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 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.
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 […]
Dear members and friends, We seem to have skipped over spring pretty quickly and gone straight to summer! It’s hard to believe it’s still 3 whole weeks until the summer solstice, but we can hardly complain after the never-ending winter that just passed. With the change of seasons has come our change in hours and […]
Staff of Ruthven Park National Historic Site are thrilled to announce that the Site is officially open for the 2018 summer season as of 9:00am today, Saturday May 19, 2018. Our summer hours (from today until Labour Day Monday) are Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday to Sunday, 9:30am to 5:00pm. Tours of […]
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 […]
Dear members and friends, Winter has finally cleared out and we hope you’re enjoying the beautiful sun throughout Haldimand County as much as we are. Today is such a stunning spring day, isn’t it? In this month’s newsletter, you’ll find lots of exciting news about goings-on here, including an invitation to our upcoming Yoga Class & […]
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.
Phone: (905) 772-0560
Toll-free: (877) 705-7275
243 Haldimand Hwy. #54,
Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0