Banting Heritage Park

The Banting Heritage Park, located on 5116 Sir Frederick Banting Road, celebrates Sir Frederick Banting's legacy and contribution to medical science. Explore the Banting Legacy to learn more about visiting the Park, diabetes research, and more!

Sir Frederick Banting

Sir Frederick Banting was born on 14 November 1891, on the same site as the park. He made a great contribution to medical science as a co-discoverer of insulin. He was the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1923.

Restoration

We bought the property from the Ontario Historical Society in June of 2008. The entire 107-acre property was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. After successful fundraising, we hired Lord Cultural Resources to complete a Master Plan for the area in 2009.

The Alliston Lions Club and Rotary Club of Alliston partnered to fundraise and rebuild the octagonal drive shed on the property. Local tradespersons and businesses provided great support in many aspects of the project. They continue to play a huge role in the property's development.

In 2012, we partnered with the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation (SFBLF) for further restoration work. This included a new exhibit building and an outreach centre. The long-term goal is to create a local facility that will educate and support people living with diabetes and to promote healthy living.

Today, the 107-acre farm contains:

  • a farmstead;
  • a three-storey brick house that was rebuilt in 1925;
  • a wood barn and piggery (1917); and
  • a restored brick octagonal machine shed (1918).

Grand opening

The site was opened for visitors to mark World Diabetes Day and Banting Day on November 10, 2012.

Accessibility

SFBLF completed Phase 1 of a Heritage Exhibit Building, which made the farmhouse more accessible. The SFBLF received $166,000 in funding from the Federal Government through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund on November 15 2012.