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Parkwood National Historic Site

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Oshawa
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Address: 270 Simcoe St N, Oshawa, Ontario L1G 4T5, Canada
Phone Number: +1 905-433-4311
10:30 - 16:30
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An Autobaron's home of innovation & inspiration, and one of Canada's...

An Autobaron's home of innovation & inspiration, and one of Canada's last grand estates.

Immerse yourself in the era and lavish lifestyle of R. S. McLaughlin - beautifully preserved and so evocative of Jazz Age & Big Band styles in automobiles, fashions, sporting life and garden party.

Get up close and personal, with extensive access to historic spaces and fascinating stories of achievement and a life well-lived. Learn about the work of top designers and the large domestic staff that made this grand estate possible.

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Afternoon walk

Beauty afternoon I had relatives from Arizona visiting. Strolling leisurely through the grounds was a total delight. I feel the mansion and grounds are very mystical while walking... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Mark R
Oshawa, Canada
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Oshawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beauty afternoon I had relatives from Arizona visiting. Strolling leisurely through the grounds was a total delight. I feel the mansion and grounds are very mystical while walking you can almost feel yourself being transported back in time. We spent a couple of hours just outside loving nature. I say it every year, I want to bring my girls with... More 

Thank Mark R
Oshawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting Historical site. Went with auto enthusiast friends. Had great lunch on Tea Room Patio. Beautiful gardens. Interesting to see where many movies and TV shows are filmed. Earlier in August, I was able to go to a behind scenes tour of the basement, which is offered once a year.

Thank DenisetTheWanderer
Oshawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This site gives the perfect example of Oshawa's elite culture long ago. You can see the extravagance of the privilegedfrom back in that time. While touring you get to view living quarters as well as the way they spent their free time. example- bowling alley, indoor swimming pool and beautiful gardens. During the summer months the tea house is open... More 

Thank L G
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Parkwood is absolutely beautiful. It was state of the art when it was built. I would definitely recommend a tour. The grounds are beautiful as well. There is so much to see and admire. It is like stepping back in time to the twenties and you would love to see how things were in it's hey day.

Thank Cindy S
Oshawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The thing I liked was all the unexpected things to see inside the house. Also, the stories involving those things were informative and entertaining

Thank Deanna H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Full of lots of interesting information about the creator of general motors. Kept up beautiful yard.. Wonderful staff who do their best to answer any questions you may have. My children even enjoyed the tour. Would definatly recommend this place to those who havent yet been.

Thank Shantel H
Oshawa, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Glimpse into the life of the family that founded auto manufacturing in Canada. Statey home with its original and fine quality furnishings. A tea room for you to rest and reflect. Beautiful gardens with fountains and walkways. This really is Ontario at its finest. A well maintained estate that captures the tone of a long past era in Canada's history.

Thank drbass2015
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

You've seen it as a backdrop on many movie sets whether you have realized it or not but it's really worth a visit. It's an amazing place and gives you a glimpse of what it was like to be one of the elite in the early 1900s. How many houses have bowling alleys and indoor pools? The grounds are amazing!!!... More 

Thank TSMTor
Courtice, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

An interesting look into the past. If you have been there before, come back for Open Doors Oshawa to see behind the curtain.

Thank Marc L
Whitby, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Visited this fabulous home recently and when you walk up the circular drive to the grand entrance and through the front door you are magically in the past! Each room brought more wonderously charming treasures of an era long past. The best thing about the visit is the great family that lived there. The father loved his wife and five... More 

Thank Vicki R

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