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Discovery Harbour

93 Jury Dr, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1G1, Canada
+1 705-526-7838
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water. water everywhere

We spent a great day exploring and enjoying this watery wonderland. restaurants everywhere. Things... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
skaszab2016
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Toronto, Canada
Stunning park - spectacular view

A beautiful little gem on Georgian Bay in Penetanguishene. There's a restaurant with a patio, a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
hip-urban-eskimo
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Toronto, 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 2 days 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful little gem on Georgian Bay in Penetanguishene. There's a restaurant with a patio, a theatre and trails

Thank hip-urban-eskimo
Nathalie C, Tour Coordinator at Discovery Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear hip-urban-eskimo, Summer is the perfect time to visit Discovery Harbour and enjoy the fantastic view of Georgian Bay from atop the hill. The historic site has many wonderful viewpoints to enjoy and take beautiful pictures from. Thank you for sharing your experience! Nathalie C.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed our 2 1/2 hour visit to Discovery Harbour. Very interesting to learn about the War of 1812. Staff dressed in period costumes were very knowledgeable and engaging.More

Thank jcharles856
Nathalie C, Tour Coordinator at Discovery Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear jcharles856, Beyond the beauty of the site, there is indeed so much more to do and experience at Discovery Harbour, as you mentioned in your review. Thank you for taking the time to post your comments and for your kind words for our historic...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wanted my Visitors to see the Schooner. Unfortunatelyit was cold and wet that day so we only had a quick look.More

Thank Pancho07
Nathalie C, Tour Coordinator at Discovery Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Pancho07, Thank you for your feedback. We hope that you will come back when the sun is shining as the H.M.S. Tecumseth and H.M.S. Bee are truly worth a longer visit, as is the rest of the historic site, the Sailor's Barracks, the Officers'...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This park is stunning. Such a fantastic environment to discover Ontario's past! This spot isn't very busy which is why I was so disappointed in the on-site staff who seemed more interested in advising us of which buildings were closed rather than talking about the...More

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

Dear Michelle A, Thank you for your honest feedback, we appreciate the opportunity to make improvements in order to give our visitors the experience they deserve while visiting the historic site. We are glad that your group enjoyed the performance of one of our interpreters...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This spot is so much fun! We visited here with our two kids (ages 6 and 9) and had the opportunity to do all sorts of interactive activities that really helped to bring this era to life! We went onboard a life-sized replica of a...More

Thank Toronto31
Nathalie C, Tour Coordinator at Discovery Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear "Toronto31", It seems that you had a busy and fun filled Holiday weekend, visiting the Huronia Historical Parks of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and Discovery Harbour! There are indeed plenty of hands-on activities for kids to do at both sites and it is great...More

Reviewed 5 weeks 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.More

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

Dear Angel W, What a pleasure to receive your feedback! Discovery Harbour is located on such a beautiful site that it makes for a great destination, whether you only have a couple of hours or the whole day to enjoy there. Thank you again for...More

Reviewed 14 June 2017

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

1  Thank Sharon S
Nathalie C, Tour Coordinator at Discovery Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

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 13 June 2017 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 15 June 2017

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 30 May 2017

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 6 June 2017

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

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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
21 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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