Admission & Operating Schedule
About Our Tours
Parkwood National Historic Site is pleased to offer several tour options for you to choose from. Led by knowledgeable and friendly guides, you will experience the estate as guests of the McLaughlin Family once did as you wander through luxurious interiors and learn about the nationally significant architecture and original furnishings, artwork and artifacts. You will gain insight into the interesting life and lifestyle of Canadian auto baron R. S. McLaughlin. In addition to these tours, you are welcome to visit the 11 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens at no charge. (Note to guests: Grounds are closed from October 15 – April 30).
The Auto Baron’s Experience (90 minutes)
For first time visitors, this is the recommended tour that will provide you with an overview of the entertaining spaces (main floor) of the Estate, as well as an introduction to the McLaughlin Family.
Private Spaces (60 minutes)
This tour of the second floor bedrooms is not available on its own, but rather is an add-on to the Auto Barons Tour Experience. This combined tour will last 2 hours.
The Servant’s Experience (60 minutes)
Experience daily life at Parkwood through the eyes of the service staff, as you visit the servants kitchen, servery, dining room, head housekeeper’s room and the 3rd floor living quarters.
Parkwood Collects, The Art Collection Tour (2 hours)
This tour interprets the impressive art collection on both floors of the mansion, however it is only available through advanced booking registration.
Basement Tours (60 minutes)
Just like most homes, the basement at Parkwood is used for storage and is used to work on repair projects for the Estate. When the McLaughlin’s were in residence the basement was the industrial hub of the mansion including laundry facilities, the cannery, the boilers, the workings of the elevator, the wine cellar and much more. The basement tour interprets these areas of the house, along with information that Parkwood has collected over the years through our oral history collection program. As one of our most popular tours, this sells out quickly so advanced reservations are suggested.
This tour is only available for 10 days in August beginning on the McLaughlin Day long weekend. (August Civic holiday in Oshawa)
Stairs are required to access the basement areas of the Estate.
Looking for somewhere new to take your group. Come visit Parkwood and immerse yourself in one of Canada’s premier estates. Whether you are a school group, a community organization or a bus tour we look forward to hosting you. For more information, group rates, or to make reservations for your group tour, please contact [email protected] or call 905.433.4311. (typically we require three week’s notice)
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Garden Tour (90 minutes)
The Parkwood gardens have references to the great gardens of England and Europe but with a 20th century spirit Much of the landscape design draws inspiration from the English Arts & Crafts gardening movement. This style called for a high degree of formality near the house, dissolving into less formal presentation with distance from the house. A stroll through the grounds provides a reward at every tour. Come explore the Parkwood gardens on this 90 minute guided tour.
Garden Tours are available on Wednesday mornings only, weather permitting.