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Discovery Harbour

93 Jury Dr, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1G1, Canada
+1 705-526-7838
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Discovery Harbour is a must see if you are in Penetanguishene. The views are breathtaking and the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Angel W
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Hamilton, Canada
Lovely Visit

Discovery Harbour is full of interesting historical information that we didn't know. The exhibits... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sharon S
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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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“ships” (38 reviews)
“replica” (12 reviews)
“history” (33 reviews)
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93 Jury Dr, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1G1, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Discovery Harbour is a must see if you are in Penetanguishene. The views are breathtaking and the people are so nice. I will be going back to visit for sure.

Thank Angel W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Discovery Harbour is full of interesting historical information that we didn't know. The exhibits were well displayed and the guides were very informative and friendly. It would be difficult for people with walking problems as there are a few hills to climb. It would be...More

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

Dear Sharon S, We really appreciate that you took the time to share your experience and feedback after your visit to Discovery Harbour. It's good to hear that your visit was enjoyable and that you appreciated the wonderful exhibit of artifacts from the site’s 19th...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The people were lovely, the views were stunning and there was a lot of different things to see. It was especially nice to see that most of the objects were from the same time period.More

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

Dear Katie M. Thank you for your amazing review following your visit to Discovery Harbour. We feel the same way about this beautiful site and are very proud of the large collection of 19th century tool, artifacts and every day objects on display in the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We attended a wedding at the Harbour. What an awesome place to have a wedding! A beautiful location, interesting history, and the wedding catering and attention to detail was impressive. We'll be back to visit the Harbour as regular tourists in the summer.More

Thank David S
Nathalie C, Tour Coordinator at Discovery Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear David S. Thank you so much for your review. Captain's Robert's Table at Discovery Harbour is indeed a wonderful location for a wedding, with beautiful Penetanguishene Bay as a backdrop. We look forward to your visit again this summer so you can fully experience...More

Reviewed 14 February 2017

Discovery Harbour is one of Ontario's least known historic sites. The actual geography of the site is unparalleled situated on a narrow steep sided bay opening out onto Georgian Bay. Come for the history, the tall ships, theatre and such in the summer. But truly,...More

Thank Artlesswonder
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Excellent and fun venue, beautiful lighting and nice option to have free skate rental. Great entertainment, would like to see more food or drink vendors!!

Thank SpaGirls22
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Visited for Pumpkinferno. The pumpkin carvings are incredible and great fun for the entire family. The Haunted House zone is the scary thing I have ever been in! Darn near had a panic attack, it's that scary! Grown men were coming out sheet white. Good...More

Thank Celebratingthislife
Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

I cannot comment on the regular activities available - the last time I visited Discovery Harbour was part of a school trip in the 80's. However, this Halloween our group made the trip to see what can only be described as 'pumpkin sculptures' and haunted...More

Thank Tracy H
Reviewed 15 November 2016

A good outing for the family, the history and ships are fabulous, at Halloween they do a good night walk. Summertime is the best season to visit to learn about this part of our great Canadian history.

Thank Nagagamisis
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I attended this evening. Only $8 each to enter. About a mile walk. Beautiful pumpkin art lining the trail. The terror walk was so much fun! Will definitely be doing this annually. Terrific visit. Staff are pleasant and informative.

Thank woodhouselori
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Darryl R
How is it that such beautiful and well-built warships are not sailed? Surely they are seaworthy. I sailed on either the Schooner Bee or Tecumseh in 1995 while having our wedding at Discovery Harbour. Most other historical venues would love to have these ships and would most certainly sail them. I have been on ships in Boston, New York and Nova Scotia. Discovery Harbour is so close to being a world class historic destination, but it seems to miss the mark and this is one part of that. Send the senior staff to Plymouth Plantation and the Fortress of Louisbourgh to see how it's done and to attract visitors.
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
Is discovery harbour at Pentanguishine
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
Can someone get married on this property. But not have the reception there.
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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