Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene

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Shipwrecks, spirits, sailors and soldiers!

Discovery Harbour, a historic site nestled along the shores of beautiful Penetanguishene Bay, is waiting for you and your family to join in the adventure. Our story is filled with shipwrecks, ghost tours and life aboard tall ships. We invite you to celebrate 150 years of Ontario and Canada's history through Discovery Harbour's exceptional line up of events. Lace up you skates at our new Skate Trail; walk the plank at Pirates of the Bay this summer and be mesmerized this fall by hand-crafted pumpkin displays at the signature Pumpkinferno and test your courage in the TERROR ZONE at Haunted Harbour. Don't miss out on any of the fun! Using our online itinerary creator, Penetanguishene attractions like Discovery Harbour can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • 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.....  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • Wonderful educational yet fun historical place. The grounds by Georgian Bay are beautiful. There are also 2 tall ships. We love their tours including ghost tours and the pumpkin inferno in October. The battle of 1812 was also amazing. Highly recommend it for groups or families or anyone who loves our beautiful country.
  • Lots to do, especially during special events. Good value ticket prices if you buy them online. Ample parking + shuttle bus due to the special event. Easily accessible bathrooms. My son and I visited Discovery Harbour for one of the Long Ship events during one summer weekend. There was a big War of 1812 battle re-enactment with many people participating. There were dozens of white, army tents pitched in neat military rows near the lake. We got to see canons, soldiers from the British and American sides and both sides "fighting" it out in historic formation. There were also other historic figures such as a barrel cooper and field surgeon. It was very exciting. In addition to the battle, there were merchants hawking their wares, historical displays and the permanent exhibits on the grounds, such as the remains of the hull of the Tecumseth. And of course, there were also the the tall ships. We were able to go below two of the tall ships and it was really interesting to see the differences between a modern sailing ship and the historical replica of the one from the 1800s. Note: I have modified some of the photos of the soldiers to help maintain their privacy. I just applied some artistic filters to the actual photos.
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