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RUTHVEN PARK

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

TOUR

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.
Ruthven Park is one of two banding stations of the Haldimand Bird Observatory.

BIRD BANDING

Ruthven Park is one of two banding stations of the Haldimand Bird Observatory.
Get outside and start exploring our 5km network of trails.

HIKING

Get outside and start exploring our 5km network of trails.

Discover Ruthven Park National Historic Site

The history of  Thompson family made an impact on the development of early Canada through their involvement in politics, business, the military and later in the arts.  David Thompson first came to the area and started a sawmill in 1834 followed by a grist mill in 1836. He laid out the former town of Indiana which developed around the new private business called The Grand River Navigation Company of which Thompson was a promoter.

The mansion exhibits furnishings and possessions collected by the Thompson family over five generations. Take a tour of the mansion, you will hear about the stories of family life, the involvement of the Thompsons in politics, business and in the military, the development of the estate over time as well as conservation initiatives which will preserve the site into the future. The grounds and the bird banding migration protocol offer opportunities to bird watch or to see birds up close as they are banded and documented by licensed experts.   And we have many kilometers of open access hiking trails too.

Ruthven Park National Historic site has many amenable assets ideal for rental for your upcoming events, weddings, and business & social functions. Also, Ruthven Park National Historic site is ideal as a filming or television shot location.

Upcoming Events

Latest News

Year of the Bird Series: February – American Woodcock

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 […]

January 2018 Newsletter

Dear members and friends, With the office closed for the first week of January, the month really got away from us! Therefore, your January newsletter is 2 days late, but not lost by any means. We hope you all managed to get through the quirky weather last month and are excited about being one step […]

Year Of The Bird Series: January – Snow Buntings

Editor’s Note: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Geographic, National Audubon Society, BirdLife International, and more than 100 other organizations have declared 2018 the “Year of the Bird.” 2018 Coincides with the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act’s ratification. Many bird organizations and enthusiasts are pledging to do 1 thing per month to help […]

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 […]

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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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We welcomed a group of diploma students from Willowbank School of Restoration Arts for their yearly behind-the-scenes visit of our historic buildings yesterday.

The neat historic link between our two sites is that both Ruthven's Mansion and Willowbank's campus are believed to have been built by American architect John Latshaw 🏛️⚒️
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