Un interprète historique, en costume de soldat, guide une famille dans la partie militaire du havre de la découverte


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Welcome to Discovery Harbour

The roots of Discovery Harbour date back to 1793, when Sir John Graves Simcoe scouted Penetanguishene Bay as a strategic site for a naval base. The steep-sided, deep water bay would be an ideal spot to protect and maintain ships. The bay could also serve as a vital transport link from York (Toronto) to the northwest.

Upcoming Events

Help us kick off Discovery Harbour’s 50th anniversary year with our Mid-Winter Social event happening February 18-20, 2023. We have many other exciting events planned throughout the year that the whole family will love like Ghost Tours and Pumpkinferno!

Exciting Opportunity!

Discovery Harbour is looking for a restaurant operating partner for Captain Roberts’ Table. We need you to feed hungry visitors who visit the historic site during the regular seasons, for events like Pumpkinferno & Ghost Tours and King’s Wharf Theater Performances.

Summer Student Jobs

Make your summer historic! Apply now to become a historical interpreter, ticket booth and retail attendant, or maintenance crew. Post-secondary students work from early May to early September. High school student contracts begin in early July.

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Plan Your Visit

Discovery Harbour, a 30 acre living history attraction nestled along the shores of beautiful Penetanguishene Bay, is waiting for you and your family to join in the adventure!

Hours of operation

Our regular season begins May 20, 2023

Discovery Harbour is a gem of a historic site – staffed by knowledgeable and friendly costumed interpreters and complemented by the hull of the original H.M.S. Tecumseth in our climate-controlled museum – will reopen in May 2023. Until our regular season begins, visitors can check out our special events, plan a group tour, or book an educational program.

download the app

FREE to download

Download the Huronia Historical Parks app on Google Play or the Apple App Store to access a comprehensive audio tour of Discovery Harbour. This is perfect for teachers who would like to give their class a sneak peek to the history of the site before visiting or all visitors who would like to enhance their knowledge before, during or after a visit to Discovery Harbour.

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