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.
GHOST TOURS RETURN IN 2022!
Join us on Saturday evenings this summer for a lantern-lit guided tour revealing the supernatural side of Discovery Harbour!
Missing artefacts that mysteriously reappear, chess pieces that move, and the image of a small child in a window...These are just some of the unusual happenings that occur at our historic site. Your costumed guide will escort you to and through these spooky locations and paint the picture of how these legends came to be.
Visitors have reported seeing, hearing and feeling these haunting apparitions and some have even had to sleep with the lights on after a tour!
This year Ghost Tours are offered Saturdays evenings starting Saturday, July 2nd and will run until Saturday, September 3rd, 2021.
Ghost Tours departure times vary as the summer months progress. The Discovery Harbour Team has designed the tours to sync with the sunset so the spooky factor is maximized!
July: 8:30pm, 8:45pm, 9:00pm & 9:15pm
August: 8:15pm, 8:30pm, 8:45pm & 9:00pm
September: 8:00pm, 8:15pm, 8:30pm & 8:45pm
Click HERE to make a reservation. Spots are limited!
SUMMER PROGRAMMING Discovery Harbour offers special summer activities and demonstrations (July - August). Visitors learn what it was like to be a sailor, officer, or artisan living and working at the original naval and military base.
Click HERE to view the schedule (PDF version) or click on PLAN YOUR VISIT for more details
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