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.  

S.S. Keewatin Starburst icon representing membership level: Gold+

SS Keewatin steamship

Experience the grace and power of luxury travel at the dawn of the twentieth century. The world’s last UK-built Edwardian-era passenger steamship, S.S. Keewatin is a time capsule of the elegance and engineering achieved in the same period that spawned Titanic: all original, remarkably preserved.

In 2018 we’re Open Every Day, from Thursday May 24 through Monday October 8 (Thanksgiving Day). Guided tours launch every half hour between 10 am and 3:30 pm. New in 2018, the Wheelhouse Tour… with rooms and equipment not previously shown to the public… joins the Upper Decks and Engine Room tours, starting Saturday June 30.

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Address:

311 Talbot Street
Port McNicoll, ON  L0K 1R0

Telephone:

1-855-533-9284

sskeewatin.com

info@sskeewatin.com

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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, 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. 


OPEN FOR THE 2018 SEASON MAY 5!

2018 – Bike Rentals available. Rent a bike and ride the Tay Shore Trail. 

2018 – Taste the Trail Summer Market on site Saturday mornings 9-12. 

Special events taking place at Sainte-Marie during 2018.

National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21, 2018
In recognition of National Aboriginal Day, Sainte-Marie will offer Indigenous singing, drumming and dancing. Indigenous displays and demonstrations include kid’s heritage crafts, waterway and lacrosse demonstrations, Indigenous crafters, and more.

Lacrosse: Celebrate the Game – 2018 TBA
Experience the traditions and skills of Canada’s national summer sport! Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and the Toronto Rock present the Bagattaway Lacrosse Festival June 24 and June 25, 2017 as part of the Ontario 150th Celebrations.  The site will come alive with Canada’s Historic Game during the two day event.  Visit the site of one of the first recorded accounts of the Indigenous game and try your hand at skills competitions, interactive Lacrosse displays and meet and greet with Toronto Rock players. Stay tuned for more information.

Franco-Ontarian Day – September 25, 2018
Celebrate French culture and heritage in Ontario with special displays and activities.

Thanksgiving Harvest Festival – October 6 – 7, 2018
Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale is a fun family event, with lots of on-site activities and outstanding artisans and crafters.

First Light – November 22 – 24, November 29 – December 1, December 7 – 9, 2018
Experience Sainte-Marie’s spectacular “First Light” Event evenings 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. 

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Address:

16164 Highway 12 E.
Midland, ON  L4R 4K8

Telephone:

(705) 526-7838

http://www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca

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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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