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Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site of Canada

Activities and Events

Explore the restored 1890 birthplace and the new $2.5M Visitor Centre to uncover clues as to what led a small-town boy to become a renowned battle-front surgeon and how that story nurtured Canada's reputation as a society with a conscience.

Begin your tour at the New Visitor Centre.

Private Guided Tours of The Birthplace of a Hero!

Begin your Web journey to Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site of Canada.

Special Events 2014

May 3rd, 2 pm 

Bethune commemorative event and trilingual book launch
Event hosted by York University and Frontier College. Takes place at Frontier College, 35 Jackes Ave., Toronto. Original Bethune artwork sneak preview after event! Free admission

May 31st, 6 pm

Bethune statue gala event, with keynote Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson
Event hosted by the University of Toronto, at the Four Seasons Hotel, Yorkville, Toronto. For details and tickets, visit

June 1st  

Opening Day
Grand opening for the 2014 season. Launch of our new broader range of ways to experience The Birthplace of a Hero! Videos, Private Guided Tours, activities for children, VIP tour hosting - it’s all your choice!
Open Wednesday - Sunday in June and late October.
Open every day July 1 - October 15. Site Admission Fee.

June 1st to June 30th, Wed. - Sun., 10 am - 4 pm

Exhibit of Norman Bethune’s original artwork
This month only! On display at the Bethune Visitor Centre, 297 John St., N., Gravenhurst. Exhibit is included with your regular site admission

Aug. 4th  

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Norman Bethune enlisting in World War One 
August 1 to August 31, 2014-100 Years a Hero, Norman Bethune’s Three Tours of Duty in the First World War
Exhibit is included with your regular site admission

October 11th-12th-13th 

Extended Hours 9 - 5. Site Admission Fee

Nov. 12th

75th anniversary of Bethune’s death
Events and locations to be announced. 

Mar. 4th, 2015

Commemorating the 125th anniversary of the birth of Norman Bethune.
Events and locations to be announced.