Enjoy a walk on the beautiful grounds of Woodside, the childhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s 10th and longest serving prime minister, wandering through the surrounding hardwood forest. Then, come inside for a fascinating self-guided tour of the charming Victorian home filled with heirlooms from the King family and period reproduction pieces that capture the ambiance of the era.

Getting here

Location

528 Wellington Street North
Kitchener ON N2H 5L5

By car

Access from the Niagara Peninsula via the QEW

  • Take the QEW towards Toronto.
  • Take the 403 west towards Brantford/Hamilton.
  • Exit at Highway 6 north towards Guelph.
  • Exit at the 401 west towards London.
  • Take exit 278 and follow Highway 8 west towards Kitchener/Waterloo.
  • Take Highway 85 north.
  • Exit at Wellington Street West.
  • Turn right onto Wellington Street and turn right onto Spring Valley Road.
  • The entrance is located on the left hand side.

Access from Toronto via the 401

  • Take the 401 West towards London.
  • Take exit 278 and follow Highway 8 west towards Kitchener/Waterloo.
  • Take Highway 85 north.
  • Exit at Wellington Street West.
  • Turn right onto Wellington Street and turn right onto Spring Valley Road.
  • The entrance is located on the left hand side.

Access from London/Windsor from the 401

  • Take the 401 East towards Toronto.
  • Take exit 278 B and follow Highway 8 west towards Kitchener/Waterloo.
  • Take Highway 85 north.
  • Exit at Wellington Street West.
  • Turn right onto Wellington Street and turn right onto Spring Valley Road.
  • The entrance is located on the left hand side.

By public transit

From the Kitchener Bus Station, take route # 6 and get off at the corner of Lancaster Street and Wellington Street. Walk eastward along Wellington Street. Once you have passed the overhead railway bridge, cross Wellington Street and walk up Woodside's pedestrian laneway. The laneway will lead you to the national historic site.

By other means

Via Rail has regular train service to Kitchener, via Windsor, London, Toronto and Niagara Falls. Some stations will require transfer. Visit: http://www.viarail.ca/

Airports

Region of Waterloo International Airport, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport

Hours of operation

October 4 - December 23, 2017
Historic House Open: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday to Sunday.
Grounds Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

Detailed list of hours of operation

Fees

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

Facilities and services

Accessible Facilities Accessible services
Information Information
Picnic Shelter Picnic shelter
Bus parking
Parking Parking
Restrooms Restrooms
Dogs on leash
Picnic Area Picnic area

Woodside National Historic Site offers a variety of facilities and services for the pubic to enjoy. The grounds of Woodside allow for easy accessibility to parking, the historic house, picnic tables and shelter with washrooms during operating hours. Please refer to the information below and our operating hours for additional details.

Quick facts

  • Visit Woodside National Historic Site, the boyhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada's tenth, and longest-serving Prime Minister.
  • Stroll the 11.5 acres of mature forest and beautiful gardens.
  • Explore the authentic Victorian boyhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King and view artifacts donated by the King family.
  • Experience a time when Canada was young and Kitchener was a newly developing city, then called Berlin.