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“so much in a compact space” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Discovery Harbour

Discovery Harbour
93 Jury Drive, Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada
+1 705-526-7838
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Owner description: 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.
Barrie, Canada
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“so much in a compact space”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

So with history back to early 1800's, marine history, shore fort, characters in costume and in play. Well worth the trip. If by chance you enjoy theatre the Kings Wharf has summertime entertainment and the dining nearby has lots of good options. If you are in Simcoe County in the summer don't miss it.

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Mooretown, Ontario
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“Great attraction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

An excellent spot to take youth to show them the ways of the early settlers. Lots of interactive activities with the staff dressed in proper costume. It is spread over a large area so there is lots of walking and enure you take water on a hot day. Well worth the price of admission.

Visited August 2012
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Pembroke, Ontario
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“So-So!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Went to a Wedding there in 2011, and another one in 2012. Both times the food was okay, nothing above the ordinary. The choices of wines were disgusting, and the barmaid, (same one both weddings) acted as though she did not want to be there.

Visited August 2012
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Mississauga, Canada
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“Very Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We visited this place on a weekday so there were just a few people seeing the place, which was very good because we had the opportunity to take good pictures. This historical gem is a must-see in your itinerary when you are visiting Midland and the surrounding area. The guided tour was very informative. A journey back into 1812...

Visited September 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Excellent tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Exceptional piece of history preserved in this location. It is a must see. The students were exceptional in providing the information and educating us. I would highly recommend this to everyone.

Vlad & Ana

Visited August 2012
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