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“A Most Interesting and Informative Venue”
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.
Reviewed August 6, 2014

It was one of the highlights of our 3 week visit to Ontario. We arrived at 10:30 am, had an excellent coffee in the restaurant before enjoying the 11 am guided tour through the many buildings to the Officers' Quarters at the north of the site. Unfortunately we would have loved more time as we had arranged to go on the afternoon's 30,000 Island cruise (also to be recommended). The new H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre housing the original 1815 hull remains of H.M.S. Tecumseth, was excellent, but we did not do it justice, before a quick boarding of the replica H.M.S.Tecumseth and smaller H.M.S.Bee. We had an enjoyable lunch in the Restaurant where the service was very prompt, the staff knowing that we were due to be on the Georgian Queen within the hour.

Thank John B
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Reviewed August 4, 2014

What a fabulous experience we had at Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene. Our tour guide Emily was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the history of the site. She had a large tour group and was very good with the children. There were a few hands on activities that we could do and the kids loved the games and working with the wood tools. It is a beautiful spot overlooking Penetanguishene Bay. The site is well laid out, there is a lot of walking but well worth the walk. The other interpretive staff were also very knowledgeable. We would go back again.

Thank KristaWilson50
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Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

Great site! Beautiful view.

Our tour guide was not terribly knowledgeable and seemed to be bluffing his way through. (Suggestion to all,: don't call visitors "guys.")

Luckily, at the officer's quarters, we had the good fortune of meeting up with a much more educated guide. He must have spent a good 30 minutes with us giving us a private tour. The time and care he spent with us, especially his ability to engage our 9 yo son, was incredible.

We spent 4 and a half hours here, including lunch in the restaurant.

Highly recommend this site.

Thank beaskneas
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Reviewed July 31, 2014

To celebrate 200 years of this Naval establishment, Discovery Harbour is hosting a variety of special events for all ages. I participated as one of the yarn bombers creating a number of crocheted critters & items. At a preview for bombers I was astounded at the size of this historic site and plan to return when they have their interpreters in house so that I can learn more about this amazing place.

Thank Wetherstone P
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Reviewed July 27, 2014

Fantastic Yard Bomb! Absolutely loved it. It was like an Multi-generational Artistic Easter-Egg Hunt. So many lovely surprises everywhere you looked. I think it's only on for two-weeks. So, if you're looking for a fun, economical outing with the kids, you'll need to see it before August 5th.

Discovery Harbour is one of my favourite historical sites in Ontario. With scenic vistas, a super friendly/ knowledgeable staff, and the roots of so many interesting Canadian historical happenings... I think it's a great place to visit. And, even on a busy day, the site is so spacious that you can find pockets of tranquility and feel like you're on your own private tour.

Oh - and the new Tecumseth display is outstanding. It is a simple, elegant, informative and poignant world-class installation. Two thumbs up.

Thank Heather K
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