Just less than an hour's away from downtown Ottawa, Mackenzie King Estate was the summer home of former Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King. Located in the heart of Gatineau Park, the estate is a popular place for hikers and nature-lovers alike. 

One of the most striking features of the area are Mackenzie King's collection of ruins that still stand to this very day. The ruins include parts of the walls of the original Parliament Buildings (before they first burned down) and Westminster Palace in England.

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The area also features King's restored chalets - Kingswood and Moorside - and the popular Lauriault hiking trail. The picturesque trail, on the grounds where Mackenzie King himself roamed, lead down to the quaint nearby Lac Kingsmere.

Entrance to the estate itself is free, but if you wish to use the parking lot you'll need to pay a $9 parking fee (for the day). The paid parking is only in effect from mid-May until October. If you decide to go in the winter, you can void this.

The area is a popular spot for photo-ops and justifiably so. Mackenzie King, a nature and art lover, was precise with the details in his property, especially in how he laid the ruins out.

After seeing the ruins, visitors can enjoy something to drink and some food at the Mackenzie King Tearoom afterwards. If you're visiting Ottawa for Canada's 150 and want to spend a day venturing out to Gatineau Park, I wholeheartedly recommend heading out to the historical estate - a fine balance of nature and history.

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