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.

Best times to visit this fall
The fall colours bring large crowds to the Muskoka area and Bethune Memorial House National House. Line-ups and wait times may occur during weekends, so we recommend a mid-week visit to take full advantage of the site. 

Getting here

235 John Street North
Gravenhurst ON P1P 1G4

Hours of operation

Open select weekend for a special event:
Victorian Christmas

Complete schedule
Open all year round for groups upon reservation.


Free admission for youth in 2018. 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

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