Described as a testament to inter-war era architecture, Parkwood estates is a rare and shining example of homes developed during and after the first world war. The family home of Samuel McLaughlin from 1917-1972 (founder of General Motors Canada), the mansion took three years to build, complete with early 20th century design of the interior.
Over the next three decades the gardens were meticulously constructed by three different architects to reflect the design of the home and classic English gardens of the era. Avid horticulturists and landscapers, the gardens are designed with a high degree of formality close to the home and less formality away from the property revealing a immaculate lawns. Subdivided by cedar hedges and garden gates visitors are prompted to walk through the gardens in-order to view the entire estate. Gardens close to the property correspond to either a terrace or a room in the house. These include the Italian Garden, the Sundial Garden, the Summer House and the Sunken Garden.
Today the gardens and estate have been restored to their setting in the 1930s and are commonly used as a site for weddings year round.