Come celebrate with us!

Parks Canada invites Canadians to journey back in time to discover how Christmas would have been celebrated at the turn of the 20th Century at Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site.  Experience the magic and festive traditions of days gone by through a family-friendly Christmas Open House.

Snow covers Bethune Memorial House
Once the home of Dr. Norman Bethune, the Victorian house will share the fun, warmth and wonder of an old-fashioned family Christmas on select days in November and December. The national historic site will feature traditional decorations including ornaments, gifts, and over 100 feet of real cedar garland.  Visitors are invited to share the warmth of the holidays over hot mulled apple cider and a traditional treat.  Dr. Norman Bethune was born at Bethune Memorial House and would have celebrated his first Christmases in the house with his family. Turn back the clock to Bethune’s childhood and experience a true Victorian family Christmas. 


  • Friday, November 24th from  6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
  • Every Saturday from November 25th until December 9th from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

In the spirit of Christmas giving, guests are encouraged to bring a cash or non-perishable goods donation for the Gravenhurst food bank.