A Unique Tourist Attraction
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.
Special Site Offerings You Won’t Find Elsewhere
Ruthven Park National Historic Site is a wonderful tourist attraction and is a unique destination situated in rural Haldimand County along Hwy. #54. between Caledonia and Cayuga. The 1500 acre property comprises cultural and natural landscapes. The focal point of the cultural and picturesque landscape is a fine 1845 Greek Revival mansion. It was the home of five generations of the Thompson family who owned the site from the 1840s until 1993. Tours are available through the 10,000 square foot house which is filled with family possessions and furnishings. While walking through the various rooms you will hear stories about the Thompson family as well as the history of the site.
Special events are booked throughout the year which offer a variety of activities. From a single event or a 3 day festival, there is always something to do which would interest the whole family.
If you enjoy walking and nature, take a hike in one of our trails or enjoy the wildflowers in the butterfly meadow or watch the variety of birds using the feeders scattered throughout the property.
Two cemeteries are on site, one is the Thompson family cemetery and the other is from part of the former town of Indiana. Now called a “ghost town”, Indian was once a busy industrial town and the largest in its time in Haldimand County.
Proximity to Major Cities
Ruthven Park is easy to access from the Niagara area, Brantford and Greater Toronto Area.
It is a one-hour drive from St. Catharines, forty-five minutes from Brantford, a thirty-five-minute drive from Hamilton, and one hour and fifteen minutes from downtown Toronto.
Nearby towns are Caledonia, Cayuga, Hagersville, Jarvis, Dunnville, and many more charming villages of Haldimand County.
If you are driving to us along Highway 54, the views of the Grand River on this route unparallelled.