Mackenzie House

The Mackenzie House
The Mackenzie House
82 Bond Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1X2
416-392-6915


The Mackenzie House was the last home of William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto?s first ever mayor and the leader of the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion. The house was purchased for the Mackenzie family by political supporters. This Georgian-style house was built in the 1850s and was occupied by the Mackenzie family in 1859. The house was built with a printing press, where Mackenzie used to publish newspapers from.


Mackenzie was forced into exile in the United States after having led the Rebellion of 1837. He returned to the newly-created Province of Canada in 1850 where he then moved into this newly built house. William Lyon Mackenzie died in the 2nd floor bedroom of the house in 1861. He and his wife Isabel had 13 children of which only six survived to adulthood.

The Mackenzie family eventually sold the house and it operated as a boarding house until the 1930s when it was listed for demolition. All other neighbouring row houses were also listed for demolition and were destroyed in 1936, but because William Lyon Mackenzie?s Grandson (William Lyon Mackenzie King) was the Prime Minister of Canada at that time, the Mackenzie house was spared due to its historical significance to the Mackenzie family.

A group of citizens later decided to raise money to preserve the house and it opened in 1950 as a museum with William Lyon Mackenzie?s printing press on exhibit. The Mackenzie house was designed in the Georgian architecture style, today the house serves as a municipally-run historic house museum about 1860s Victorian life.

Mackenzie House Haunted Rumors

The Mackenzie House is supposedly haunted by William Mackenzie, allegedly seen working his printing press. Stories of ghostly activity were printed in Toronto?s newspapers in the 1960s.

Skeptics believe these stories were a gimmick to boost attendance numbers because the museum was not in a good financial situation. Nevertheless, many people have witnessed ghostly activity of a similar fashion in identical areas of the house.

Some of the reports have been of a man wearing a frock coat resembling William Lyon Mackenzie standing in a 2nd floor bedroom. Others have heard sounds of William?s printing press used for publishing.

Hours of Operation

January ? April
Saturday ? Sunday
Noon – 5 p.m.

March Break
Monday ? Friday
Noon – 4 p.m.

Saturday ? Sunday
Noon – 5 p.m.

May – Labour Day
Tuesday ? Sunday
Noon – 5 p.m.

September ? December
Tuesday ? Friday
Noon – 4 p.m.

Saturday ? Sunday
Noon – 5 p.m.

Christmas Eve, New Years Eve Day
Noon – 3 p.m

Mondays, Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day

Closed

Maps and Directions to the Mackenzie House

By Car

From West or South: Follow the QEW into Toronto, where it turns into the Gardiner Expressway. Take the York St exit towards Bay St / Yonge St. Make a slight left towards Harbour St (follow signs for Yonge St / Queens Quay). Continue straight onto Harbour St, make a slight left at Yonge St, Turn right at Shuter St, Turn left on Bond St and the Mackenzie House should be on your left hand side.

From East: Take Highway 401 into Toronto and exit onto the Don Valley Parkway Southbound. Take the exit Toward Richmond St. Merge into Eastern Ave, make a Slight right at Richmond St E, Take the 1st right onto Power St, Turn left at Queen St E, Turn right on Bond St and the Mackenzie House should be on your left hand side.

From North: Take Highway 400 into Toronto, exiting onto Highway 401 West. Continue until you reach Highway 427 southbound. Follow Highway 427 to downtown via the QEW/Gardiner Expressway. While on the Gardiner Expressway, Take the York St exit towards Bay St / Yonge St. Make a slight left towards Harbour St (follow signs for Yonge St / Queens Quay). Continue straight onto Harbour St, make a slight left at Yonge St, Turn right at Shuter St, Turn left on Bond St and the Mackenzie House should be on your left hand side

By Public Transit

Take the Yonge / University subway line to Dundas subway station, exit to surface and walk two blocks east to Bond Street. Or, take either the Dundas or Queen streetcar to Bond Street and walk south from Dundas Street East or north from Queen Street East. For specific TTC route and schedule information call 416-393-4636 (INFO)

Map of Mackenzie House Location

Contact the Mackenzie House

Email: machouse at toronto.ca
Phone: 416-392-6915

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