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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.

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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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Fall Hours

The Welcome Centre and Grounds: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am to 5:00pm

The Mansion: Traditional historic tours every hour on the hour from Wednesday to Sunday starting at 12:00pm with the last tour leaving at 3:00pm.

 

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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Don't forget about Elizabeth Boyd's workshop happening this Sunday Septmeber 23rd. A few spots remain, please give us a call if your interested or would like to book a spot!

Workshop with Elizabeth Boyd Registered Medicinal Herbalist. Participants will: prepare fire cider, syrup and onion honey; dig burdock root; gather New England Astor petals; sample burdock root salad and dandelion cake with New England Astor petals and finally take a fall herb walk around Ruthven’s grounds with Elizabeth. Pre-registration is required $40 per person. Call today to book your spot 905.772.0560!
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