Entering the former residence of two of Canada’s most important Prime Ministers is like stepping into the inner sanctum of our country’s political history. For over fifty years this Second Empire mansion in downtown Ottawa was at the heart of Canadian political life, serving as the residence of both Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the Rt. Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie King. Here they entertained dignitaries and politicians while often conducting the business of state.

Featured things to do

Live History Theatre – A Séance in Time

Join King, his medium, his military adviser, and his household staff as they prepare to contact the other side during a harvest moon séance.

Afternoon tea on the verandah

Saturday afternoon tea on the verandah is a Laurier House tradition. Join us for this wonderful afternoon culinary and historic site experience.

Guided tours: Two Prime Ministers, One Home

Take a guided tour of the opulent former residence of two prime ministers of Canada: Sir Wilfrid Laurier and William Lyon Mackenzie King.

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa and the lockage permit

Your free pass to discovery

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at Parks Canada’s historic canals.

Get your free 2017 seasonal lockage permit

Canada 150

Sites nearby

  • Rideau Canal National Historic Site

    An historic 19th century military waterway linking rivers and lakes across Eastern Ontario’s countryside, the Rideau Canal is now a popular natural playground, perfect for boating, paddling, fishing, camping, hiking and cycling the canal’s wooded pathways.

  • Thousand Islands National Park

    Granite islands speckle the St. Lawrence River in a transition zone between Canadian Shield and Adirondack Mountains. Explore by boating, paddling, or hiking. Awesome Thousand Islands National Park awaits, a few hours from Toronto or Montreal.

Hours of operation

Closed until May 1st
Complete schedule


Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 613-992-8142
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888
Email: Laurier-House@pc.gc.ca