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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

August Twilight Behind the Scenes Tour

Ruthven Park’s two Behind the Scenes Tours in July were so popular, we’re bringing the Twilight Tour back for an encore this month. When: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 6:00pm Cost: $25.00 per person (includes HST) Details: See Ruthven Park’s historic 1840s Greek Revival Mansion like you’ve never seen it before: through the eyes of […]

July 2017 Newsletter

Dear members and friends, It’s hard to believe the end of July is already upon us already. This summer, the site has been bustling with visitors, campers, wildlife, special tours, and much more! We hope you enjoy reading the July 2017 Newsletter, which can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking the link in this […]

Special Summer Programs: Behind the Scenes Tours and Tea & Tour

Two unique spins on Ruthven Park’s classic Thompson Mansion tours are being offered during the summer of 2017 for a limited time only! Behind the Scenes Tours When: the Twilight Tour will be Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 6:00pm, and the Morning Tour will be Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10:00am Cost: $25.00 per person […]

Picnic in the Park: A Delicious Way to Enjoy Ruthven

Did you know that Ruthven Park National Historic Site has picnic tables designated for public use? Individuals and groups are more than welcome to visit the site’s picturesque landscape and to bring a picnic with them to enjoy. Our grounds are free and open to the public on a daily basis this summer from 9:00am […]

End of June 2017 Newsletter

Dear members and friends, The warmest and busiest season of all has arrived at Ruthven Park! Our grounds are greener than ever with the intermittent rain and the mansion continues to be a draw for visitors from far and wide. We hope you enjoy reading the End of June 2017 Newsletter, which can be downloaded […]

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Summer Hours – May 20 to September 4

The Gate House: (office) open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. 

The Mansion: tours occur 10 am to 5 pm every hour on the hour with the last tour at 4 pm, 7 days a week. 

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

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