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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/News

A Break for March Break

To give visitors a break this year, we are making our tours half price! So not only can you visit the mansion in March, when it is normally closed, but you can do so for half the price of a normal tour. This is a perfect opportunity for parents and grandparents to bring the kids […]

Sssnake Day Sssuccess | Ruthven Park

Close to two hundred visitors showed their love for and curiosity for snakes by coming to our Family Day event.  A hearty group of forty people (young and old) were on hand to assist with building  Ratsnake nesting boxes to start off our day. Ratsnakes are an endangered snake and found in two locations in […]

NORM CHRISTIE Masters of War – The Canadians in The Great War

Wednesday March 22 – 7pm Admission by Donation Norm Christie outlines the history of the development of the Canadian Corps from the early days in 1915-16 as inexperienced Colonials, to 1917-18 when they became the most effective fighting force on the Western Front. It started with Canada’s most famous battle at Vimy Ridge, when, against all […]

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 […]

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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