Parks Canada is inviting Canadians to journey back in time to discover how Christmas would have been celebrated at the turn of the 20th Century at Bethune Memorial
House National Historic Site.
Experience the magic and festive traditions of days gone by through a family-friendly Christmas Open House.
Once the home of Dr. Norman Bethune, the Victorian house will share the
fun, warmth, and wonder of an old-fashioned family Christmas on select days
in November and December. The national historic site will feature
traditional decorations including ornaments, gifts, and over 100 feet of
real cedar garland. Visitors are invited to share the warmth of the
holidays over hot mulled apple cider and a traditional treat. Dr. Norman
Bethune was born at Bethune Memorial House and would have celebrated his
first Christmases in the house with his family. Bethune went on to develop
vital medical procedures, fostering our country’s reputation as a nation
with a social conscience and advocating for Canada’s universal health care
system. Turn back the clock to Bethune’s childhood and experience a true
Victorian family Christmas.
The historic house will be open on Friday, November 24th from 6 p.m. until
9 p.m., and every Saturday from November 25th until December 9th from 11
a.m. until 3 p.m. In the spirit of Christmas giving, guests are encouraged
to bring a cash or non-perishable goods donation for the Gravenhurst food
By encouraging Canadians to visit their national parks and historical
places, and providing them with the information and means to enjoy them,
Parks Canada allows more Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn
about our heritage.
To help visitors plan their experiences, Parks Canada launched a mobile app
earlier this season. The app is incredibly popular and, to date, there have
been over 150,000 downloads. The Parks Canada Mobile App is a great
planning tool which offers up-to-date information and resources to help
visitors plan their visit and discover breathtaking locations, including a
list of hidden gems, and other unique and memorable experiences at national
parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas.