Ruthven Park National Historic Site


A 1500 acre site overlooking the Grand River and consisting of walking trails, Carolinian forests, provincially significant wetlands, bird banding, an 1845 Greek Revival mansion with guided tours and outbuildings. Special events year-round.

This 1,500 acre National Historic Site runs along the banks of the Grand River in Southern Ontario, 4kms north of Cayuga. Its beautiful cultural and natural landscapes include farm fields, meadows, Carolinian forests & wetlands, a 9 acre island, two cemeteries, and remains of the former town of Indiana.

If you love cars, be sure not miss Cars in the Park on Thanksgiving Day.

At the Park you'll also enjoy an 1840's Greek revival mansion is filled with original family furnishings and possessions and many stories, which chronicle each of the five generations of the Thompson family.

Ruthven Park is a symbol of the industrial, commercial and agricultural development of Upper Canada during the mid nineteenth century.

Tours: The fascinating Mansion tours of 10+ rooms are guided by staff and/or volunteers and are approximately one hour in length. They run in summer from Victoria Day weekend until Thanksgiving Day -Wednesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays from 10am - 4pm, tours on the hour.

Pre-booked Christmas Tours are available. Tea and scones can be arranged at a minimal charge.

Pre-arranged guided tours of the gardens, grounds and cemeteries can be offered for groups, otherwise they are normally self-guided with material along the way to help you out.

Hiking: Four walking trails run through part of the Carolinian Canada life zone - one of the most biodiverse regions in C

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