Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation

Site: Banting Homestead Heritage Park

Service: Diabetes Management and Education Centre

Record #: CWD4497
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023
Last Full Update: 21 Feb 2023


Description (Service)
All visits must be pre-scheduled and are subject to COVID health access regulations

The mission of SFBLF is to Fight Diabetes through education and advocacy with an emphasis on youth.

The SFBLF Diabetes Management and Education Centre (DMEC) is located at the Banting Homestead Heritage Park, a 107-acre site and the birthplace of Sir Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin and Canada's first Nobel Laureate.

On-site programs include instructor-led School Tours, Group Tours, Day Camp Field Trip support, general public access. All visits must be scheduled in advance. Other Programs are offered through the website and there are special events and awards programs [all described below].

The DMEC complex includes:
  • The restored, historic Octagonal Drive Shed, used as a gathering place
  • The restored/adapted historic Banting Farmhouse
  • Heritage reception and exhibit building
  • Artifacts, memorabilia, paintings, prints and manuscripts created by, or relating to, Sir Fred are arranged in 'themes' throughout the complex; e.g., diabetes facts and statistics, living with diabetes, diabetes at school, Insulin Discovery team, discovery process, lasting impact of the discovery, Canadians and the Nobel prize, Banting the Artist and soldier, monument to 'Salute the Discovery Team'
  • Banting Legacy Trail, a public walking trail, is available daily from dawn to dusk and includes information exhibits, exercise equipment area and outdoor percussion musical instruments
  • Engraved paver patio, gardens and picnic area free to use
  • A BBQ available to support your event (book in advance - a fee applies)
SFBLF provides online programs, including:
  • Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Campaign
  • Free online, self-scoring Type 2 Risk Self-Assessment Questionnaire for Youth (8 - 18)
  • 3D Virtual Tour of the exhibits, buildings and property
  • self-scoring quizzes to test knowledge of diabetes, insulin discovery and discovery team
  • Free online eLearning Course, Understanding Diabetes.
  • Free eLearning course for health care providers and teachers interested in learning more about Diabetes and Mental Health in youth
  • Links to peer support networks and assessed software applications available via mobile devices [for youth living with diabetes]
  • Food Insecurity tool designed to facilitate easier dialogue between youth, family and HCPs.
  • Brief, downloadable Tutorials
  • Interactive timelines - insulin discovery; Banting key dates
SFBLF hosts special events and provides various awards:
  • Annual Banting Legacy events in support of World Diabetes Day and Sir Fred's birthday anniversary [November 14]
  • Annual Education Awards to support the higher education aspirations of Grade 12 students living with diabetes
  • Annual Awards to persons who have lived with insulin for 50 plus years

Service Details

Hours All visits must be pre-scheduled and are subject to COVID health access regulations

Heritage Park, Legacy Trail, gardens, memorial patio, monument and picnic area access: Mon-Sun, 6 am-7 pm
Diabetes Management, Education Centre and Exhibits: email or call to arrange tours or for more information
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility Call or email for requirements
Application Email or call
Languages English
Fees None - Donations welcomed

Address and Location

Located In Community New Tecumseth
Address & Map
Diabetes Management and Education Centre
5116 Sir Frederick Banting Rd
New Tecumseth, ON
Canada L9R 1V2
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Physical Access Fully Accessible - Barrier free access - all exhibit venues and buildings open to public are fully accessible

Contact Information

Office Phone 705-435-0111
Fax 705-435-3089
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Primary Contact Kathy MacFarlane, Acting President; Phone: 705-890-1534; Email:
Mailing Address c/o Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation 
PO Box 137 
New Tecumseth, ON 
Canada L9R 1T9

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