ESL Programs

Rutherford House Historical Tour

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and/or Advanced

This tour provides ESL students with a glimpse into the lives of the Rutherford family and their contributions to the community. Set against the backdrop of this beautiful Edwardian-era mansion, students will be introduced to an important piece of Alberta's history. Depending on class size, this program can be adapted to include additional activities, such as baking cookies or playing croquet, and can involve a seasonal theme.

Total time: 1 hour (additional time and cost will be added if baking or croquet is requested)

Cost: $4.50 per student (instructors are free at a ratio of 1 teacher for every 8 participants)

Minimum 10 participants, Maximum 30 participants

Upstairs, Downstairs

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and/or Advanced (Recommended for intermediate to advanced conversation classes)

This dramatic program transports students into the year 1916 and provides students with a great opportunity to develop their conversational skills. Costumed interpreters and improvised dialogue bring their journey through the past to life.

The Rutherfords welcome you into their home. Students arrive as guests for one of Mrs. Rutherford's "At Home" tea parties, and settle in to discuss the war, the latest fashions, or the new movie at the Princess Theatre with a member of the Rutherford household. A mix-up brings the guests into the kitchen with the maid and they will visit parts of the house the public was never meant to see. Explore life in 1916, upstairs and downstairs.

Total time: 1 hour

Cost: $4.50 per student (instructors are free at a ratio of 1 teacher for every 8 participants)

Minimum 15 participants, Maximum 30 participants

How to Book

Advance bookings are required for all programs.

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.

Office hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

  • Cash, Visa, MasterCard, cheques, 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