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 […]
Ruthven Park National Historic Site is seeking a full-time position of National Historic Site Administrator
Ruthven Park National Historic Site is seeking a full-time position of National Historic Site Administrator Ruthven Park is a rural 1,500-acre country estate and former home of the Thompson family located in Cayuga, Ontario. The property is a unique and diverse environment consisting of archaeological, built heritage resources, cultural heritage and natural heritage landscapes, including […]
Dear members and friends, There is lots still going on here at Ruthven Park! Tours of the mansion happening every Wednesday – Sunday until October 13th, bird banding every day from sunrise to noon (weather dependent), the Lower Grand River Land Trust AGM, Car Show and Ruthven’s for the Birds Event is coming up in […]
Haldimand County residents: Join staff from 3 Conservation Authorities and Haldimand County as we cover a variety of topics related to trees in Haldimand County. Learn about tree planting, wetlands, erosion reduction, grant programs available to help with your project, Haldimand County’s street tree program and an update on the Tree By-Law. The workshop runs […]
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.
The Welcome Centre and Grounds: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – By change Saturday and Sunday (Oct 14 – Nov 3)
The Mansion: Tours by appointment only, groups of 15 people or more. Call for more information 905-772-0560
Christmas Tours: Public tours begin December 4 – 20th, Wednesday – Friday only; guided tours at 12:30 pm, 2 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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