This blog post was submitted by Sally Perkins.
Explore the Heritage and Beauty of the Grand River
The Grand River is the largest river in Southern Ontario, and the Lower Grand River Land Trust is just one of the many conservation areas along the banks of what was in 1994 declared a heritage river. This makes Ruthven Park an ideal starting point for explorers to undertake a longer adventure through this unique landscape. So, get your camping gear together, have a hearty breakfast and let’s take a look at some great hiking destinations and where you can stay along the way, as you venture out through Cayuga and on to your Grand River Adventure.
Most hikers choose to head south along the Grand River towards Port Maitland, where the Grand River flows into Lake Erie. The distance is about 35KM, so charge up your GPS system as it is a good day’s hike, and takes around 7-8 hours for anyone of reasonable fitness. However, you might prefer to take your time and complete the journey over two days, pausing to explore the unique beauty of the landscape.
Be sure to check out Rock Point Provincial Point at Dunnville, approximately three quarters of the way along, with its stunning views and flocks of wild geese. There is also a campsite here, making it a perfect place for an overnight stop.
North to Creepy Caledonia
Of course, you could go against the flow and instead hike north along the Grand River. A three mile hike from Ruthven Park brings you to the seemingly quiet town of Caledonia. With its historic toll house and its sleepy main street, it looks like any other town, but stay after dark, and you never know what you might experience on one of Caledonia’s ghost tours of the many haunted locations around the town.
Where to Stay
There are 2,500 campsites across eight parks, on the Grand River so you should have no difficulty finding the perfect place for an overnight stop. Of course, if you decide that you are missing your home comforts, there are also a number of inns, hotels and bed and breakfasts along your way.
If you are heading south from Ruthven Park, then you might wish to consider either Bruce’s Landing Campground as a first port of call. This family-friendly site is approximately a three hour hike away.
Heading north, there are campsites in Brantford, or if that is a little too far, a choice of bed and breakfasts in Caledonia.
The staff of Ruthven Park National Historic Site wish our members, partners, visitors, and volunteers a productive and memorable National Tourism Week!
Tourism Week in Canada is a grassroots initiative that brings attention to the economic opportunity available to Canada through travel and tourism and the public policy challenges preventing the sector from capitalizing on those opportunities.
Tourism Week in Canada aligns tourism organizations, businesses and other partners from across the country around a common vision: a tourism sector unencumbered by government policies and recognized for its contribution to the Canadian economy.
– from the Tourism Industry Association of Canada website, http://tiac.travel/
Ruthven is a well-known tourism destination in Haldimand County for locals and tourists alike. It is open during the busy summer tourism season 7 days a week, which offers non-local visitors plenty of flexibility for planning a trip here. With its unique offerings, Ruthven is able to attract tourists from outside its locality, which brings new dollars into the County and Southwestern Ontario region, encourages local spending, and highlights the surrounding community’s fascinating history and stories. Ruthven also hires summer students each year to better serve the volume of tourists coming to visit the site, whether it be for a mansion tour, a trail hike, a relaxing afternoon enjoying the Edwardian garden, or one of the site’s other excellent offerings. This gives the students valuable paid working experience that will assist them in furthering their future careers.
Although Ruthven has only been open for just over a week for the 2017 summer season, it has already hosted visitors from places as far away as Texas and California. Staff look forward to continuing to welcome visitors from all over the globe as the tourism season continues. Plan your visit today!
Please note the following notice for a short closure at our site:
The Ruthven Park grounds and mansion will be closed for tours from Tuesday, May 23 until Friday, May 26 as well as Monday, May 29 due to filming. The mansion will be open for tours on the weekend of Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. The regular summer schedule of the entire site being open 7 days a week will resume on Tuesday, May 30.
Bird banding will continue as usual during this closure.
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 7 days a week from May 18 – September 2.
Tours times 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 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