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Discovery Harbour

93 Jury Dr, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1G1, Canada
+1 705-526-7838
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Beautiful historic spot by the water. Worth the visit for local history.

There's so much to see. You can get on-board both boats and look below deck. Then you can walk the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Andrea S
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Vancouver, Canada
Early 1800 British Naval Camp

We enjoyed walking around the camp, visiting and interacting with the many different ranks of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Karen H
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Chatham-Kent, 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 yesterday

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 2 days 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 4 days ago 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This attraction is much improved. The old houses are interesting to visit and the guides very well trained. The old boats are fun for children to explore and the new museum building has an excellent exhibit and explanatory video.More

Thank Kathryn0416
Nathalie C, Tour Coordinator at Discovery Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Kathryn0416, Thank you for your feedback and your recent visit to Discovery Harbour. We will share your kind comments with our team who will be very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience so much. This is our best reward! We hope that...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Seriously, this was a cool place for little kids. They loved swabbing the decks, and exploring the old buildings. They made a great design decision to have the original ship at the back of the attraction. Perfect position for AC and a bathroom.

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

Dear Matt C. It sounds like you and your children had a great visit to Discovery Harbour! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We look forward to your next visit. Nathalie C.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to visit while they were having a pirate festival. My three sons enjoyed all the guns and cannons firing. They even had a mock battle in the water between the pirates and British. Without special events like this I think it...More

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

Dear "plaidshirts", We are so happy that you were able to visit on August 5th, during our annual "Pirates of the Bay" event at Discovery Harbour. It was a lot of fun for all our visitors, with so many activities and special demonstrations. We hope...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My sister in law and I came to Discovery Harbor with our two 5 year olds and my 19 month old! Although they were too young and hyper to be completely engaged in the reading and listening of the history, they loved seeing he ships...More

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Nathalie C, Tour Coordinator at Discovery Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for making your visit to Discovery Harbour a family outing! The site is fantastic for visitors of all ages and our staff especially loves to keep our younger visitors entertained with many hands-on activities. It's great to hear that you all thoroughly enjoyed...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a great day exploring and enjoying this watery wonderland. restaurants everywhere. Things to do everywhere. Wonderful sun, boating or just strolling about.

Thank skaszab2016
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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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