Commencing your personalized, guided tour of Bethune Memorial House with traditional Chinese tea, you immediately recognize the valued service Dr. Norman Bethune bestowed to China. In the Visitor Centre, one of the world’s largest and one of the tiniest transcriptions of Mao Zedong’s “In Memory of Norman Bethune”—required reading for all Chinese—impresses. View a video documenting Bethune’s achievements; examine the unique surgery-assisting device he crafted after being inspired by a Hollywood actress. Enter Bethune’s birthplace and family home for a close inspection of artefacts and Victorian architecture. Learn of Bethune’s service during the First World War and development of the mobile blood transfusion unit during the Spanish Civil War; his advocacy for universal health care and contribution to the global fight against tuberculosis. And of his influence in China, where he cared for wounded soldiers in the Second Sino-Japanese War and became the face of Canada to more than a billion people.

June through October; reservations are required for private guided tours. For winter bookings, call for details.

By reservation; program fee applies.

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