Plaques, Statues, etc.:
Plaque at Kingsmere, Quebec
(For inscription see FOURNIER (F5462 A1 F 680 p. 160))
Places, Buildings, etc.
Named After Prime Minister:
Mackenzie King Island, 5048 km2, one of the central islands in the Queen Elizabeth Islands of the Arctic Archipelago.
Mackenzie King Village. University of Waterloo residence; welcomed its first residents in the fall of 2001.
Mackenzie King Bridge. On July 1, 1950, Mackenzie King Bridge was named in honour of Canada's 10th prime minister. Located near the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario.
Woodside National Historic Site,
528 Wellington Street North,
(Boyhood home of W.L.M. King 1886-1891)
Laurier House National Historic Site,
350 Laurier Avenue East,
(House of William Lyon Mackenzie King 1923-1950)
on Historic Sites:
KINGSMERE, Quebec, a property left to the nation by former PM William Lyon Mackenzie KING (although it is not named for him, but an early pioneer family), is administered by the NATIONAL CAPITAL COMMISSION. Located in Gatineau Park 12 km from Gatineau, Quebec. It began as a small lakefront property purchased by King in 1903. It grew over the years into an estate of some 240 ha where King would walk his guests - among whom were the Duke of Windsor and Winston Churchill - over miles of nature trails and where from May to October he conducted much of the nation's business. It included 5 country homes, barns, garages, gardens and the Moorside ruins, a peculiar collection of materials from old Ottawa buildings. "The Farm" is the residence of the Speaker of the House of Commons.
LAURIER HOUSE, 335 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, Ontario see LAURIER, Sir Wilfrid
WOODSIDE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK, Kitchener, Ontario
Woodside, the boyhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada's 10th prime minister, was built in 1853 on spacious tree-covered grounds in Kitchener. The recollections of Mackenzie King guided Parks Canada's restoration of Woodside to the period of the early 1890s when the King family lived here. It became a National Historic Park in 1954.
Woodside was leased to John King, a lawyer of means, from 1886 to 1893. His wife, Isabel, was the daughter of William Lyon Mackenzie, leader of the abortive Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada (Ontario). The Kings' four children, the second of whom was William (Willie), held fond memories of the time they lived at Woodside, although the family never owned the property. Mackenzie King recalled years later that the years spent in this rambling mid-Victorian house "left the most abiding of all impressions" on him.
Guides in period costume interpret the historic home and its furnishings, and a modern exhibit illustrates the story of Mackenzie King. Woodside National Historic Park is open year-round.
Mailing address for more information:
Woodside National Historic Park
528 Wellington Street North
Kitchener, Ontario N2H 5L5
(Historic Guide to Canada's National Historic Parks)
First Among Equals -- The Prime Minister in Canadian Life and Politics
(National Library of Canada and Library and Archives Canada)
Details of Interest
Longest total duration as PM in the whole of the Commonwealth