Walk into the home of two of Canada’s most recognizable prime ministers. This Victorian mansion, in Ottawa’s downtown neighbourhood of Sandy Hill, became the home of Sir Wilfrid Laurier in 1897, after he became Canada’s first francophone prime minister the previous year. William Lyon Mackenzie King became prime minister in 1921, two years after Laurier’s death, and took ownership of the home as a bequest in Laurier’s will. Gain rare insight into the lives of these two men as you view their personal items and artwork, and peer into the crystal ball that King is said to have used during séances.
- This Victorian mansion occupied a central position in Canadian political life for over 50 years; Canadian Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier made it his home in 1897; after Laurier's death, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King moved in and stayed until 1948, when he bequeathed it to the government and people of Canada.
- The home is now a National Historic Site of Canada, and houses the personal effects, furnishings, artwork and memorabilia of these two long-serving Prime Ministers. A separate room is dedicated to former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson.
- Among the thousands of items in the home is a crystal ball owned by Mackenzie King, who was reputed to have taken part in séances in an attempt to communicate with his deceased mother.