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.
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.
Sunday, May 26th Join Elizabeth on a herb walk to see varieties of herbs and ‘weeds’ that grow in our region that you can use. They might already be growing in your backyard! In this 1 ½ hour walk around Ruthven historic site Elizabeth will explain what part of plants to use and how to […]
Ruthven National Historic Site Acrylic Paint Workshop Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required, $45 per person includes all material. Spring has finally arrived! Come and visually celebrate this wonderful season by painting your own masterpiece inspired by the passage of time and seasons. Local artist and educator, Heather Gross will lead […]
Dear members and friends, We hope the rain has finally cleared out and that the sunshine is here to stay! We hope you’re enjoying the beautiful sun throughout Haldimand County just as much as we are. May is museum month, and May 18th happens to be International Museum Day, so we thought what better way […]
On May 11th join our bird banders in the banding station—daybreak until noon. Keeping with the 2019 International Migratory Bird Day Theme “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution” we ask that you join us from 10 am-noon to clean up the plastic garbage along the highway and the river trail. Gloves and […]
No registration required, all are welcome! Fun for the whole family, come and support your local not for profit, non-government organization.
Dear members and friends, With the snow starting to melt and the days getting longer, we’re starting to think spring is officially here! In this month’s newsletter, you’ll find a recap of past events – such as the Taste of the Irish and our March Break activities – and details about upcoming events, International Bird […]
Nestled along the banks of the winding Grand River, Caledonia is rich in stories of the past. We invite your group to explore the historic roots of Caledonia in Haldimand County. Pre-registration is required, $45 per person, please call Ruthven Park at 905.772.0560 to reserve a ticket. This is a multi-stop event which you are […]
The Welcome Centre and Grounds: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday closed or by chance.
The Mansion: 2019 season will begin again May 18th, tours will be offered 7 days a week from May 18 – September 2.
Tours times 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Give us a call today or check out our website for more information 905.772.0560 or www.ruthvenpark.ca
Phone: (905) 772-0560
243 Haldimand Hwy. #54,
Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0