Discovery Harbour

One of Ontario’s most scenic waterside historic sites, Discovery Harbour (1817-1856) tells the story of the original 19th century naval and military outpost built to safeguard Upper Canada after the War of 1812.  Board the historic Tall Ships, H.M.S. Bee and H.S.M. Tecumseth moored at Discover Harbour. Visit the reconstructed dockyard, sailors’ barracks, workshops, Captain’s residence and the original Officers’ Quarters. Friendly and knowledgeable costumed guides bring the fascinating stories to life.  On site Restaurant, Gift Shop and the King’s Wharf Theatre.

Grand Opening of H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre at Discovery Harbour
Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene, officially opened its spectacular H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre on May 22, housing the original 1815 hull of H.M.S. Tecumseth and all new exhibits on the history of the Pentanguishene Naval and Military Establishments. The Grand Opening was attended by close to 300 people.  Here the Official Platform Party gathers beside the entrance sign to the new Centre.  Pictured left to right: Moreland Lynn, Chair, Penetanguishene Centennial Museum Advisory Committee, The Reverend Veronica Roynon of Saint James on-the-Lines Church, Penetanguishene, Dave Dusome, representing Bruce Stanton, M.P. for Simcoe North,  Cal Patterson, Warden, County of Simcoe, Jan Gray, General Manager, Huronia Historical Parks, Gerry Marshall, Mayor, Town of Penetanguishene, and Steven Davidson, Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport.Location:
 93 Jury Dr., Penetanguishene, L9M 1G1    705-526-7838


Yarn Bombers unveil their record-setting amazing work at Discovery Harbour

The fabulous work of over 300 regional knitters/crocheters was unveiled at Discovery Harbour on July 26, making the heritage attraction the first historic site ever to be “Yarn Bombed” from one end to the other in Canada.  The project is part of the ongoing 200th Year Celebrations at Discovery Harbour taking place this summer.  Discovery Harbour’s project will delight visitors as they wonder at over 500 “Yarn Bombed” items displayed on the historic site, including buildings and building interior furnishings, barrels, cannons, trees, fences and ship parts, as well as smaller objects like mice, spider webs, snakes, ladybugs, fruits, and much more.

Described as a global creative movement to beautify public spaces, Yarn Bombing is a colourful art form that has made expressive impacts around the world. The sky’s the limit for the fabulous installations – everything from parking meters to picture frames, military tanks, trees, bicycles, and even buses have been “Yarn Bombed” via fun, funky, and heartfelt efforts from talented knitters.    

The knitting/crocheting that happened at Discovery Harbour was an intergenerational activity that involved both very experienced and beginner knitters, allowing the historic site’s “Yarn Bombing” project to engage a wide variety of community members.  One such group was the Juneau family, spanning four generations with a combined knitting/crocheting experience of over 425 years!  Many other community members and organizations also participated, including retirement homes, church groups, and libraries, school children, cousins, friends, and families.

On July 24th, Discovery Harbour hosted an evening at the historic site to recognize and thank the individual volunteers and community groups that made the landmark event possible. 125 volunteers attended and had the opportunity to tour Discovery Harbour “Yarn Bombed”!  Many guests were able to find their knitted or crocheted square or strip around a tree or covering one of the many yarn bombed items at the attraction. Items inside the historic buildings ranged from crocheted mice, complete with cheese to a woolly knitted 24TH Regiment of Worwickshire military uniform around a grandfather clock! 

Jan Gray, General Manager of Huronia Historical Parks, is thrilled with the broad community response to the heart warming, woolly project.  “We are overwhelmed with the number of passionate, creative volunteers who have donated their time to create the many “Yarn Bombed” items to help us celebrate Discovery Harbour’s 200th Anniversary this year”, she noted.  “Come out and see this incredible display first-hand – I know you’ll marvel at the colour, creativity, and talented passion shown by all the individuals that contributed. Our woolly installations will definitely make you smile”, she added.


The Yarn Bombing installations can be viewed throughout Discovery Harbour until at least August 10.  All items will then be re-assembled into blankets and donated to shelters and emergency responders.

Discovery Harbour wishes to thank the many volunteers and staff members who made this project possible, as well as Spinrite, who carry BERNAT ® and other fine products, the Midland and Penetanguishene Public Libraries, and the Ontario Travel Information Centre in Barrie who were all contributing partners.


Season and Hours of Operation:

Open Tuesday to Saturday . May 20 to June 28, 2014, open seven days a week June 30 to September 1, 2014,

New: Open Thursday to Sunday September 4 to 7 and September 11 to 14

Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm., last admission 4:30pm

Admission:     Adults $7.00, Seniors $6.25, Students $6.25, Youth $5.25, Children 5 and under free.

Facilities:       Bilingual commentary and tours; audio wands available in 4 languages: English, French, German and Spanish , site maps available in English and French; friendly and knowledgeable costumed staff; washrooms; Gift Shop;  licensed air conditioned Restaurant; picnic area; first aid.  Pets are allowed on a lease. Smoke free environment.

Services for visitors with disabilities: Designated parking; support person accompanying a paying visitor with a disability admitted free; wheelchairs; scooter; audio wands; TTY line; service animals welcomed; Restaurant dining and washrooms.

Guided War of 1812 Themed Tours: Daily

New: Above and below-deck tours of re-fitted replica ship H.M.S. Tecsumeth based on 1815 log: Daily

93 Jury Dr.
Penetanguishene, ON L9M 1G1
Phone number: 
+1 (705) 526-7838

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