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Bellevue House National Historic Site of Canada

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A Look at 1840s Medical Practices

Saturday, August 30th, 10 am to 5 pm

Illness seemed to be a constant theme in Sir John A. Macdonald’s life and the reason for which he and Isabella moved into Bellevue House. By today’s standards, medical practices of the period were quite different and often shocking.

On Saturday August 30th, 2014, Bellevue House National Historic Site will host Dr. Greg Baran, who will share the history of 1800s medical and surgical procedures like trephining, bloodletting and amputation. A practising medical doctor and history enthusiast, Dr. Baran will present tools and practices used by doctors of the time. This day long event will shed some light on some of the personal tragedy that Macdonald and his family faced during his years at Bellevue House and during his time as Canada’s first Prime Minister.

As our country nears its 150th birthday in 2017, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to learn more about the major events that have shaped their country’s history. Canada’s national historic sites enable us to experience our rich history and heritage in a special way and play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150.

For more information on Bellevue House National Historic Site activities,
please call 613-545-8666 or email.

View of the Gardens
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Garden Club: Cultivating Experiences in our First Prime Minister's Garden

Sundays, June 1st - September 14th, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Join Sir John A's exclusive garden club! Learn tips and tricks to grow organic vegetables, discuss weather, pests and other issues affecting the garden. The grounds boast an heirloom apple orchard, a kitchen garden with herbs and vegetables and a variety of trees and shrubs. Share past experiences and future thoughts on all things gardening. Attend one or all weeks which will take you from preparing the ground, to planting and harvesting

Finish off the weekly session with refreshments. Maximum of 15 people.

Program fee.

Bellevue House Xplorers Program

Looking for something fun to do?

Exploring the Gardens at Bellevue House
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New program for kids age 6-11!

Spice up your family visit to Bellevue House National Historic Site with the new Parks Canada's Xplorers program. Explore this amazing site, the home of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.

Parks Canada’s Xplorers booklet, available at the Visitor Centre, will help your child get the most out of their visit, provide your family with a great experience, and give you the inside track on the historic house and grounds.

Each booklet is filled with fun ideas and experiences to try out. After completing a set number of these experiences, bring in your booklet to receive a certificate and souvenir.

Stick figures looking for a clue

Bellevue House is one of 50+ Parks Canada sites offering this new kids adventure program. Each will have its own unique souvenir, so you can collect them all!