father and child take in the magical pumpkin displays at Pumpkinferno Discovery Harbour


A spooky start to Halloween!
Join us for Discovery Harbour’s Signature Event!

About The Event:

Pumpkinferno sails into Discovery Harbour for a hauntingly good time!

Experience the phenomenon of Pumpkinferno’s magical outdoor exhibits of artificial hand-carved pumpkins! For those looking to test their courage make your way through Grim Reaper’s Grove, where zombie’s, clowns and witches lurk in the shadows!

Non-perishable FOOD DONATIONS will be accepted for local food bank.

Service animals ONLY permitted. NO family pets.

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2023 Dates & Times:

October 4th to October 29th

  • Drive-thru – Wednesdays
    • October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
    • Tours run every 30 minutes from 7 pm to 9 pm
    • The last tour starts at 8:30 pm
  • Walk-thru – Thursdays – Sundays
    • October 5th-8th, 12th-15th, 19th-22nd, 26th-29th
    • The walk-through experience runs 6 pm – 10pm

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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.

  • Please arrive 15-20 minutes early to allow time to complete payment at admissions.
  • Free parking is available on site.
  • Check our social media accounts for up-to-date information about FREE shuttle bus details
  • Flashlights are permitted.
  • Taking photos is encouraged.
  • Smoking or vaping (including marijuana) is not permitted on Discovery Harbour property.
  • Spooky snacks will be available for purchase at the Bubbling Cauldron Café (Garrison Hall).
  • Please note this event takes place mostly outdoors and visitors should plan to dress accordingly for weather & terrain.

Q-What is Pumpkinferno?

A-Join us for a spooky Halloween event held at Discovery Harbour in the month of October. Favourite features include dozens of carved ‘faux Fun-kin’ displays, the Macabre Mansion and Grim Reaper’s Grove (formerly known as the Terror Zone).  

Q-Is this event appropriate for kids?

A-The ‘fun-kin’ displays at Pumpkinferno are appropriate for all ages. This year we are also featuring on-site family-friendly roving performers each night! Many of the on-site events are not recommended for those 12 & under.

Q-Do you require proof of vaccination to attend the event?

A-No, proof of vaccination is not required to access the site or event. 

Q-Are dogs allowed on site?

A-Only service dogs are allowed on site during Pumpkinferno.

Q-Do you require masks worn outdoors?

A-At this time, masks are not required while visiting our historic sites.

Q-Do you have food & retail services on site?

A- Snacks and drinks will be available at the Bubbling Cauldron Café (located at the North End of the event, near the Haunted House). All forms of payments are accepted (except Amex).

A variety of Halloween goodies, trinkets and more are available for purchase at the Bubbling Cauldron Café.

93 Jury Drive, Penetanguishene, L9M 1G1

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.

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.

father and child take in the magical pumpkin displays at Pumpkinferno Discovery Harbour

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