Woodside National Historic Site gets $500K investment from feds

The childhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King will be receiving $500,000 to offset the cost of a new roof and security system, and improve the grounds.

Woodside is the former childhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King in Kitchener

The federal government has invested $521,000 in Woodside National Historic Site in Kitchener for upgrades to the roof of the house, security system, lighting and pathways. (Woodside National Historic Site/Facebook)

The pathways and outdoor lighting at the childhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King will soon be upgraded after the federal government invested more than $500,000 into the national historic site.

The $521,000 will also offset costs to replace the roof on the historic home, which is the Woodside National Historic Site in Kitchener. It will also pay for upgrades to the security system.

The upgrades will improve visitor experience, Parks Canada said in a release.

Woodside was built in 1853. Mackenzie King lived in the Victorian home from between 1886 to 1893. This year marks the 110th anniversary of the beginning of his political career, when he was elected the MP for Waterloo North.

Kitchener Centre MP Raj Saini announced the funding Thursday.

"Parks Canada is helping to preserve our heritage, while inviting us to celebrate our nation's achievements," Saini said in a release.