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

Discover 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 Park National Historic 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.

Ruthven Park National Historic Site offers a beautiful Coach House for Rental for your special event, wedding or Social & Business Functions. Enjoy the beauty of the grounds they have been used for many movies and film shoots.

Upcoming Events

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 […]

Remembrance Day At Ruthven Park

The public is invited to an afternoon Remembrance Day event at Ruthven Park with a special focus on World War One this year. All ages are welcome. Though all activities will be held indoors, we suggest visitors dress for the weather in case they would like to explore the site’s 5 km of trails before […]

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Applications Open for 2018 Summer Student Positions

With sprawling grounds, unique historic buildings, a picturesque position on the Grand River, over 150 years of history, and diverse historic and environmental projects, Ruthven Park National Historic Site offers a one-of-a-kind summer employment experience to university and college students. Do you want to work at Haldimand County’s only National Historic Site this summer? Ruthven […]

We Are Open: Ruthven Park Winter Reopening 2018

Ruthven Park National Historic Site staff are pleased to announce that the site is open again following the 2017 Holiday Closure. We hope you enjoyed the holiday season with family and friends and that you have had an excellent start to 2018! Please note our Winter Hours of Operation: The Gate House: office open Monday to […]

Holiday Closure Notice 2017

To our members and visitors, This holiday season, Ruthven Park National Historic Site’s Gate House office, grounds, and Thompson Family Mansion will be closed to the public for two weeks. The closure will be in effect Friday, December 22, 2017 at 9:00 am until Monday, January 8, 2018 at 9:00 am. You may call to […]

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 […]

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Winter 2018 Hours of Operation

The Gate House: office open Mon – Fri, 9:00am to 5:00pm

The Grounds: open Mon – Fri, 9:00am to 5:00pm

The Mansion: tours by appointment Mon – Fri for 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

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Please join us for our Family Day event of 2018, featuring special guests from Wild Ontario!

At 1:00pm, enjoy a hike and scavenger hunt on Ruthven Park's extensive grounds with light refreshments provided. Then stay for a 2:00pm live show with several amazing birds (like the gorgeous kestrel in our event photo), hosted by Wild Ontario! The show will be followed by a "nose-to-beak" meet-and-greet.

Admission by donation. Appropriate for all ages. Please dress for the weather and ground conditions. Event is rain or shine! Pre-registration not required.

Learn more about Wild Ontario here: www.wildontario.ca/
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Families Go Wild at Ruthven!

February 19, 2018, 1:00pm - February 19, 2018, 3:00pm

Please join us for our Family Day event of 2018, featuring special guests from Wild Ontario! At 1:00pm, enjoy a hike and scavenger hunt on Ruthven Park's extensive grounds with light refreshments provided. Then stay for a 2:00pm live show with several amazing birds (like the gorgeous kestrel in our event photo), hosted by Wild Ontario! The show will be followed by a "nose-to-beak" meet-and-greet. Admission by donation. Appropriate for all ages. Please dress for the weather and ground conditions. Event is rain or shine! Pre-registration not required. Learn more about Wild Ontario here: www.wildontario.ca/

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Goodbye Christmas 👋 All of our ornaments are tucked safe in their beds to await Christmas 2018.

We're grateful for the volunteer help that allowed us to get all of our decorations down in good time this year! Now to count the days until we do it all over again...
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