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 are invited to attend the meeting. The guest speaker for the evening will be University of Waterloo Associate Professor Geoffrey Hayes. He teaches in the Department of History, where he explores Canada’s experience in both World Wars. His most recent book “Crerar’s Lieutenants: Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939-1945” was published this fall by UBC Press. He was born, raised, and currently lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Professor Hayes’ talk is entitled “Passchendaele and Canada, A Century On,” to reflect the fact that 2017 is the 100th anniversary of this critical WWI battle. Those who have taken a tour of the Thomson Family Mansion at Ruthven Park will remember that Major Andrew Ruthven Thompson, a member of the 4th generation of the Thompson family who called Ruthven Park home at one time, fought and was injured in the Battle of Passchendaele. Therefore, the site and family have an important connection to this topic.

The speaker describes his talk as follows: “The Battle of Passchendaele has become deeply embedded in the popular imagination. This talk explores the context of the battle from a Canadian perspective. What Canadians too often forget is how this costly battle formed a background to two of the most dramatic events in Canadian history.”

We greatly look forward to Professor Hayes’ presentation, and we hope to see you there too!

Mark Your Calendar!

Date: Wedneday, October 11, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Tickets/RSVP: No
Cost: Free
Address: 243 Haldimand Highway 54, Cayuga, Ontario, N0A 1E0
Location: The Coach House (site map available at the entrance to Ruthven Park)

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 device. Inside, you’ll find an invitation to the Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc.’s Annual General Meeting, you’ll learn how to help bats in the province, you’ll get details on when to watch for Ruthven Park in upcoming CBC series, and more. We hope you enjoy reading it!

September 2017 Newsletter


Ruthven Park staff

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 recommend you arrive 15 minutes ahead of your preferred tour time to give yourself enough time to park your car, pay for your ticket, and make your way to the back of the Thompson Mansion, which is where the tours begin. As per usual, the grounds are open to the public by donation for the entirety of each day as well. Be sure to ask for a copy of the newly updated Edwardian Garden brochure along with a site map to help you enjoy the grounds to their fullest.

Autumn Hours

After Labour Day Monday, the site’s general autumn hours come into effect. They are as follows:
Thompson Mansion Tours: Wednesday to Sunday, hourly at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.
Office Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Grounds Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

These autumn hours will last until Thanksgiving Monday (inclusive), which falls on Monday, October 9 this year.

We hope to see you out and enjoying the first weekend of September and the Labour Day holiday here at Ruthven Park!

21st Annual Cars in the Park Vintage Car Show

Ruthven Park National Historic Site staff, the Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc., and the site’s fantastic team of volunteers are excited to announce that the annual Cars in the Park Vintage Car Show will be returning on Thanksgiving Monday 2017 for its 21st year!

This event has been hit with car cruisers from throughout the province since it began 2 decades ago. In 2016, over 500 cars traveled to Ruthven Park for this event.

The entrance gates will be open at 9:00 am for vintage cars so that they are able to fill out their vehicle registration forms and find suitable parking places. General visitors are invited to start arriving at 10:00 am.

Admission will be $10.00 per vehicle for car cruisers and general visitors alike, which is to be paid at the gate. Volunteers will be stationed throughout the grounds to take admission, provide directions, and assist with parking.

In addition to viewing the countless beautiful vintage cars that will be on site, the event will also feature outdoor tours, trail walks, displays, door prizes, and tours of the Thompson Mansion. There will be something for every kind of visitor.

Please note that this event is rain or shine. We look forward to welcoming the public for another memorable edition of Cars in the Park on October 9!

August 2017 Newsletter

Dear members and friends,

August is truly the “Sunday” of summer: still beautiful and enjoyable, but with the edge of autumn right around the corner. We hope this newsletter finds you enjoying the second half of the month and it’s wonderful warm weather.

To view our August 2017 newsletter, simply click on the link below in this blog post and download the PDF to your computer or device. Inside, you’ll find a wetland transformation story, a farewell to our amazing summer student team, details about plans for the Annual Bird Festival, and much more.

August 2017 Newsletter

Yours truly,

Ruthven Park staff

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