Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site Gravenhurst
Where is it at?
Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site
235 John Street North
Where are we going today?
Have you ever visited the birthplace of a national hero? If you haven't, then head to Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site!
This historic home commemorates the achievements of Dr. Henry Norman Bethune. It was during the early 20th century Dr. Bethune became a medial pioneer. He was impatient and restless, and was inspired by his love of the outdoors and duty to others.
Eventually, he became an advocate for the country's universal health care system, and was even a revered Chinese cultural icon.
Now, the doors are open and you can take a tour of his beautiful Victorian-era home, as well as an informative visitors center that can teach you all about the life of this influential man. The site explores the roots of his legacy, and showcases the reasons he became a hero.
During the last two years of his life, he spent in China as a teacher and a surgeon, and since his notoriety around that time, has since gone on to be a great example of selfless humanitarianism to millions of Chinese students.
As well as exploring the life of an icon, the Bethune Memorial House also gives you a chance to look at how life would have been in the early 20th century. There are medical artifacts, personal diaries, and multimedia displays all showcasing life over a century ago.
A historical and educational experience for the whole family in Ontario!
How much does it cost?
- Children$1.90 (ages 6 to 16)
- Free Under: 5 years
When can we go?
10am - 4pm, except Thanksgiving weekend 9am - 5pm
Open June 1 to October 31. Closed Mon & Tues June and Oct
School groups get a rate of $2.90 per student, and it's a great way to teach them about history!.
There are plenty of places in the area to enjoy some food before or after your visit, so enjoy!.
It never hurts to carry bottled water with you to stay hydrated. .
Any Top Tips?
They offer a private 2 hour guided tour from June to October. Just book in advance! No necessarily just for groups .
Doing our bit
They have preserved the legacy of an icon, through artifacts and of course the house itself. A great way to inspire people and keep history alive. .
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs, just give them a call before you arrive to see how they can assist you when you visit .
Can I get one of those?
There is a chance to pick up educational items on Dr. Bethune at the house. .