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Background SpacerRuthven Park National Historic Site

Ruthven Park consists of approximately 1500 acres and is situated along the banks of the Canadian Heritage Grand River. It was owned by five generations of the Thompson family from 1845-1993. The major feature on the estate landscape is an exceptionally fine 1845 Greek Revival mansion filled with original family furnishings and possessions.

RuthvenDavid Thompson I, soldier, politician and businessman, built Ruthven as a symbol of his prosperity. 

A visit to Ruthven may include a guided tour of the mansion, hiking on one of our trails, a picnic on the grounds, or a visit to the two on-site cemeteries.

The site also boasts the North Cayuga Slough Forest, with provincially significant wetlands and Carolinian Forests. It is home to many significant species of flora and fauna.

A bird-banding station, one of three as part on the Haldimand Bird Observatory, is located on the site. Operated by a licensed bander and assisted by volunteers.

The restored Coach House is used for special events or programmes and can be rented for mid-sized gatherings and conferences.

This National Historic Site is open for mansion tours, hiking, bird watching, and for those seeking solitude and relaxation. Throughout the year pre-booked tours can be arranged and programmes, special events and workshops are scheduled.

The property and mansion is a project of the Lower Grand River Trust Inc.


Mansion Hours – 2017 to 2018
May 20 – September 4, 2017:  Open 7 days a week, tours on the hour from 10:00am to 5:00pm, last tour leaves at 4:00pm.
September 5 – October 9, 2017:  Open Wednesday to Sunday and holiday Mondays, tours on the hour from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, last tour leaves at 3:00pm.
October 10, 2017 to May 21, 2018:  Mansion closed; tours by appointment only.

Gate House (Office Hours) – 2017 to 2018
May 20 – September 4, 2017:  Open 7 days a week, Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday to Sunday 9:30am to 4:30pm
September 5 – October 9, 2017:  Open 7 days a week, 9:00am to 5:00pm.
October 10, 2017 to May 21, 2018:  Open Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Events and other programs are scheduled throughout the year.
Pre-booked group tours can be arranged throughout the year as well.
We offer discounts for groups of 15 or more!
Grounds are open daily year-round whenever the Gate House is open.


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

P: 905-772-0560 

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