The Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc. – Protecting 1500 Acres!

What is a Land Trust?

A Land Trust is an incorporated, non-profit, charitable organization formed for the purpose of protecting and preserving the ecological, agricultural, scenic, historic, or recreational lands in its care.

Where is the Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc. Located?

The Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc. is located in Cayuga, Haldimand County in Southwestern Ontario – one of the richest ecological areas in Canada.

What is the History of the Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc.?

The Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc. is a volunteer-driven, not for profit, non-government, charitable organization which was established and incorporated in 1994.  Its purpose is to protect the lands in its care and work with landowners who have properties in the lower Grand River Watershed.  Currently, due to limited resources, the Trust has chosen to focus on the needs of the 1,500 acres of Ruthven Park National Historic Site. They will conserve this property through land management,  built heritage conservation, education, and setting an example of good stewardship for the community.

The Trust is one of 44 land trusts within the Ontario Land Trust Alliance,  and one of only 2 having heritage buildings on their site.

Ruthven Park is made up of natural and cultural landscapes including farm fields, forests, wetlands, wildlife habitat, the former country estate of the Thompson family, and the former town of Indiana.

Who Is On the Board of the Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc.?

The Land Trust has a governance board of 12 dedicated volunteers representative of the community. They are elected each year at the Trust’s fall Annual General Meeting by the Trust’s membership for three-year terms. They set policy and budget and provide direction for staff. Volunteer-based committees report to the Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc.

How is the Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc. Funded?

Funding to maintain the Ruthven Park property is provided through the interest of an endowment fund generously donated by Marion Hartney (a close relation of the Thompson family), rental of farm fields, admissions, special events, grants, memberships, and donations.

Can I Volunteer for the Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc.?

Established by volunteers, the Trust has a desire to maintain this relationship and volunteers are always welcome. Sign up now!

Please Note:

As Haldimand County has entered Stage 3, Ruthven Park has decided to remain closed at this time. Staff is working hard to make improvements to our site during these uncertain times to make your next visit to Ruthven Park even better.

Contact Us:
Phone: (905) 772-0560 

Mailing Address: 
243 Haldimand Hwy. #54,
Box 610
Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0