Staff of Ruthven Park National Historic Site are thrilled to announce that the Site is officially open for the 2018 summer season as of 9:00am today, Saturday May 19, 2018.
Our summer hours (from today until Labour Day Monday) are Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday to Sunday, 9:30am to 5:00pm. Tours of the Thompson Family Mansion take place on the hour, every hour starting at 11:00am and with the last tour leaving at 4:00pm. Regular admission rates apply to mansion tours; visits to the grounds only are by donation.
2018 is a special year as it marks the 20th anniversary of Ruthven being declared a National Historic Site by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and given its official plaque. You can see the plaque during your next visit where it still stands today at the front of the Thompson Family Mansion.
Ruthven achieved National Historic Site status for several reasons, the most key being as follows:
- It is the location of an exceptionally fine example of Greek Revival architecture, as represented by the Thompson Family Mansion.
- The property and the events that occured here represent the transition of Canada from a “settler” to a “settled” society.
- The landscape of the grounds open to the public is in the picturesque landscape design, a type that originated in England and was brought over to North America via the United States.
- The family who made Ruthven Park their home – the Thompsons – took part in and made contributions to many significant aspects of and events in Canadian history, such as local and federal politics, the War of 1812, the dramatic arts, World War One, and beyond.
We are very excited to present to the public many different options for enjoying the Site to the fullest. When you visit us next, consider the following:
- Bird watch and/or bird band.
- Bring a picnic.
- Admire the historic buildings’ architecture.
- Walk on one of our hiking trails.
- Explore the Edwardian Garden (as for a Garden Plan!)
- Attend one of our special events (watch this calendar).
- Take a traditional guided tour of the Thompson Family Mansion.
- Visit the Ghost Town of Indiana.
- Find the two beautiful cemeteries located on site.
- Take in the natural scenery and view of the Canadian Heritage Grand River.
- Book your function in the historic stone Coach House.
- … and much more!
If you have any questions or comments about how to make the most of a visit here, staff are always available to take your call at 905-772-0560 during opening hours.
We sincerely hope to see you here soon to help us celebrate our 20th year as a National Historic Site!