Peaceful countryside abound in fall colors located 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa
Let’s go visit the estate of the late Right Hon William Lyon Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada for nearly 22 years and friend of my great grandfather, Hon George H. Murray. King bequeathed this property to the citizens of Canada and is part of Gatineau Park.
The sign at the Kingswood gate estate reads: ….In 1903, as a young deputy minister, King bought his first property on Kingsmere Lake and built a small cottage. This was the beginning of what would become a large estate. At Kingswood, King found an escape from the pressures of his political life. During the 25 summers he spent here, King worked hard to make Kingswood a beautiful and comfortable retreat for himself, his family, and his friends.
As I strolled around the property, I wondered which cottage my great grandfather would have stayed in when he was a guest of Mackenzie King.
Just a short walk from King’s guest cottages through a beautiful natural wooded area to the boat house and swimming beach.
Back up the steep wooded slope to the top of the hill and King’s beloved summer home called Moorside, which was the last building that he constructed on the estate. Moorside is now a museum of King’s life and also houses a tea room for paying guests.
Looking at these gardens, it is obvious that Mackenzie King had a keen interest in landscape architecture and gardening.
Then the drive back down King Mountain towards Ottawa with continuing fall colour at every glance. Thanks for taking the trip with me.