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Woodside National Historic Site

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Address: 528 Wellington St N, Kitchener, Ontario N2H 5L5, Canada
Phone Number: 519-571-5684

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Don't miss this beautiful historic site!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2016
Hank B
Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars 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 was somewhat challenging because the keys were not the same as a normal piano. It's... More 

Thank Hank B
Kitchener, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Although William Lyon Mackenzie King only lived here for a few years while he was a teenager, I'm sincerely grateful his home has been made into a museum/park. Apparently back in the day, his mother was really into holding séances, something he would continue in his later years solo: "King communed with spirits, using séances with paid mediums. Thereby he... More 

Thank Kat_van_Groove
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

This beautiful, old turn-of-the-century home is one of my favourite historic sites in Kitchener, Ontario. Touring each of the rooms, looking at the unique furniture, china displays, larder cupboards, wallpaper coverings, wonderful antiques, pot-bellied stoves,old framed photos, etc., I feel as though I have gone back in history and tasted another era...can almost imagine playing outdoors with the King Family... More 

Thank 142vericak
Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2016

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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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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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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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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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

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