visit this unique
National Historic Site.
1,500-acre Country Estate
Experience the 1,500-acre country estate and former home of five generations of the Thompson family located in southwestern Ontario in rural Haldimand County.
Today the site is owned by The Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc., a non-government, not-for-profit volunteer based organization. Our purpose is to conserve the cultural and natural landscapes for the enjoyment of our visitors. The mansion overlooks the Canadian Heritage Grand River which played a significant role in the early history of the area and development of the Ruthven site. An example would be the former industrial town of Indiana which was established in the mid-nineteenth century and is where David Thompson built his businesses and initially lived. A significant portion of Ruthven Park is also part of the North Cayuga Slough Forest, a provincially significant Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) as well as an Environmentally Sensitive Area.
Candlelight Tours Dec. 8, 13, 18, 21 – 7:00 PM Visit the Mansion lit up for Christmas! After the tour enjoy seasonal refreshments in the Coach House. Pre-register: Adults 14, Seniors $12, Children $5
A Christmas Scottish Tea Dec. 11 – 2:00 PM Scottish Tea served with delicious warm scones and topped with clotted cream will be complimented by additional seasonal sweets. Afterward take a stroll through the mansion. Tickets sold in advance: Adults $14, Seniors $12, Children $5
Family Afternoon Tours Dec. 18, 1:00 PM – 4:00PM Regular Admission (note pre-registration is not required)
Twilight Tours Dec. 19 & 20, 5:00 PM – 7 PM Stroll through the mansion as the sun sets. Experience the evening atmosphere of the decorated mansion. Finish your visit with hot cider and cookies. Pre-registration required. Adults $10, Seniors $9, Children $4.
Fall and Winter Hours
The Gate House: (office) is open Monday to Friday 9 to 5, closed holidays.
The Mansion: will be open for special events (watch the website) and for Christmas programs.
Mansion tours can be booked for groups of over 15 or more at other times, call to book and for more information.
The Bird Banding Station: will be open throughout fall migration daily from sunrise to early afternoon September 1 – November 7th. Owl Banding continues through November call for further information.
Phone: (905) 772-0560
Toll-free: (877) 705-7275
243 Haldimand Hwy. #54,
Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0