Now you can imagine what it would be like to go back in time to the early 20th century with a visit to Parkwood National Historic Site. Located in Oshawa, the estate was once home to Canadian auto baron R.S. McLaughlin, a pioneer in Canadian auto manufacturing. In 1989, the estate was named a national historic site, and it’s evident to see why from the well manicured lawns and architected landscape surrounded by a bordering hedge and outlying woodland. Visitors can stroll through the gardens and greenhouses filled with tropical plants, palms and orchids. The splendid array of trees and shrubs interwoven with sculpture and ornaments creates a vastly different scene as the seasons change.
Inside the estate home, you’ll get a true sense of the family’s wealth from the vast and luxurious collection of home furnishings and possessions on display and in their original settings. The interior decorations are a sight to see with opulent artwork gracing the walls, ornately carved wood detailing and fireplace mantels unlike any other. You’ll be able to hear the jazz music playing as you scan over family photographs and memorabilia, and smell the delectable aromas of five-course dinners being brought in by house staff as you scrutinize the china place settings. Estate tours are available if you’d like to hear specific stories about the period and the impressive McLaughlin family.
Stay the afternoon and enjoy a cup of tea in the formal garden teahouse. Set among the backdrop of a Japanese garden with stone fountains and limestone detailing, it’s the perfect place to sit back and relax.
270 Simcoe Street N.