Children trying boat repair with costumed staff at Discovery Harbour

Summer Programs

Discovery Harbour offers special summer activities and demonstrations (July 13 - August 14). Visitors learn what it was like to be a sailor, officer, or artisan living and working at the original naval and military base.

Daily program features include:

•  19th century cooking

•  sailor’s rope work

•  quill pen writing

•  boat repair

•  dockyard demonstrations

•  historic games

Explore the full-scale replica ships H.M.S. Bee and H.M.S. Tecumseth, and try your hand at swabbing the deck or holding the helm. Both vessels (along with a fine collection of smaller boats) are stationed at the King’s Wharf throughout the season.

 

Original Officers’ Quarters

The Officers’ Quarters, circa 1836, is the only original surviving building from the military garrison at Penetanguishene, and is one of the best examples of Georgian architecture in Canada. This striking stone building, built from dressed limestone, was the largest of all the Officers’ Quarters built by the British in Upper Canada and is one of the few from the 19th century that remain today. This beautiful building has now been fully restored to its 19th century grandeur, and has been furnished to represent the 1840’s period.

 
 
 
 
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