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Discovery Harbour

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Address: 93 Jury Dr, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1G1, Canada
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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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Torch light skating

Discovery Harbour is one of Ontario's least known historic sites. The actual geography of the site is unparalleled situated on a narrow steep sided bay opening out onto Georgian... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
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Quebec City, Canada
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Discovery Harbour is one of Ontario's least known historic sites. The actual geography of the site is unparalleled situated on a narrow steep sided bay opening out onto Georgian Bay. Come for the history, the tall ships, theatre and such in the summer. But truly, the outdoor night skating is truly magical. The site is lit up with torches and... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Excellent and fun venue, beautiful lighting and nice option to have free skate rental. Great entertainment, would like to see more food or drink vendors!!

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Thank SpaGirls22
Toronto, Canada
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Visited for Pumpkinferno. The pumpkin carvings are incredible and great fun for the entire family. The Haunted House zone is the scary thing I have ever been in! Darn near had a panic attack, it's that scary! Grown men were coming out sheet white. Good if you want to scare the wits out of yourself!

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Thank Celebratingthislife
Brisbane, Australia
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46 reviews
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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 

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Thank Tracy H
Algonquin Park
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66 reviews
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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.

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Thank Nagagamisis
Orillia, Canada
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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.

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Thank woodhouselori
Barrie, Canada
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Reviewed 22 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 

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Thank David M
Midland, Canada
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11 reviews
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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 

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Thank Flossy4j
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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.

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Thank Anton P
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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 

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