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Discovery Harbour

93 Jury Dr, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1G1, Canada
+1 705-526-7838
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Spectacular setting

This is a great , fun place to visit. You can go aboard the ship "Tecumseh" for a tour. You can... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bert D
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Penetanguishene, Canada
via mobile
Disappointed

We had been to this spot many years ago and decided it was time for a revisit with our daughter and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sue T
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Thornbury, Canada
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Discovery Harbour traces its roots back to the original British naval and military base in Penetanguishene, built to safeguard access to Upper Canada after the War of 1812. "His Majesty's Naval Establishment on Lake Huron", (as it was first called) kept ships prepared to supply British posts to the northwest. By 1820, it was home to over 70 people, including sailors, officers, shipwrights, and soldiers. Five large ships, 15 smaller vessels, and numerous workshops and dwellings were built. In 1828, a British garrison on Drummond Island was relocated to Penetanguishene. By 1834, Canada was defended exclusively by these forces. An impressive stone Officers' Quarters was built in 1845. The military occupied the site until 1856.
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93 Jury Dr, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1G1, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a great , fun place to visit. You can go aboard the ship "Tecumseh" for a tour. You can picnic here or use the restaurant "Captain Robert's Table". An exact re creation of a British Naval Military Establishment with tours available and lots...More

Thank Bert D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had been to this spot many years ago and decided it was time for a revisit with our daughter and granddaughter. It was a lovely day and a beautiful location. Sadly, several buildings were shut and we only saw 4 staff, one on each...More

Thank Sue T
Nathalie C, Tour Coordinator at Discovery Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Sue T, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback following your recent visit to Discovery Harbour. I am sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations and that you were disappointed by some aspects of it. After another wonderful summer...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The view at Discovery Harbour is very pretty with being on the water. We enjoyed walking through the buildings and on the ships. My 7 year old enjoyed writing her name with a feather, and mopping the deck of a ship. We found Discovery Harbour...More

Thank Scampersmom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Strongly recommend if you are interested in history and like ships ⛵️! Wonderful place to make photos and get new knowledge about Canada's heritage. You can walk in a village and touch beautiful replicas of ships built in mid of 19 century. Good food is...More

Thank Olga T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was a good little trip, the two recreated ships are interesting to see. It is also a good walk, the staff are dressed in period but their knowledge is limited as I am pretty sure they are students. The buildings are neat to go through...More

Thank D7K8S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There's so much to see. You can get on-board both boats and look below deck. Then you can walk the site and see the old buildings, try your hand at writing with a quill and ink, see the blacksmith at work, see the preserved hull...More

Thank Andrea S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed walking around the camp, visiting and interacting with the many different ranks of inhabitants of the period. The museum as well was very informative and included the recovered ship of the HMS Tecumseh. Chief Tecumseh battled with the British against the Americans and...More

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Had an educational and enjoyable visit exploring the grounds. Learned about the 1820's and establishment of this military base and later naval base protecting the Great Lakes route to the Trent/Severn trading routes. The aboriginal presence in past and present. Also boarded the two schooner....More

Thank Diane K
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Interesting historical naval and military site. Accessible period buildings, staffed by costume staff, two supply and military ships, and the preserved remains of the H.M.S Tecumseth. Snack food, restuarant, and a small gift store are on site. A theater is also on site, but we did...More

Thank andy_geology
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Although the weather wasn't the greatest it was a great family outing. The kids learned educational things about the area shipping in the 1800s and what it was like to live on a boat. They displayed a little show with pirates and Brits what was...More

Thank roriemartin
Nathalie C, Tour Coordinator at Discovery Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017

Dear roriemartin, It is good to hear that the weather did not prevent you from having a great time at Discovery Harbour for our annual Pirates of the Bay event. Our staff truly enjoys preparing for this special day in anticipation of welcoming our many...More

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Darryl R
15 July 2016|
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Response from Janice B | Reviewed this property |
as far as getting married here I have no idea but I do not see why they cannot its such a beautiful spot u would get nice photo's I guess u call up there and ask some one who works there
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Wendy G
11 May 2016|
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Response from mardus_12 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is and worth while to visit. You can join a group tour or venture on your own. There is a knowledgeable person at every building giving you the history.
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elainecoulter1
22 April 2016|
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Response from mardus_12 | Reviewed this property |
I know there have been marriages there but don't know about receptions. You can call the office and they will help in answering all your questions.
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