Discovery Harbour

Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene: Hours, Address, Discovery Harbour Reviews: 4.5/5

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Discovery Harbour

Discovery Harbour
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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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labailey2016
Lee-on-the-Solent, UK84 contributions
A good day out
Aug. 2019
It was interesting to learn about the dockyard that was Established here in 1817, by the British Navy, and to see how they lived and worked. You can go aboard the replica warship H.M.S Tecumseth and the ‘Bee’ supply ship. They have a full program of events, year-round. When we were there in August there were Battle re-enactments and a large tented encampment.
Written September 16, 2019
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zahmad65
Canada92 contributions
A place of historical importance
Aug. 2019
There are a few things to see. Replica ships and the settlement are there from more than a centuries ago. Would be good for a history enthusiast to visit.
Written August 27, 2019
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Vkana
Toronto, Canada3 contributions
Excellent place
Aug. 2019 • Family
I was under impression that there are just a few ships to look at. I was pleasantly surprised to find much more. There are a lot of hisorical buildings (replicas) with stuff in them and you can come close to see. It was very enjoyable trip
Written August 25, 2019
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NeilP451
Caledon, Canada202 contributions
Extended area
Aug. 2019
Make sure you do not miss any of the museum. There is a modern building in the back with the boat Tecumseth that was raised from the harbour that needs to be visited. The rest of the buildings had plaques and the interpreters were very helpful. It is a bit of an extended walk but not too bad.
Written August 23, 2019
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Robert H
Barrie, Canada4 contributions
Aug 21, 2019, with family
Aug. 2019
So I am not much into these things, but I have to admit it was cute.

Our tour guide was Molly and she is a high school student, so credit to her on the public speaking. They broke people into groups and based on when you got there they staggered the starts. They had on hand a number of solar lanterns, so that was cute.

For the most part, all walking paths were well maintained and easy for most to walk on. The added accent of burning candles in lanterns was actually very effective at setting for a nice walk.

The stories themselves were a little light, but they threw in a couple of surprises along the way, which got a reaction and kept people light-hearted. Suggest bringing a jacket or a sweater, I failed to and once the sun went down and the wind was still up there was a chill.

For $10.00 admission and 1.15 hours of fun, I would say great value.
Written August 22, 2019
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Larry C
Gravenhurst, Canada42 contributions
Walking into history...
Aug. 2019 • Solo
Once you leave the car park and go thru the admissions building your walking into history. Turn a corner and you’ll meet friendly folk in period costumes ready to engage you in lively conversation about their day to day lives ...
Be prepared to walk a fair distance as the facility stretches over a considerable distance. Wander in and out of dwellings shops and businesses. Meet the people who lived worked and pioneered this great country in days gone by.
Written August 21, 2019
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Liz M
Callander, Canada46 contributions
Amazing lesson on our naval history
Aug. 2019
We were lucky to arrive at Discovery Harbour during the tall ships arrival and a re-enactment of a battle of 1812!! Something everyone should see at least once in their life time. The grounds were taken over with the solider's encampment so it was more difficult than I imagine it would be other times to view all of the buildings as they closed to the public. Its a place we plan to visit again.
Written August 19, 2019
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Sharon R
Barrie, Canada46 contributions
Many different things to do.
Aug. 2019
I went on two different occasions this summer. The first time we went for the Haunted Ghost Walk. We had a lot of fun and it was very informative. Don't recommend for young children since most of the walk is done in the dark with flashlights, adding to the ambiance.
The second time we went for the re-enactment and thoroughly enjoyed the authenticity of walking thorough a military encampment. The battle was very well done.
Written August 18, 2019
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Rickie D
Bowmanville260 contributions
History
Aug. 2019 • Friends
Was here yesterday August 14 very nice going thorough this old village and seeing tall ships. They have a great museum showing Old ship from 1812 that was found in 1953 very interesting place if you like history
Written August 15, 2019
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Leslie T
Bracebridge, Canada114 contributions
1812 re-enactments were fabulous
Aug. 2019
We were at discovery harbour for 2018 pumpkin inferno and it was terrific. We have been here to attend the kings wharf theatre a few times and now
Playing host to the 1812 battle at magazine island was also terrific.
The property is amazing and it is so wonderful to have this available to the public when most waterfront properties nowadays are privately owned.
Written August 13, 2019
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Discovery Harbour is open:
  • Wed - Sun 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.