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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

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 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.      

Upcoming Events

Consider Ruthven Park This Giving Tuesday

The Giving Tuesday initiative began a few years ago to follow the high-profile holiday shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It was a day created to inspire people to give back to their communities and organizations in need of support closer to home after two days of activity meant to boost the economy […]

Only 1 Month Until Christmas! Gift Ideas From Ruthven Park

It’s hard to believe, but there are just 31 days until Christmas. Are you feeling the gift shopping crunch? Do you need unique ideas for family and friends? We have the inspiration you need! Give the Gift of Membership Purchasing a Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc. membership is a wonderful way to support Ruthven […]

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: SOLD OUT! 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 […]

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 […]

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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