Ontario Museums

An Ontario museum visit will enhance your vacation experience and provide you with a sense of pride and enthusiasm about Ontario’s historic and cultural activities in resort destinations north of Toronto. Museums exist across the province and give a detailed history of the Province of Ontario. Canada’s Military Museums give a historic perspective related to the growth of Canada. May is Museum month in Ontario, with May 18 as International Museum Day.

Ontario’s cultural and historic significance begins in rural settings throughout the province.  Many resort and lakeside destinations were first to develop as the only mode of transportation was the canoe or kayak.  Spring fever and a desire for a canoe or kayak getaway is deeply rooted int the Canadian psyche.  Corduroy roads followed usually for Military reasons going back to the early protection and the War of 1812. See Ontario Military Museums.  

Discovery Harbour Starburst icon representing membership level: Gold

Discovery Harbour Museum

Opened in 2014, the new H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre is a wonderful addition to Discovery Harbour and is included with regular site admission. The dynamic centre offers visitors a world-class facility that showcases the original 1815 hull of H.M.S. Tecumseth. The original hull was pulled from Penetanguishene Bay in 1953 but has not had a climate controlled permanent home until now. 


Numerous artifacts from the site’s 19th century history are on display, including the original 1815 clear-glass deck lights from H.M.S. Tecumseth plus a wide array of intriguing items including a powder flask, period coins, a brass platter stamped with the King’s mark, compasses, a carronade, a ship’s anchor, and even a rum bottle and flask. Key historical personalities associated with the site’s history are also explored, including Naval Hydrographer Lt. Henry Bayfield, Captain Samuel Roberts, and Chief Tecumseh.

The exhibit was funded in part by the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, 1812 Commemoration Fund.

Themed on-site Restaurant and Gift Shop available. 



Support person accompanying a paying visitor with a disability are admitted FREE

Learn more about the H.M.S Tecumseth Centre www.discoveryharbour.on.ca/dh/en/TecumsethCentre/index.htm

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Address:

93 Jury Dr.
Penetanguishene, ON  L9M 1G1

Telephone:

(705) 526-7838

www.discoveryharbour.on.ca

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Sainte Marie Among the Hurons Starburst icon representing membership level: Gold

Sainte Marie among the Hurons

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is now an ‘Ontario Signature Experience’.

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons takes you back in time to a story of cultural contact, determination, drama, and survival. As you explore the historic site you’ll sense the challenges faced by those who founded and worked at this famous mission. Throughout the summer, active demonstrations by historically-costumed staff provide insight into 17th century European and First Nations culture, lifestyle, and technology.

In July and August, the historic site is pleased to offer fun and informative demonstrations and “hands-on” activities that share aspects of life in the 17th century. They include listening to music, playing First Nation games, learning about birch bark and fire-starting techniques, medicines from the time period and taking part in a clay workshops. Additional activities for children may feature quill pen writing and making corn husk figures.

Go to www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca to plan your family summer museum getaway.

Themed on-site Restaurant and Gift Shop available.


Support person accompanying a paying visitor with a disability are admitted FREE

Special Offer:
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 

 

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Address:

16164 Highway 12 E.
Midland, ON  L4R 4K8

Telephone:

(705) 526-7838

http://www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca/sm/en/Home/

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Huronia Museum Starburst icon representing membership level: Bronze

Huronia Museum

Huronia Museum is located in Midland, Ontario, Canada. It features a replica of a “pre-contact” Huron/Ouendat village, including a lookout tower, wigwam and a full-size longhouse.

The museum also features an exhibit gallery featuring tens of thousands of historic artifacts ranging from photographs, native archaeology and art by members of the Group of Seven, and others.

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Address:

549 Little Lake Park Drive
Midland, ON  L4R 4P4

Telephone:

(705) 526-7838

http://huroniamuseum.com/

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