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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.
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.

EXPERIENCE

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.

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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.

Discover 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.  David Thompson first came to the area and started a saw mill 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. While touring, 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.      

Upcoming Events

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 […]

Ruthven’s For The Birds Festival 2017

Ruthven Park National Historic Site’s annual birding festival returns for another year of high-flying fun and excitement! This all-ages drop-in event will offer something for everyone, and will take place rain or shine. Children’s activities and refreshments will be available throughout the event. Ruthven is proud to be part of the Haldimand Bird Observatory and […]

Speaker Announcement for the Lower Grand River Land Trust’s Annual General Meeting

At 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, the Annual General Meeting of the Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc. will take place in the Coach House at Ruthven Park National Historic Site. The Trust is the not-for-profit, non-government, charitable organization that owns and manages Ruthven Park. All current members of the Trust and the public […]

September 2017 Newsletter

Dear members and friends, September is here, and though the leaves are starting to change, this week it feels like summer has made a comeback! Better late than never, we say. To view our September 2017 newsletter, simply click on the link below in this blog post and download the PDF to your computer or […]

Labour Day Weekend & General Autumn Hours 2017

Labour Day Weekend Hours This Labour Day weekend is your last chance to enjoy tours of the Thompson Mansion at Ruthven Park all day, every day! On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday this weekend, tours will be offered every hour on the hour from 10:00 am onwards, with the last tour leaving at 4:00 pm. We […]

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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

Contact Us:
Phone: (905) 772-0560 
Toll-free: (877) 705-7275

Mailing Address: 
243 Haldimand Hwy. #54,
Box 610
Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0