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Review of Discovery Harbour

Discovery Harbour
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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.
Pembroke, Ontario
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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
2 Thank Rita K
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Mississauga, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Very Interesting”
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
Thank matulis888
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Toronto, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent tour”
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
Thank Vlad123
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Windsor, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2011

The students dress the part and are really informative. There is alot of walking but there are places where you can sit and rest and enjoy the view. There is also a visitors center located in the middle where you can go in to use the bathroom, have a drink of water and watch a film about the settlement.

Visited July 2011
3 Thank dar1032
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