Ontario attractions offers many opportunities for families and school groups to experience a learning adventure in nature.
Take a Family Adventure This Summer!
Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene
Explore all that Discovery Harbour has to offer this summer with your family and friends. This picturesque historic site is situated on beautiful Penetanguishene Bay tracing its roots back to the original British naval and military base built to safeguard access to Upper Canada after the War of 1812.
Throughout the summer, visitors enjoy fun and interactive daily tours and on-site activities that reflect life and work at this 19th century outpost. It is the homeport of the magnificent replica ships, H.M.S. Tecumseth and H.M.S. Bee. You can board both of these historic vessels and test your skill at some of the daily ship activities. Learn what life was like as a sailor. Tour all of the historic buildings with friendly costumed staff and make sure to end your visit in the new H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre and see a real ship wreck for 1815.
On site Restaurant (Captain Roberts’ Table) and beautifully themed Gift Shop (Chiles Chandlery) and we are home to King’s Wharf Theatre. Support person admitted FREE accompanying a paying visitor with a disability.
Special Offer: Purchase 1 Adult or 1 Senior admission at Discovery Harbour or Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and receive 50% off 1 Adult or 1 Senior admission to the other site! Not valid for Special Events.
Special events taking place at Discovery Harbour during 2016.
Canada Day – July 1, 2016
Celebrate Canada’s birthday with children’s activities and giveaways. A fun day for the entire family.
Ghost Tours at Discovery Harbour – Wednesdays: 9:00pm to 10:30pm – July 13 to August 24
A spooky guided tour by candlelight featuring encounters with apparitions in the window and footsteps in the hallway. Tales of actual people associated with the Military and Naval Establishments will include that of the McGarraty brothers who died on the march from York in June of 1831 and the tale of Private James Drury who died New Year’s Eve 1836 on guard duty at Officers’ Quarters.
Piratefest – Saturday July 30 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
In partnership with the Town of Penetanguishene and Urban 365 Slide, the day is a new family event planned to draw 5,000 people to the combined festivities. Shuttles will move visitors between the dock in Penetanguishene and Discovery Harbour.
Pumpkinferno at Haunted Harbour – Evenings: Thursday-Sunday October 1-30, 2016
Experience the phenomenon of Pumpkinferno! Families can view amazing carved pumpkin displays set against the night-time backdrop of Discovery Harbour. Mazes and crafts provide fun for all ages! But Beware.. Zombies and ghouls lurk in the all new “Terror Zone”… Enter if you dare! (Terror zone not recommended for young children)
The carved pumpkins you will see at Pumpkinferno are realistic, artificial pumpkins, whose forms have been shaped from molds of real pumpkins. The pumpkins have been designed and carved by a talented group of young artists from the Eastern Ontario region. These designers and carvers were selected based on their penchant for design, whether in his/her field of study or as a personal hobby.
Located on the shores of Georgian Bay in Penetanguishene, the King’s Wharf Theatre is a only 45 minute drive from Collingwood, Barrie and Orillia. Nestled within Discovery Harbour, the 385-seat theatre is flanked by majestic tall ships and historic buildings . This unique theatre is operated by award-winning Drayton Entertainment, a registered not-for-profit charitable organization and one of Canada’s most successful professional theatre companies.
Each year Drayton Entertainment present the finest in live theatre to over 200,000 patrons across Ontario at the original Drayton Festival Theatre, Huron Country Playhouse and Playhouse II in Grand Bend, King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene, Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge and St. Jacobs Country Playhouse and the Schoolhouse Theatre in St. Jacobs.
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, Ontario’s first European community, in the heart of Georgian Bay, and was the headquarters for the French Jesuit Mission to the Huron-Wendat people. In 1639, the Jesuits, along with French lay workers, began construction of a fenced community that included barracks, a church, workshops, residences, and a sheltered area for First Nations visitors.
By 1648, Sainte-Marie was a wilderness home to 66 French men, representing one-fifth of the entire population of New France. Sainte-Marie’s brief history ended in 1649, when members of the mission community were forced to abandon and burn their home of nearly 10 years.
After extensive archaeological and historical research, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is now recreated on its original site, where the mission’s compelling story is brought to life. Located near Midland in the beautiful Southern Georgian Bay area, this world-renowned reconstruction illustrates the interaction of the French and Huron-Wendat nations. Visitors get a unique opportunity to see the earliest Canadian pioneer life, through guided or self-guided visits, school group tours, interactive education programs, special events, and corporate functions. We are also very proud of the fact that we are now an ‘Ontario Signature Experience’.
End your time with us with a visit our Interpretive Museum. Have a delicious meal in our themed on-site Restaurant and shop for a lovely souvenir in the Museum Gift Shop.
Support person accompanying a paying visitor with a disability are admitted FREE.
Purchase 1 Adult admission at Discovery Harbour or Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and receive 30% off 1 Adult admission to the other site!
Special events taking place at Sainte-Marie during 2016.
National Aboriginal Day – June 21, 2016
The Huron Wendat people are integral to the Sainte-Marie story, and the historic site continues to share aspects of Aboriginal culture today. Join us on National Aboriginal Day as we pay tribute to Canada’s First Nations with drumming, dancing, singing, special on-site activities, and displays. Read More
Canada Day – July 1, 2016
Celebrate Canada’s birthday with fun children’s activities and giveaways!
Lacrosse: Celebrate the Game – July 1 to 3, 2016
Experience and learn about Lacrosse and hear stories in Sainte-Marie’s longhouse on the game! Presented in partnership with the 1615 Champlain Commemorations Committee.
Sunset Tours at Sainte-Marie – Thursday evenings: 6:30pm to 8:00pm – July 14 to August 25
A guided tour of Sainte-Marie that highlights French and First Nations stories and the people who lived here from 1639 to 1649. Individuals such as Master Carpenter Charles Boivin and Blacksmith Louis Gaubert will be highlighted. The evening concludes in the Longhouse with a traditional First Nations story which is a memorable experience and not to be missed.
FEAST Sainte-Marie – Saturday August 6 – 11:00am to 8:00pm
A celebration of the French, Huron-Wendat and regional food that influence much of the historical and regional cuisine of today. From Huron-Wendat corn bread to roasting bannock and learning the legend of “Three Sisters Soup”, this event is a taste of our heritage that also includes significant Francophone culinary references. Includes craft brewing and cider experiences throughout the historic site as well as entertainment.
Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre POW WOW – Sainte-Marie Park – September 10-11, 2016
This annual traditional POW WOW, presented by the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre at Sainte-Marie Park, is open to the public. It features Native dancing, traditional crafts and foods. Read More
Franco-Ontarian Day – September 25, 2016
Celebrate French culture and heritage in Ontario with special displays and activities.
Thanksgiving Harvest Festival – October 8-9, 2016
Celebrate the colourful Fall Season with Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale on October 8-9. A family favourite, the event features pumpkin decorating, seasonal displays, and over 35 exceptional artisans. Read More
First Light – November 24-26, December 1-3 and 8-10, 2016
Experience Sainte-Marie’s spectacular “First Light” Event evenings November 24-26 and December 1-3 & 8-10 as we illuminate the famous historic site with over 5,000 candles. Recognized by Festivals and Events Ontario as one of Ontario’s “Top 100” Events, “First Light” creates a wonderful holiday ambience, featuring hands-on activities for children, seasonal and Francophone music, Aboriginal performances, and much more. New for 2016, First Light festivities will also be featured at Martyrs’ Shrine. Read More
16164 Highway 12 E.
Midland, ON L4R 4K8