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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

Job Posting – Operations Coordinator

JOB POSTING – OPERATIONS COORDINATOR For detailed job description click here Ruthven Park National Historic Site in Cayuga, ON is seeking a full-time Operations Coordinator. Ruthven Park is a rural 1500-acre site owned by the Lower Grand River Land Trust, a not-for-profit, a non-government site which conserves, interprets and promotes the cultural and natural heritage landscapes. […]

Be Our Valentine

Come and celebrate Valentine’s Day on Sunday, February 12 at 2pm. Enjoy tea and “delectables” in the stone Coach House followed by a talk on the Ruthven Valentine Collection and a tour. Pre-registration required, Adults $15, Seniors $13, Children $5.

Family Day with Snakes!

Join us Monday, February 20 from 11am-3pm. Come out of hibernation and meet some of Ontario’s snakes, 11am – Ratsnake Nest box building – participate in a building bee; help construct nesting habitat for Ontario’s largest snakes 12:30pm – light refreshments and healthy snacks provided 1pm – Sciensational Snakes will bring a Live Snake Show […]

March Break Tours

Monday, March 13 – Friday, March 17, March Break Tours of the Mansion will be offered from 1pm-3pm (last tour at 3). Enjoy a tour of the Greek Revival Mansion – home to 5 generations of the Thompson Family. Admission “break” half price.

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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