The Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum is located at 1 Queenston St.,
Queenston, Ontario, Canada in the former home of William Lyon Mackenzie. In 1824 William Lyon Mackenzie started an independent newspaper, The Colonial Advocate in this building. He was known as a political firebrand, hoping to educate citizens and fight what he considered a corrupt political system.
In 1950, the Queenston home became a historic museum site. The property is owned by the Niagara Parks Commission which hires staff to conduct tours in the summer months. In 1990, a joint venture was established with a volunteer, non-profit Printery Committee to ensure the preservation of the printing equipment.
The 45 Annual Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair will be held Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Location: Grimsby Public Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, ON, L3M 1Y1
Every year on the last Saturday of April a fascinating group of private press printers, bookbinders, print makers, paper marblers and other artisans gather at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery to celebrate the art of the hand-made books. Started in 1979 by the Grimsby Public Art Gallery's founding Director Bill Poole, Wayzgoose was a small gathering of friends and colleagues that attracted about 300 visitors. Since then it has grown into an eagerly awaited annual event with an attendance of between 2000 and 2500 people. Participants and visitors come from across Ontario, from Quebec and from the North Eastern states.
Once again the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum will be active participants at the fair. Our volunteers will be on hand to promote the museum and the work that our Print Group is doing.
Every year, visitors from around the world visit the Mackenzie Printery to discover over 500 years of printing technology.
Usually the Niagara Parks hire summer staff and open the museum to tours and visitors seasonally, from Spring to Fall. Due to staffing shortages the museum is now closed for the remainder of the 2022 season. However, you can take a virtual tour of our museum on our Virtual Tour page.
The Mackenzie Print Group volunteers will continue to meet Saturday mornings at the museum to maintain equipment and develop our teaching spaces.