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Discovery Harbour

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Address: 93 Jury Dr, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1G1, Canada
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+1 705-526-7838

Discovery Harbour traces its roots back to the original British naval and...

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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Pumpkins pumpkins everywhere!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 December 2016
Tracy H
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 house. IT WAS AWESOME and should not be missed. I highly recommend making a visit... More 

Thank Tracy H
Algonquin Park
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
Orillia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Visited with 2 adults and 2 teens. For $8 admission, expectations weren't overly high but we were blown away by the sheer number of lit pumpkins, pathways, displays etc. Very, very cool....the terror zone also exceeded our expectations - very well done! So much to see here, a totally cool way to celebrate the halloween season/spirit. Music was playing, there... More 

Thank David M
Midland, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Attended this for the first time this year. It was so very very very kewl. The displays were awe-inspiring. The haunted house was very well done. They did need a few more people props but otherwise it was really creepy if you wanted creepy but also kind when it needed to be. The pumpkins were so interesting, wished they had... More 

Thank Flossy4j
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

This is a well preserved British naval station from eighteen hundreds. It is now a museum that in a typical Canadian manner tries to make good on what little history Canada has. :) It is pretty interesting and it takes a while to explore, the place is fairly spread out.

Thank Anton P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately not only did we arrive late in the afternoon, it was late in the season and many of the guides had returned to school. We started at the tall ships and the guides there were so informative and talkative we spent over 1/2 hour just talking to them. The bushings are quite spread out do plan to do some... More 

Thank Grmabear
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

We recently took our 4 grandchildren, ages 5 - 10 to Discovery Harbour. Unfortunately it was a very hot day, perhaps one of the hottest days of this summer. We were delighted with the amazing site, the ships and the many historical buildings. The children found many interesting and educational activities to try. They were all allowed to swab the... More 

Thank Jane L
Blue Mountains, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

A lovely setting to walk. Some important artifacts are preserved here. The staff does a good job of providing information. We used the handheld info sticks. Well-produced, interesting information without going on too long.

Thank MaggieY
Elmvale, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Lots of fun for all the family. An exciting way to learn about the schooner and living both aboard ship and on land around 1812. Experienced guides dressed in costume. Good value for money.

Thank Pamela E

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