Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site - Discover Muskoka: Plan Your Trip

Discover Muskoka: Plan Your Trip


Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site

297 John St N, Gravenhurst, ON


The Birthplace of a Hero! Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site of Canada commemorates the life and achievements of Dr. Henry Norman Bethune, a battlefront surgeon, promoter of public health care, inventor, teacher and artist. The modern exhibit offers an inspiring story of a small town boy who became the most recognized Canadian in the world. Visitors get a chance to explore his achievements through stories, artefacts, images, videos, artwork and statues. Then, to experience the roots of the hero, you can also explore his actual 1890 birthplace, a home that was a church manse. Restored to reflect the Victorian time period, the house also contains some original family artefacts. For your hands-on experience, try on Victorian clothing or dress as a medic or nurse in the First World War. Then out on the historic lawn, try out Victorian games and chores. The First World War trench activity area is also open for children to burn off some extra energy. You will experience great stories, fantastic photo opportunities and fun role play activities. Typically open from June 1st to Oct 31. Winter tours can be made by reservation. Private guided tours are also can be arranged in your language of choice (English, French and Chinese). Call for more information 705-687-4261, or visit our official website Please consult our website for Fees: $8.50/Adult (aged 18 to 64) $7.00/Senior (65+) Free admission for youth 17 and under