Tours at Ruthven Park
Tours are approximately 45 minutes to one hour in length.
Summer: from Victoria Day weekend until Labour Day – 7 days a week from 11 am until 5 pm. Tours are on the hour with the last tour at 4 pm.
Fall: from Labour Day until Thanksgiving Day – Wednesday to Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm with the last tour at 3 pm.
Winter and Spring: by appointment for groups of 6 or more people.
Mansion tours of 10+ rooms are guided by staff and/or volunteers. The furnishings and possessions inside are 99% original to the five generations of the Thompson family who called Ruthven home. Being a historic house museum, there are no ramps or elevators to or in the mansion. Chairs can be made available for those with mobility difficulties. A tour is also available through touch screen for those with physical disabilities. There are 8 steps up to the mansion and 21 steps to the second floor once inside. Please click here for accessibility details on site.
Caledonia Country Day Tours
Nestled along the banks of the gentle Heritage Grand River, Caledonia is rich in stories of the past. We invite your group to explore the historic roots of Haldimand County in nearby Caledonia, Ontario. Your tour will include beautiful Ruthven Park National Historic Site, a stop at the Caledonia Grand Trunk Train Station, lunch with country-fresh products from the area in the Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Anglican Church as organized by the Women’s Club, and a shopping stop at The Coach Pyramids which is a ladies fashion and gift store.
Please click this link to download a PDF poster of the tour details: Caledonia Country Day Tour 2018 Advertising Flyer If you have any issues with viewing the file, please call 905-772-0560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “Send Caledonia Country Day Tour information poster.”
Please click this link to download a PDF booking sheet for the tour: Caledonia Country Day Tour Booking Confirmation Sheet If you have any issues with viewing the file, please call 905-772-0560 or email email@example.com with the subject line: “Send Caledonia Country Day Tour booking sheet.” This booking sheet has the menu options of the tour on the second page.
We look forward to hosting you.
Statement on Paranormal Investigations
Ruthven Park National Historic Site staff appreciate all interest and inquiries from the public regarding facility rentals and programming offerings. Due to limited resources, we are not able to make special arrangements for paranormal investigations at Ruthven Park National Historic Site. Renting out any building on the site, including the Thompson Mansion and the Coach House, for paranormal investigations is not permitted. Visitors who purchase admission tickets for regularly scheduled tours of the Thompson Mansion are welcome to use hand-held recording devices such as cameras, video camera, and EVPs in areas open to the public, as long as the use of these devices is not disruptive to any other visitors, staff, or the building and exhibits. Ruthven Park National Historic Site staff thank all members of the public for their understanding and cooperation on this matter.
Tours of the grounds are self-guided and admission is by donation. From time to time, grounds, archaeology and architectural tours are provided by staff and / or volunteers, depending on availability. Please go to the hiking trails page for more information about how to best enjoy the trails on our site.
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
Phone: (905) 772-0560
Toll-free: (877) 705-7275
243 Haldimand Hwy. #54,
Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0