Visit Our
Historic Site

visit this unique
National Historic Site.

The Thompson family made an impact on the development of early Canada through their involvement in politics, business, the military and later in the arts.

DISCOVER

The Thompson family made an impact on the development of early Canada through their involvement in politics, business, the military and later in the arts.
The expansive grounds and setting along the river, the garden gazebo and stone Coach House offer a perfect location for your wedding or anniversary parties and showers.

ENJOY

The expansive grounds and setting along the river, the garden gazebo and stone Coach House offer a perfect location for your wedding or anniversary parties and showers.
Get involved at Ruthven Park. We welcome volunteers and new members to join our team. A variety of curriculum-based tours is available for schools and provide experiences not available in the classroom.

PARTICIPATE

Get involved at Ruthven Park. We welcome volunteers and new members to join our team. A variety of curriculum-based tours is available for schools and provide experiences not available in the classroom.

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.

Upcoming Events/News

Nothing But the Best for Ruthven

Service Technician is Award Winning Tony Reid has been named the Rentokil-Steritech Service Technician of the year in Canada.  Over the past 12 years, he visits Ruthven once per month to monitor pest activity in the heritage buildings. This is an important service and part of our collections management system. You see pests and bugs eat […]

Monitoring Gray Rat Snake Nest Boxes

Monitoring Gray Rat Snake Nest Boxes Ruthven Park supports Gray Ratsnake recovery strategies by providing nesting locations, winter hibernacula, and old growth forest conditions. Gray Ratsnake are a tree-dwelling snake, and as Ontario’s largest snake, they have large ranges and their survival depends on larger extents of forest-rich natural areas. Gray Ratsnakes are near their […]

Chinese Coin Sword

From Our Collection: Chinese Coin Sword While cataloging and storing objects, a sword composed of Chinese coins was found in Col. Andrew’s curiosity room on the third floor of the Thompson mansion. The sword, constructed from an iron rod at its core, and the coins are tightly strung together to the rod in two rows […]

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Winter Hours

The Gate House: (office) is open Monday to Friday 9 to 5. 

The Mansion: will be open for special events (watch the website).

Mansion tours can be booked for groups of over 15 or more at other times, call to book and for more information.

 

Contact Us:
Phone: (905) 772-0560 
Toll-free: (877) 705-7275

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