Winter at
Ruthven Park

Now is the time to visit this 
unique National Historic Site.

The Thompson family made an impact on the development of early Canada through their involvement in politics, business, the military, and the arts.

DISCOVER

The Thompson family made an impact on the development of early Canada through their involvement in politics, business, the military, and the arts.
The expansive grounds and setting along the river, the garden gazebo, and stone Coach House offer a perfect location for your wedding or social gathering.

ENJOY

The expansive grounds and setting along the river, the garden gazebo, and stone Coach House offer a perfect location for your wedding or social gathering.
We welcome volunteers and new members to join our team. A variety of curriculum-based tours is available for schools and provide experiences not available in the classroom.

PARTICIPATE

We welcome volunteers and new members to join our team. A variety of curriculum-based tours is available for schools and provide experiences not available in the classroom.

A 1,500-Acre Country Estate

Experience the 1,500-acre country estate and former home of five generations of the Thompson family located in southwestern Ontario in rural Haldimand County.

Today the site is owned by The Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc., a non-government, not-for-profit volunteer based organization. Our purpose is to conserve the cultural and natural landscapes for the enjoyment of our visitors. The mansion overlooks the Canadian Heritage Grand River which played a significant role in the early history of the area and development of the Ruthven site. An example would be the former industrial town of Indiana which was established in the mid-nineteenth century and is where David Thompson built his businesses and initially lived. A significant portion of Ruthven Park is also part of the North Cayuga Slough Forest, a provincially significant Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) as well as an Environmentally Sensitive Area.

Upcoming Events/News

December 2017 Newsletter

Dear members and friends, 2017 is coming to a close, and it’s hard to believe we have our final monthly newsletter of the year ready for you just in time for the Christmas break! To view our December 2017 newsletter, simply click on the link below in this blog post and download the PDF to […]

Consider Ruthven Park This Giving Tuesday

The Giving Tuesday initiative began a few years ago to follow the high-profile holiday shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It was a day created to inspire people to give back to their communities and organizations in need of support closer to home after two days of activity meant to boost the economy […]

Only 1 Month Until Christmas! Gift Ideas From Ruthven Park

It’s hard to believe, but there are just 31 days until Christmas. Are you feeling the gift shopping crunch? Do you need unique ideas for family and friends? We have the inspiration you need! Give the Gift of Membership Purchasing a Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc. membership is a wonderful way to support Ruthven […]

Christmas at Ruthven Park: Scottish Tea, Tia McGraff Concert, and Candlelight Tours

Ruthven Park staff are excited to announce the return of three wonderful Christmas programs for December 2017! They are listed in chronological order below. Scottish Tea and Tour: SOLD OUT! Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017 Time: 2:00pm Tickets/RSVP: Yes; please book and pay in advance. Cost: $14.00 adults, $12.00 seniors, $5.00 children. Address: 243 Haldimand […]

Retracing Major Andrew Thompson’s Steps With WWI Maps

On November 10, 2016, Map Specialist Gord Beck from McMaster University’s Lloyd Reeds Map Collection in Mills Memorial Library delivered a standout presentation to a captivated audience. His talk was called “Back to the Front 100 Years Later: Retracing the Steps of A. R. Thompson Using WWI Trench Maps” and a highly detailed Powerpoint accompanied […]

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Winter Hours – October 10/17 to May 18/18

The Gate House: (office) open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

The Mansion: by appointment only for groups of 6+ people

Contact Us:
Phone: (905) 772-0560 
Toll-free: (877) 705-7275

Mailing Address: 
243 Haldimand Hwy. #54,
Box 610
Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0