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.
Due to the first Herb Walk with Elizabeth selling out we will be hosting another one for those who were not able to make the first one! Saturday, June 15th 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 […]
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 […]
Due to a Lower Grand River Land Trust event, public house tours will not be available on Sunday, September 15th. We will resume regularly scheduled tours, Wednesday, September 18th at 12:30 pm.
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 its wonderful warm weather. We have lots on the calendar of events coming up for September […]
Garden tour, Northwest Passage Project, an update from the summer students and so much more; check out June 2019 Newsletter!
Dear members and friends, The busiest and warmest season of all has arrived at Ruthven Park! We have some exciting and interesting things happening so check out June 2019 Newsletter for more information, which can be downloaded by clicking the link: June 2019 Newsletter Join us on Saturday, July 13th as one of the stops […]
Join us for Historic Play Day! Saturday, July 6th, 2019 Ruthven Park is the only national historic site in Haldimand County that is open to the public. Its rich cultural and natural heritage provides a rich immersion in Haldimand County’s past but also portrays unique and memorable stories held by the Thompson family who for […]
Come out to Ruthven Park for a family fun event! Learn to identify the variety of insects that come out after dark on the grounds and discover what makes each of them unique. Wednesday, August 28th at 8:00 pm. Pre-registration is required, admission by donation! Call to book 905.772.0560.
The Welcome Centre and Grounds: Monday to Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
The Mansion: Tours are offered Wednesday – Sunday, September 4 – October 13th
Tours times 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm.
Bird Banding: Banding lab is open September 1 – November 7 for the fall migration. Sunrise until 12 noon, weather dependent.
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
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