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Discovery Harbour Midland Ontario

A road trip is to Midland Ontario is not complete without a visit to Discovery Harbour. This original British naval and military base located near Penetanguishene, was built to provide protection to Upper Canada after the War of 1812. The British naval presence on Georgian Bay was to provide ships to supply British outposts westward. By the 1800s, it was home to sailors, officers, shipwrights and soldiers. In total, five large ships, 15 smaller vessels and numerous workshops and dwellings were built.

Discovery Harbour Midland Ontario
Margaret at the entrance to Discovery Harbour

 

As a teenager, my family and I would travel around Ontario, exploring the rich history that Ontario has to offer and Discovery Harbour was overflowing in stories from the past. Take your time and stop at the Base Commander’s house or examine the cartographers quarters, it is truly a great way to learn the history of Upper Canada.

 

Discovery Harbour entrance
Buildings at Discovery Harbour Midland Ontario

 

Discovery Harbour map
Harbour map

 

Discovery Harbour
Stern of the HMS Tecumseth

 

Visitors will enjoy informative and interactive daily tours. The Harbour is also anchorage for two replica ships – H.M.S Bee and H.M.S Tecumseth.

 

Discovery Harbour Midland Ontario
Deck of the HMS Tecumseth

 

Discovery Harbour Midland Ontario
Mast and rigging

 

Discovery Harbour Midland Ontario
Pentang Harbour

 

Discovery Harbour Midland Ontario
Commander’s House

 

Discovery Harbour Midland Ontario
Union Jack

Come for the day and soak up a little bit of British Naval culture. There is so much to do! Discovery Harbour is operated by Huronia Historical Parks and is an attraction of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

Discovery Harbour Midland Ontario
Open wooden boat

 

Discovery Harbour Midland Ontario
Commander’s House

 

Discovery Harbour Midland Ontario
Fireplace in Commander’s House

 

Discovery Harbour Midland Ontario
Coat of Arms

Check out the links below for more information on the Midland Ontario area:

400 Eleven – Travel Information North of Toronto

Midland Ontario Attractions

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. May 26, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    The Discovery Harbour retro was amazing for me. My boat was docked at Hindson Marina and I used to anchor off Discovery after work and relax. It’s good to see the pictures from land!

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