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

Seniors Programs and Services

Historical Tours

Historic House Tour

1-1/4 hour duration

Take a step back in time and get a glimpse of the Rutherford family and life in Edmonton during the Great War. Tour this Edwardian-era style home with its gracious parlour, elegant dining room and library teeming with books. As you explore the family home of Alberta's first Premier, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, savour the warmth and comfortable feelings that conjure memories of days gone by.

Garden Option
Add 1/2 hour to tour length (no additional charge)

Enjoy our historic tour of Rutherford House, and then enhance your visit with a stroll
through the garden to discover the splendour of the season. Learn about the historic plants growing in the traditional flower beds at the front of the house. Settle into the shade of the maple trees to rest and benefit from the peace and quiet of the garden (weather permitting).

Optional refreshments: $10 per group for lemonade

Wheelchair Accessibility

Rutherford House is wheelchair accessible. There is a ramp conveniently located at the front entrance of the house for easy admittance. Also, an elevator is located within the house that moves visitors between the main floor and the basement allowing comfortable access to the Lilac Tree Gift Shop and washroom facilities. Unfortunately, the elevator does not go to the second floor of Rutherford House due to the priority of House preservation, leaving the upstairs living area inaccessible to those who have reduced mobility.


  • Limited parking is available directly in front of Rutherford House.
  • There is a bus parking lane directly east of the house on Saskatchewan Drive.
  • If there is no space in the front of the house, visitors will be required to pay for parking at the nearby meters or university campus lots.

Booking information

Please call 780-427-3995 or for toll-free calling within Alberta dial 310-0000 first.
Office hours: 9 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Advance bookings are required for all programs.
For deaf or hearing impaired calling please dial 780-427-9999 in Edmonton, or
1-800-232-7215 from other locations.


  • Our senior's group rate is $3 per person, with a minimum charge of 10 people.
  • Groups with less than 10 participants will pay the regular admission fee of $4 per person.
  • There is no charge for aids or program leaders (ratio of one leader to four seniors maximum, unless visitors require individual aids).
  • Cash, Visa, MasterCard and debit are accepted.
  • Cheques should be made payable to: Government of Alberta, Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site.
  • Payment and issuing of receipts will be dealt with at the end of the tour.
  • The fees collected are used to provide program supplies and to further enhance the activities we offer at the site.

Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site is located at 11153 Saskatchewan Drive, on the University of Alberta campus.

Last reviewed/revised: March 18, 2016