The Best Hands-on Museum in Upper Canada
The restored home of rebel publisher William Lyon Mackenzie reveals 500 years of printing technology, amid the authentic ambiance of a period print shop. Rarest in the Mackenzie Printery's collection is the Louis Roy Press, oldest in Canada and one of the few original wooden presses remaining in the world! A hands-on experience is encouraged with a working linotype and eight operating heritage presses.
A joint venture was established in 1990 between The Niagara Parks Commission and a volunteer non-profit Printery Committee concerned with the preservation of printing equipment. To learn more about the Printery and upcoming events, visit Mackenzie Printery.
Children 5 and under are FREE at all Niagara Parks attractions.
Free parking is available for visitors. For group tours, please contact the group sales department at 1-877-642-7275 ext.2
Facts & Figures
The Mackenzie Printery:
- is Canada's largest operating printing museum, devoted to displaying historic presses covering more than 500 years of the letterpress printing era;
- was the former home of "responsible government," where firebrand editor William Lyon Mackenzie began his publishing career with his newspaper, the Colonial Advocate, dedicated to political reform;
- contains Canada's oldest press circa 1770. The Louis Roy Press was used to print Upper Canada's first newspaper, the Upper Canada Gazette or American Oracle, in 1793 at Newark, Ontario's first capital, now Niagara-on-the-Lake;
- was reconstructed from ruins by The Niagara Parks Commission, the home of William Lyon Mackenzie was opened in 1938 by Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, Mackenzie's great grandson; and
- features an informative display on William Lyon Mackenzie's home.
1 Queenston Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, (905) 262-5676
Upcoming Heritage Events
May 11Enjoy a lovely afternoon tour and traditional tea featuring home-baked goods at the historic McFarland House and its conservatory tea room.
June 13Take a spooky, guided ghost tour of Old Fort Erie!
July 4 - July 4Take a spooky, guided ghost tour of Old Fort Erie!