Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site of Canada

What's New

New Look for Visitor Centre

New look for the Bethune visitor centre

On October 15, 2009, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Member of Parliament for Parry Sound – Muskoka, announced major improvements to visitor infrastructure at Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site of Canada. The Government of Canada invested over $2.5 million in this national historic site.

Construction of a brand new 325 square meter (3,500 square foot) one storey facility with beautiful balance of stone and wood work will replace the existing 76 square meter (820 square foot) visitor's centre on John Street in Gravenhurst, Ontario. Inaugurated on July 11, 2012, the new visitor's centre will be the new home of inspiring exhibits. Once these exhibits are completed and installed, the new facility will open to the public, allowing visitors from around the world to examine the legacy Dr. Norman Bethune.


Renault truck

Photograph of Bethune in surgery for statue
Surgery in China statue

New Books

Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune Promotional Flyer for Phoenix by Rod Stewart and Sharon Stewart

Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune by Roderick Stewart and Sharon Stewart was recently finished after ten years of extensive research. In this book, the authors provided the intriguing details of Bethune’s career as a surgeon, his personal life, his passion and pioneering commitment to the improvement of medical care in Canada and around the world.

Norman Bethune by Adrienne Clarkson Norman Bethune by Adrienne Clarkson
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A series of Extraordinary Canadians: Norman Bethune by Adrienne Clarkson

Canadian former governor general Adrienne Clarkson’s new book on Norman Bethune was recently published in spring 2009. She described this complicated man by showing how every stage of Bethune’s life prepared him for what followed.

The Politics of Passion: Norman Bethune's Writing and Art by Larry Hannant was published in 1998 and has just been published in French.

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