Discovery Harbour is open
7 days a week: 10am to 5pm
Join us for our special events this spring and summer:
* Ghost Tours: Wednesdays & Saturdays, July 4 to August 29
Tours start at 9 pm sharp - Let us guide you through the historic site and listen to the ghostly tales and weird happenings at this 19th century site.
* Pirates of the Bay: Saturday August 4, 10am - 5pm
Ahoy Matey’s! We invite you to join the motley crew and become a Pirate for the DAY! ARR
About Discovery HarbourA naval and military past
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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Another Reason to Visit Simcoe County