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Parkwood National Historic Site

270 Simcoe St N, Oshawa, Ontario L1G 4T5, Canada
+1 905-433-4311
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A piece of history

This review is for anyone who has not been. It is free to walk to grounds. I took my daughter for... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
John B
Oshawa, Canada

i went there to learn about Sam Maclaughlin and he is in interesting man and i like Parkwood place... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Christine H
OSHAWA, Canada
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An Autobaron's home of innovation and inspiration, and one of Canada's last grand estates. Immerse yourself in the era and lavish lifestyle of R. S. McLaughlin - founder of GM Canada. Beautifully preserved and so evocative of the jazz age & big band styles in automobiles, fashions, sporting life and garden parties. Get up close and personal with extensive access to historic spaces and fascinating stories of achievement and a life well-lived. Learn about the daily life of the large domestic staff that made this grand estate possible, and take a wander through the staff quarters to get a glimpse into the life of service.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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270 Simcoe St N, Oshawa, Ontario L1G 4T5, Canada
Downtown Oshawa
+1 905-433-4311
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This review is for anyone who has not been. It is free to walk to grounds. I took my daughter for a very nice walk through the grounds. We stopped for a snack at the back of the gardens as it was July. The quality...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i went there to learn about Sam Maclaughlin and he is in interesting man and i like Parkwood place to learn more about him he used to work at gm in oshawa

Thank Christine H
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Take a couple of hours with a guide and be surprised as you wander through this former magnificent home of the founder of General Motors Canada. There seem to be doors and panels that lead to adjoining rooms - pantry, squash court, dining room, reception...More

Thank Heathercrest
ParkwoodEstate, General Manager at Parkwood National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

I am glad that you enjoyed your tour of Parkwood! Hopefully you had the chance to Spend some time in our gardens as well.

Reviewed 7 October 2017

I didn't know what to expect when I joined the small tour here - but as we were led from room to room, it became clear this was a truly wonderful place, a masterclass in style and elegance, shades of Gatsby in the splendid, sun-room...More

Thank jeizza
ParkwoodEstate, General Manager at Parkwood National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Thank you for your wonderful words. You described Parkwood so beautifully. Mr. McLaughlin was an innovator and much ahead of his time, as you said so eloquently in your review. We are glad you enjoyed your tour and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 3 October 2017

What an amazing historic place. Many films and TV shows are filmed here because of it natural, majestic, and historic details, which have been well maintain over the years, by a wonderfully dedicated staff. Walking around the gardens, having brunch outside at the fountain side...More

Thank Ham101Ham
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful place to visit the antiques are amazing. It is a good experience. The rooms and furnishings are beautiful. I really enjoyed the master of the home's bedroom and shower. His walk in closet was sure something to see.

Thank Margaret M
Reviewed 29 September 2017

So how do you record a visit to share with others and remember back home? Take pictures! Why does this place forbid non-flash still photography? Copyrights? The walls, furniture and such are copyrighted? Somewhat of an odd explanation. Maybe the film companies that use this...More

Thank travelbob1
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Me and My family, My family friends enjoy visiting this place. The house has a lot of rooms. We did not have any time for the outside grounds but I still had a great time at this place.

Thank Every J
Reviewed 18 September 2017

I held my bridal shower at the Parkwood just yesterday, and honestly, it was a beautiful event, due to the efforts of my matron of honour and myself. We were blessed with amazing weather, since we were using the Outdoor Tea Garden. My guests were...More

2  Thank Veronica T
Reviewed 13 September 2017

One of Oshawa's most historic attractions doesn't disappoint. If you've never been, a guided tour is a must. Just seeing where so many movies have been filmed is interesting in and of itself. Bring a great camera because the grounds when the flowers are in...More

Thank Andrea T
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Mary G
12 October 2017|
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Response from travelbob1 | Reviewed this property |
I am not familiar with the rules but I did see people walk in from the outside and stroll about the grounds.
Amanda L
1 July 2017|
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Response from Freida782 | Reviewed this property |
No you can not walk your dog or any pets on the McLaughlin Estate. Their lawns and gardens are beautiful and almost pest/damage bug free - feces brings on all kinds of bugs etc. Most wildlife feces it picked up several... More
8 August 2016|
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