Fall 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 later in the arts.

DISCOVER

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

ENJOY

The expansive grounds and setting along the river, the garden gazebo and stone Coach House offer a perfect location for your wedding or anniversary parties and showers.
Get involved at Ruthven Park. 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

Get involved at Ruthven Park. 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.

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

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 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 Highway 54, […]

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 […]

November 2017 Newsletter

Dear members and friends, The beautiful month of October has come and gone, and it was such a busy month that we didn’t manage to prepare a newsletter for you until this week when activities quieted down on site! November is a time to remember and reflect as we commemorate Remembrance Day and the brave […]

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 […]

Three Upcoming Events Commemorating the Centenary of Passchendaele

2017 is a special year for a number of reasons, one being that the 100th anniversary – also known as a centenary – of the Battle of Passchendaele in WWI falls on this year. Ruthven Park National Historic Site has a special connection to this particular battle as a member of the Thompson family who […]

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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