Welcome to the birthplace of an international hero. During the early 20th century, Dr. Norman Bethune became a medical pioneer, advocate for Canada’s universal health care system and revered Chinese cultural icon. Take a tour of Bethune Memorial House, a charming Victorian-era home set on a manicured property alongside an informative Visitor Centre, and immerse in an incredible legacy of accomplishment that strengthens the bond between nations to this day.

Featured things to do

Private tour

Bethune Memorial House welcomes guests to discover the life story, medical innovation and worldwide influence of Dr. Norman Bethune.

Explore the visitor centre

A modern visitor centre opened in 2012 to further unveil Bethune’s amazing story through displays, personal journals, medical devices, videos, artwork and more.

Information for Chinese visitors

Detailed information about the site available in simplified Chinese.

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa and the lockage permit

Your free pass to discovery

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at Parks Canada’s historic canals.

Get your free 2017 seasonal lockage permit

Canada 150

Hours of operation

Closed from November 1st to May 12th
Complete schedule
Open all year round for groups upon reservation.


Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 705-687-4261
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888
Fax: 705-687-4935
Email: ont-bethune@pc.gc.ca