Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums
Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site

Events at Rutherford House 2017

There are many ways to enjoy Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site! Join us for Special Events where we focus on a specific event or activity that will enrich, educate and entertain you.

Sometimes we recreate a significant occasion in the Rutherford family history. Other times we explore their family traditions and learn about the family and their experiences. There is always something to enjoy, whether music or dancing, special displays or old-fashioned, hands-on activities!

 You can also find information about upcoming events, workshops, and presentations on our Facebook page.

Knitting for Soldiers

Robert Burns Celebrations

Sunday, January 15, 2017, noon to 4 p.m.

The poet Robert Burns and his beloved haggis are at the heart of this celebration of the Rutherfords’ Scottish heritage! Celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday with an afternoon of bagpipes, traditional dancing, and, of course, haggis! Connect with your roots or simply come for a taste of Scotland.

Family Day

Family Day Open House

Monday, February 20, 2017, noon to 4 p.m.

Celebrate Family Day with a FREE visit to the historic home of the first Premier of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, and discover the unique personalities in the Rutherford family. Which one of them loved golf? Who did all the driving for Mr. Rutherford? Who played the piano? Who dug that old rag-time jazz? Explore this elegant, historic house, and join in historical games with the costumed interpreters, sample a treat made in the historic kitchen and make an old-fashioned craft.

Easter EggstravaganzaEaster Eggstravaganza at Rutherford House

Sunday, April 9, 2017, noon to 4 p.m.

Spring and Easter go hand-in-hand at Rutherford House. Celebrate the season as you explore this magnificent home and learn about a variety of natural dyes and how they were used to colour eggs. Enjoy freshly baked cookies and a spring-themed craft. Be sure to keep a watchful eye for the Easter Bunny as you follow a trail of Easter eggs!

Two people sit in garden drinking teaFounder's Day

Sunday, May 14, 2017, noon to 4 p.m.

From 1912 through to 1938, the Rutherford family hosted an annual Founder’s Day celebration. Mr. Rutherford and the University of Alberta graduating students would plant a tree on campus and then return to the family home for a luncheon. Join us for refreshments, tour the garden, and receive your own graduation certificate.

Sunny Summer FairDominion Day

Saturday, July 1, 2017, noon to 4 p.m.

Looking for something to do this Canada Day? Join us for a Dominion Day picnic! You bring your lunch, and we’ll supply the blankets, iced tea and cookies while you try your hand at croquet (come rain or shine)! Enjoy Rutherford House’s tradition of hospitality and rest in the tranquil surroundings of the trees, garden and restored red brick mansion.

Sunny Summer FairSunny Summer Fair

Sunday, July 23, 2017, noon to 4 p.m.

Join us for an old-fashioned country fair with historic crafts, historic games and tasty treats. Enjoy delightful hand-made crafts and lively music with local performers. Test your skills with old fashioned carnival games. Square off for contests and prizes for both children and adults. We have tons of activities for a family friendly summer Sunday so bring the whole family!


Sunny Summer FairRutherford House Culture Days

September 29, 30, and October 1, 2017, noon to 4 p.m.

This year’s Alberta Culture Days brings the visual arts to the forefront at Rutherford House! Come and enjoy the paintings, drawings, photographs and prints displayed around the house. Give your own creativity free reign at one of our craft stations, and contribute to a communal colouring page.

Rutherford House RemembersRutherford House Remembers

Sunday, November 5, 2016, noon to 4 p.m.

After the Great War, people around the world honoured their veterans and the brave men who fought on Armistice Day, now renamed Remembrance Day. Gather with us as we reflect on their sacrifice and bravery through letters, poetry and songs from the Front and from home. Explore the WWI displays that are scattered throughout the house, and try your hand at contributing to a soldier’s comfort package.

Christmas at Rutherford HouseA Christmas Past

Sunday, December 10, 2017, noon to 4 p.m.

Join us for a traditional Rutherford House Christmas. Start with some Christmas fun outside, and then join us inside for the sweet harmonies of seasonal music and tasty old-fashioned treats baked in a wood burning oven. Visit the historic kitchen and sample some refreshments. Experience the ambiance of this elegant house with its halls bedecked for the holidays.

Contact Information

Please call (780) 427-3995 or for toll-free calling within Alberta dial 310-0000 first.

For deaf or hearing impaired calling please dial (780) 427-9999 in Edmonton, or 1-800-232-7215 from other locations.

For more details see our website

Last reviewed/revised: November 16, 2017