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Discovery Harbour

93 Jury Dr, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1G1, Canada
+1 705-526-7838
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I attended Ghost tours last evening with my mother and daughter, and just wanted to say “JOB WELL... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Meaghan S
Great way to spend an afternoon

I was amazed at just how much was going on once in. I thought that there was just the tall ships to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Tottenham, 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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“on site” (9 reviews)
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93 Jury Dr, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1G1, Canada
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+1 705-526-7838
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I attended Ghost tours last evening with my mother and daughter, and just wanted to say “JOB WELL DONE!” What a great experience for three generations to enjoy together! Dave, Neela and Kelly’s performances were colourful and lively adding much to the experience! I believe...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was amazed at just how much was going on once in. I thought that there was just the tall ships to see but there is so much more on a self guided tour behind the 'scenes'. Very enjoyable for both young and old old....More

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

Dear Lou-SueC, Thank you for visiting Discovery Harbour and for taking the time to share your experience. A great addition to self-guided tours are our tour audio wands which provide commentary in several languages. We appreciate your feedback and hope to have the opportunity to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss this if you're in the area. A good look into the history of the naval settlement with houses furnished with genuine artefacts of the era. I particularly liked being able to go aboard the tall ships at the dock. Nice restaurant attached.More

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

Hello, Thank you for another wonderful review of one of our beautiful historic sites, Discovery Harbour. It is indeed a spectacular location with the most wonderful views of the Georgian Bay. Visitors come for the history as well as for the beauty of the site....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived at 10am and was surprised by the size of the site. The wands were helpful to give us a little more info on the building we were seeing. There are shade trees and spots to rest which was nice on the hot hot...More

Thank Linda K
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Nathalie C, Tour Coordinator at Discovery Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Linda K., As you experienced yourself, we always suggest to visitors that they arrive early to fully enjoy the site's many activities and demonstrations by our talented costumed interpreters. We are so glad that you were able to take it all in during your...More

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Reviewed June 11, 2018 via mobile

We arrived at 10 and immediately discovered there was so much more here than just the ship recreations! There’s an entire village of buildings supporting the naval station, from blacksmith, to offices, to homes for officers and others. The entire walking tour takes at least...More

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Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

Just want to thank Tara at the restaurant for being such a nice person. And yes a great lunch with beautiful view. Great way to spend the afternoon.

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Reviewed April 29, 2018

we have been to the Harbour several times, but most of the time it is to attend a play at King's Wharf Theatre, which is a great attraction itself. You can spend the day admiring the past of this area, buy souvenirs, eat at Captain...More

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Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

This event was very fun. The trail was well made and they managed to clear a ton of snow from overnight in time for the afternoon festivities. They had live music, hot chocolate, friendly help. I thought it was wonderful how they had free skates...More

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Nathalie C, Tour Coordinator at Discovery Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2018

Dear Ayla B, Thank you so much for this wonderful review of your recent visit during "Skate Trail and Frosty Winter Fun" at Discovery Harbour. We have a wonderful team of people who make sure that our visitors have the best experience possible on the...More

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Reviewed December 17, 2017

The Discovery Harbour area was amazing, we did not do the tour, but the area and boardwalk was serene and calming. During the offseason, there were no crowds and it gave the place a nice calm feel to it. Definitely worth a visit when in...More

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Reviewed October 10, 2017

We were looking to do something with our twin 3YR olds, and their 5 and 2 year old cousins over Thanksgiving weekend, and decided to take in Discovery Harbour's PumpkinInferno. I didn't have high expectations given how reasonably priced it was - all kids under...More

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Shawna B
July 11, 2018|
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Response from RiverlanGone | Reviewed this property |
You can do both in the same day. Allow at least 3 hours for each
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Darryl R
July 15, 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
May 11, 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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