extensive grounds.

Thank weewilly69
Kitchener, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

We actually went before last year, and were sad that it was closed for a while. We have taken groups to their Christmas event where you can book the downstairs room for tea as well and it was wonderful. Gorgeous location!

Thank Stacey S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Both our children became Canadian citizens at Woodside. They have a Canada Day citizenship ceremony that should be experienced at least once in your lifetime - even if you are already a citizen. Makes your heart beat a little more proudly and it really is a lovely location.

Thank RKGKitchener
Cambridge, Canada
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

I love this National Historic Site, the Victorian Kitchener Home of Mackenzie King's family. SHAME on the Present Harper Government for allowing it to be closed. The knowledgeable interpreters, the beautiful furniture and artifacts, and the fantastic interactive programs were wonderful. On July 1, great Canada Day parties were held on the lawn with memorable ceremonies to welcome New Citizens... More 

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