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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.

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Latest News

Press Release: New Administration Building Under Construction at Ruthven Park

RUTHVEN PARK NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE For Immediate Release April 17, 2018 Contact: Betsy Smith, President betsysmith47@outlook.com Marilynn Havelka, CAO marilynn@ruthvenpark.ca 905-772-0560 NEW ADMINISTRATION BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT RUTHVEN PARK Ruthven Park National Historic Site’s staff are pleased to announce that it has undertaken a project to expand. As of June this year, visitors arriving on […]

Year of the Bird Series: April – Tree Swallow

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 […]

March 2018 Newsletter

Dear members and friends, Welcome to a new season! It has officially been spring for 7 days – the equinox was Tuesday, March 20 – and although there’s been a chill in the air, there are signs of growth and renewal throughout Ruthven Park’s beautiful picturesque landscape. Though the Mansion is still closed (until Victoria […]

Year 0f the Bird Series: March – Eastern Bluebird

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 […]

February 2018 Newsletter

Dear members and friends, Is it April already, or has spring come early? The unseasonably sunny and warm weather this week has us digging out our sunscreen and eagerly planning out our spring programming. A quick note about the impact of the Grand River flooding last week – we posted a note at the top […]

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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

 

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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The new administration building is starting to shape up... literally! The concrete floor was poured yesterday and our first wall has gone up 🙂 ...

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Ruthven Park National Historic Site

Thank you to Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge for chosing us as the venue for your fundraising event on Earth Day yesterday! We're thrilled it was a success and that all had a wonderful time 😊We had an awesome day today as we celebrated #EarthDay by way of having a brunch and fun event at Ruthven Park National Historic Site.

We thank everyone who came out and supported our event. A special thank you to the title sponsors Ontario Wildlife Removal Inc and CJ Cooper Automotive. We also want to thank our longtime sponsors Lush Cosmetics North America for making us all happy with Lush Swag Bags.

We thank Tracy from Crazeepaint Airbrushing and Custom Paint for donating her time painting faces and Teal's Pure Pork Sausage for donating the sausage.

We are grateful for having such a wonderful work relationship with the people from Ruthven Park.

It was great to see the folks from the Haldimand Stewardship Council out as well. They had lots of information and seedling trees for everyone.

We used Personal Catering and loved working with them. They were very flexible and easy to get along with. The food was absolutely wonderful.

A special thank you to Hazel from A Bone's Throw for helping us in organizing this event.

All in all we had a great day! Thank you to all who attended.
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