Summer at
Ruthven Park

Now is the time to 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

Special Summer Programs: Behind the Scenes Tours and Tea & Tour

Two unique spins on Ruthven Park’s classic Thompson Mansion tours are being offered during the summer of 2017 for a limited time only! Behind the Scenes Tours When: the Twilight Tour will be Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 6:00pm (SOLD OUT as of July 21, 2017), and the Morning Tour will be Saturday, July 29, […]

Picnic in the Park: A Delicious Way to Enjoy Ruthven

Did you know that Ruthven Park National Historic Site has picnic tables designated for public use? Individuals and groups are more than welcome to visit the site’s picturesque landscape and to bring a picnic with them to enjoy. Our grounds are free and open to the public on a daily basis this summer from 9:00am […]

End of June 2017 Newsletter

Dear members and friends, The warmest and busiest season of all has arrived at Ruthven Park! Our grounds are greener than ever with the intermittent rain and the mansion continues to be a draw for visitors from far and wide. We hope you enjoy reading the End of June 2017 Newsletter, which can be downloaded […]

Curiosity Room Collection Exhibit Ready for Curious Visitors

Did you know Ruthven Park National Historic Site has a new temporary exhibit on display? Here is a sneak peek of what you will see when you enter the back room of the Thompson Mansion, the first stop on the guided tour that takes place in the building: We are pleased to introduce the Curiosity […]

June 2017 Newsletter

Dear members and friends, Summer feels like it is in full swing at Ruthven Park although the season doesn’t officially begin until Wednesday, June 21, 2017. We hope you enjoy reading the June 2017 Newsletter, which can be downloaded by clicking the link in this post below. A special highlight in this edition of our […]

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Summer Hours – May 20 to September 4

The Gate House: (office) open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. 

The Mansion: tours occur 10 am to 5 pm every hour on the hour with the last tour at 4 pm, 7 days a week. 

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

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