Plan Your Visit

Captain and visitors aboard replica ship H.M.S. Tecumseth at Discovery Harbour

Historic Ships

Replica ships H.M.S. Bee and H.M.S. Tecumseth at Discovery Harbour

Special Events

Visiting Mother and child at Halloween Event at Discovery Harbour

School Visits

School Group on tour at Discovery Harbour

About Discovery Harbour

A 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.


Canadian “Masters of the Fiddle” Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy will perform an outdoor evening concert at Discovery Harbour on Saturday August 9, as part of the site’s “Festival of Peace” Event and 200th Year Celebrations.  Tickets $20.00 per person and are now available at Discovery Harbour and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, or by calling 705 526-7838.  Read More

Discovery Harbour has been “Yarn Bombed by over 300 volunteer knitters/crocheters for its 200th Anniversary!

Yarn graffiti is a world-wide creative movement for public spaces.  Throughout the historic site, look for over 380 items including mice, snakes, ladybugs, trees, cannons, a military uniform, railings, bar of soap, etc.
All items will be re-assembled into blankets and donated to shelters and emergency responders after Discovery Harbour closes for the season.
Thank you volunteers!
Yarn generously donated by Spinrite, who carry BERNAT and other fine products.
You can see the Yarn Bombing Installation up to August 10. Click here to see some pictures!