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

Events at Rutherford House 2016

There are many ways to enjoy Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site! Join us for Special Events, Social Sundays and The Achnacarry Social Club. You can also find out more on our Facebook page.

Special Events

Throughout the year, the staff and volunteers at Rutherford House take the opportunity to celebrate and recreate a significant occasion in the Rutherford family history. Share their traditions and learn about the family and their experiences with old-fashioned, hands-on activities.

Knitting for Soldiers

Robert Burns Celebrations

Sunday, January 17, 2016, noon to 4 p.m.

The poet Robert Burns and his beloved haggis are at the heart of this Scotland-focused event. Celebrate his birthday with an afternoon of bagpipes, traditional dancing, and of course, haggis! Connect with your roots or simply come for a taste of Scotland as Rutherford House honours Alexander Cameron Rutherford’s Scottish heritage.

Family Day

Family Day Open House

Monday, February 15, 2016, noon to 4 p.m.

Celebrate Family Day with a visit to the historic home of the first Premier of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, and his family. The Rutherford family moved into their new home in February, 1911. Explore the features of this historic house, take part in traditional family activities, sample a treat made in the historic kitchen and make an old-fashioned craft.

Easter EggstravaganzaEaster Eggstravaganza at Rutherford House

Sunday, March 27, 2016, noon to 4 p.m.

Spring and Easter go hand-in-hand at Rutherford House. Celebrate the season as your explore this magnificent home and discover historically coloured eggs. Enjoy freshly baked cookies and a spring-themed craft; just make sure to keep a watchful eye for the Easter Bunny!

Two people sit in garden drinking teaFounder's Day

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

From 1912 through to 1938, the Rutherford family hosted a 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 and plant flower seeds in Mrs. Rutherford's historic garden.

Sunny Summer Fair Sunny Summer Fair

Sunday, July 24, 2016, noon to 4 p.m.

Join us for an old-fashioned country fair with historic crafts, time-honoured games and the fruits of our harvest. Enjoy delightful hand-made crafts and lively music. 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 30, October 1 & 2, 2016, noon to 4 p.m.

As part of Alberta Culture Days, this event puts the spotlight on local talent in the arts and culture community. Bring the family to enjoy an afternoon of art, historic crafts, music and fun including live performances and more. Rutherford House is proud to continue a Rutherford family tradition of showcasing great local talent performing within the walls of this magnificent home.

Rutherford House RemembersRutherford House Remembers

Sunday, November 6, 2016, noon to 4 pm

Come and celebrate the courageous Canadian men and women of the First World War, both at war and on the home front.

Enjoy appetizing historic recipes, music commemorating the bagpipers of WW1, as well as recitations by Edmonton’s fifth Poet Laureate, Mary Pinkoski and actor Ben Stevens.

Christmas at Rutherford HouseA Christmas Past

Sunday, December 11, 2016, noon to 4 p.m.

Join us for a traditional Rutherford House Christmas. Experience the unique sparkle of this elegant house with the halls decked for the holidays. Enjoy the sweet harmonies of seasonal music and tasty treats from the historic kitchen. Spice up this holiday season with a visit to Rutherford House!

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 10, 2016