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Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site

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Address: 235 John St N, Gravenhurst, Ontario P1P 1G4, Canada
Phone Number: 705-687-4261
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Canadian MD a hero in Spain & China

After a recovery from TB,Gravenhurst native is determined to make a difference in the world. He graduates from U of Toronto in 1917 and becomes an expert in thoracic surgery to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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burlington ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

After a recovery from TB,Gravenhurst native is determined to make a difference in the world. He graduates from U of Toronto in 1917 and becomes an expert in thoracic surgery to save those with tuberculosis. But, when the Spanish Civil War breaks out he rushes to Spain saving hundreds by developing mobile blood transfusion clinics. Later, when the Japanese invade... More 

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Vancouver
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I made a lengthy detour during a stay in Toronto to visit the childhood home of one of my heroes, Dr. Bethune. Upon arrival, I was offered several options for my visit: among them, a self-guided tour and a guided tour. The guided tour was double the cost of the self-guided tour, and so I opted for the latter. But... More 

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Cambridge, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Bethune house was interesting to look at as a historical and cultural view of how our better off grandparents might have lived. The time frame is close enough that you relate to some of the features in the house. The museum was very interesting. I knew about Bethune but i didnt realize how innovative he was. Worth a stop... More 

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Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

A little disappointed there was not more depth and detail in the life of this great man in the museum's presentation. It seemed a little slick and shallow. However, worth seeing if you're into history. The house he was born in is typical of it's period and worth seeing for that alone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

We had a tour with Marci. She was an excellent tour guide. He was only born in this house, he did not grow up here. The short film was very interesting. We really enjoyed this tour.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Stopped by on the way through - very interesting important place. Integral part of Canadian history to be sure.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Valuable piece of Canadian history which would make Canadian proud. Dr. Bethune has helped and saved lives in Spain and China with his forward thinking in medical treatments. Definitely worth a visit when you are in Gravenhurst!

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Parks Canada did a great job with this historical site. It is well done and provides a good overview of Bethune's role in medicine in Canada, Spain and China. You can definitely see that the site caters to the Chinese given Bethune's mythical status in that country. There are three different entry fees - the cheapest one gives you access... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I attended a family gathering in Gravenhurst recently to watch my husband run the Pan Am Torch Relay in his hometown! I learned a lot and one of the things I learned was how important Mr. Bethune was. A scholar in medicine, an inventor and a front line medic. His original homestead is in this small town. Nestled in amongst... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

A historical venue dedicated to a great Canadian that influenced and helped people from Spain and China. Worth dropping by to see how anyone with a great skill can help and save anyone anywhere in the world. Bethune was ahead of his time in the medical field and chose to be a saviour of many.

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