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Tall ship at Discovery Harbour

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

Welcome to Discovery Harbour

Boardwalk and ships

Discovery Harbour is now closed for the season. We’ll be back with our regular programming in 2022!







Due to fluctuating weather conditions and other skate trail offerings in the surrounding area, Discovery Harbour will not be operating its skate trail this winter. We will be planning a new winter event for next year’s Penetanguishene Winterama family day weekend event. 

COVID-19 has impacted the ability to safely plan and participate in Winterama 2022, however, we look forward to launching an ‘Experience Winter’ event next year which will be designed to suit varied winter conditions.

We are not planning to resume the skate trail in the future. We will be focusing on other exciting winter programming at Discovery Harbour and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons.



Huronia Historical Parks (HHP) has implemented proof of vaccination (POV) requirements for visitors to the historic sites of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and Discovery Harbour beginning December 10, 2021. Huronia Historical Parks understands that the COVID-19 environment is fluid and ever changing and remains dedicated to adapting our policies as needed to ensure the health and safety of all staff, volunteers, and visitors.

If attending either site, please note that all guests (12 years and older) will be required to show proof of full vaccination (two doses plus 14 days), or proof of a valid medical exemption, along with a valid piece of Government issued identification showing your name and date of birth (such as a drivers licence, health card or birth certificate). Children who are 11 years of age and younger will be exempt from these requirements.

As always, thank you for your continued support as we do our utmost to navigate COVID-19 and these unprecedented circumstances. We look forward to welcoming you!

In keeping with the province’s reopening plan, visitors will continue to be required to wear face coverings.

To receive a copy of your proof of vaccination, please visit

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test will not be accepted for admittance to Huronia Historical Parks, except for visitors with verified medical exemptions.

For information on this policy along with other health and safety protocols visit


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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.


Discovery Harbour is operated by Huronia Historical Parks, and is an Attraction of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. 

Another Reason to Visit Simcoe County!

SafeTravel Stamp

Discovery Harbour is delighted to announce it has been awarded the #SafeTravels Stamp. The Safe Travels Stamp is an international symbol designed to allow travellers to recognize governments and companies around the world, which have adopted health and hygiene, standardized protocols – so consumers can experience “Safe Travels”.



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