a blacksmith hammering a piece of molten iron into a coathook

Historic Blacksmith Workshop

Join us for an immersive one-day workshop at Discovery Harbour on the shores of beautiful Penetanguishene Bay (Georgian Bay).
Learn historic blacksmith skills alongside blacksmith instructor in a small group setting.

Date and time

July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 10, 17, 24

Arrival: 10:00 a.m
Departure: 5:00 p.m.


Adults (15 years old+): $200.00 including tax

What is included

  • tour of the historic site emphasizing historic trades
  • a tour of the H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre 
  • safety briefing
  • hands on instruction including blacksmithing techniques
  • finalizing your take-home metalworks project

What do participants need to bring?

  • steel-toed safety boots or shoes
  • brown-bag style lunch

Q : What is the recommended group size and age for this program?  
A: This program has a maximum capacity of four people with a minimum age limit of 15 years old.   

Q: Will there be accessible washrooms available?  
A: Accessible washrooms are available at Discovery Harbour – at the Bayfield’s Charthouse admissions building, and the H.M.S. Tecumseth Center proximate to the course location. 

Q: I have mobility issues or other challenges – am I able to attend this program?
A: Yes! We welcome people of all abilities to this program. Please reach out via email to Melissa.Elsdon@Ontario.ca in advance of your booking to discuss any specific concerns or requirements you may have.

Q: What happens if it rains?  
A: This program will run rain or shine, and takes place under an open-sided shelter.  Should the program need to be rescheduled for extreme weather events, alternative dates will be provided for you.  

Q: What is your drug, alcohol and tobacco policy?  
A: Alcohol and drugs will not be permitted at any time during this program. As our historic site is also a smoke-free establishment, we kindly ask there be no smoking during this program.  

Q: Are you able to provide me with a pair of steel toe boots? 
A: Steel-toed boots are not available at this time at Discovery Harbour, please plan accordingly.

Plan your Visit

While we love our furry friends, we are not able to accommodate pets at this special event (service dogs are welcomed of course). Thank you for your understanding.

  • Taking photos is encouraged
  • Smoking or vaping (including marijuana) is not permitted on Discovery Harbour property
  • Please note this event takes place indoors AND outdoors and, visitors should plan to dress accordingly for weather and terrain

How to Get Here

Parking Info

Please park in the parking lot provided and make your way on foot through the black entrance gates to the boardwalk area and The Charthouse (Admissions building).

Need more info?

Please contact us at hhp@ontario.ca or (705) 549-8064 if you have any questions.

About Discovery Harbour

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.

Need more info?

Please contact us if you have any questions: