Explore Canada’s history at Woodside National Historic Site in Kitchener, Ontario, the boyhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s tenth, and longest-serving Prime Minister. This lovingly preserved Victorian home, filled with King family heirlooms and period reproductions, and set on 11.5 acres of mature forest, is a portal to the Victorian era in Canada. The home itself was built in 1853 by James Colquhoun, a British barrister who was new to Canada. After Colquhoun passed away in 1877, the home was occupied by various tenants, including the King family. The Kings only lived in the home for seven years from 1886-1983, and by the early 1940s, it was in danger of demolition. The Mackenzie King Woodside Trust was established by a group of citizens with the purpose of preserving and restoring the home.