Spring 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

Evening Art at Ruthven Park Spring Workshop Series

This spring, enjoy Ruthven Park’s suite of art workshops on biweekly Wednesday evenings in the Coach House! The Evening Art at Ruthven Park Spring Workshop Series is open to everyone; no experience is necessary for participation in any of the workshops. The cost is $40.00 + HST per workshop in the Series. However, the more […]

Mansion Tours Back for March Break!

Ahead of Ruthven Park National Historic Site’s opening weekend on May 19, 2018, staff are thrilled to announce that traditional historic mansion tours will be taking place every week day afternoon during March Break (March 12 – 16 inclusive)! Tours will take place on the hour each day at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 […]

Latest News

Press Release: New Administration Building Under Construction at Ruthven Park

RUTHVEN PARK NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE For Immediate Release April 17, 2018 Contact: Betsy Smith, President betsysmith47@outlook.com Marilynn Havelka, CAO marilynn@ruthvenpark.ca 905-772-0560 NEW ADMINISTRATION BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT RUTHVEN PARK Ruthven Park National Historic Site’s staff are pleased to announce that it has undertaken a project to expand. As of June this year, visitors arriving on […]

Year of the Bird Series: April – Tree Swallow

Editor’s Note: 100+ bird organizations declared 2018 the “Year of the Bird” as it is the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act’s ratification. Many are pledging to do 1 thing per month to help birds. As Ruthven Park National Historic Site has a bird banding station in collaboration with the Haldimand Bird Observatory, we are featuring one […]

March 2018 Newsletter

Dear members and friends, Welcome to a new season! It has officially been spring for 7 days – the equinox was Tuesday, March 20 – and although there’s been a chill in the air, there are signs of growth and renewal throughout Ruthven Park’s beautiful picturesque landscape. Though the Mansion is still closed (until Victoria […]

Year 0f the Bird Series: March – Eastern Bluebird

Editor’s Note: 100+ bird organizations declared 2018 the “Year of the Bird” as it is the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act’s ratification. Many are pledging to do 1 thing per month to help birds. As Ruthven Park National Historic Site has a bird banding station in collaboration with the Haldimand Bird Observatory, we are featuring one […]

February 2018 Newsletter

Dear members and friends, Is it April already, or has spring come early? The unseasonably sunny and warm weather this week has us digging out our sunscreen and eagerly planning out our spring programming. A quick note about the impact of the Grand River flooding last week – we posted a note at the top […]

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Current Hours (effective until May 19/18)

The Gate House Office: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm

The Grounds: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm

The Mansion: tours by appointment only fo 6 or more 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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Ruthven Park National Historic Site

Thank you to Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge for chosing us as the venue for your fundraising event on Earth Day yesterday! We're thrilled it was a success and that all had a wonderful time 😊We had an awesome day today as we celebrated #EarthDay by way of having a brunch and fun event at Ruthven Park National Historic Site.

We thank everyone who came out and supported our event. A special thank you to the title sponsors Ontario Wildlife Removal Inc and CJ Cooper Automotive. We also want to thank our longtime sponsors Lush Cosmetics North America for making us all happy with Lush Swag Bags.

We thank Tracy from Crazeepaint Airbrushing and Custom Paint for donating her time painting faces and Teal's Pure Pork Sausage for donating the sausage.

We are grateful for having such a wonderful work relationship with the people from Ruthven Park.

It was great to see the folks from the Haldimand Stewardship Council out as well. They had lots of information and seedling trees for everyone.

We used Personal Catering and loved working with them. They were very flexible and easy to get along with. The food was absolutely wonderful.

A special thank you to Hazel from A Bone's Throw for helping us in organizing this event.

All in all we had a great day! Thank you to all who attended.
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With the weather finally warming up, the time is now to get your stretch on for spring! Our Yoga Class & Candlelight Tour is coming up quickly on May 9, we promise a totally unique experience 🙏💫

The Coach House will be lit with twinkle lights during the gentle yoga class led by certified local instructor Rachel Binek, who received her yoga training in India. Following a brief healthy snack break, the group will be taken through the stunning Greek Revival Mansion for an after-hours candlelight tour. You don't want to miss this event!

Call 905-772-0560 or email info@ruthvenpark.ca to secure your tickets ASAP 🎟️ Makes a wonderful early #MothersDay gift! 🎁
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