A naval and military past Discovery Harbour traces its roots back to the original British naval and military base in Penetanguishene, built to safeguard access to Upper Canada after the War of 1812. \”His Majesty’s Naval Establishment on Lake Huron\”, (as it was first called) kept ships prepared to supply British posts to the northwest. By 1820, it was home to over 70 people, including sailors, officers, shipwrights, and soldiers. Five large ships, 15 smaller vessels, and numerous workshops and dwellings were built. In 1828, a British garrison on Drummond Island was relocated to Penetanguishene. By 1834, Canada was defended exclusively by these forces. An impressive stone Officers’ Quarters was built in 1845. The military occupied the site until 1856.
Fort Henry is both a museum and a spectacular historic site. In fact Fort Henry is part of Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Rideau Canal. Once inside the fortification’s wooden gates visitors enter a marvellous reproduction of 19th century military life. The site offers guided tours, scenic views, and musical performances from a military band and military and marching demonstrations by the Fort Henry Guard. The Fort also plays host to numerous special ceremonies and events throughout the tourist season, so don’t be surprised if you get a little unforeseen bonus during your visit. Special bonus to visitors: Fort Henry offers a Reciprocal Program with its partner historic site Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario. When you purchase an admission during the regular season (May 16- September 6) you will receive an admission ticket FREE to use to visit Fort Henry again or to visit Upper Canada Village. It’s Ontario’s best family deal!
“Unquestionably the best building of the kind in Upper Canada” – Statistical Account of Upper Canada, 1817 The Old Stone Mill, the only stone gristmill in Canada designated a National Historic Site, is one of the oldest surviving automatic gristmills in Ontario. Owned and operated by the Delta Mill Society, a non-profit and charitable organization, the Old Stone Mill National Historic Site features interactive exhibits, programs and guided tours that explore the rich history and technology of this 1810 stone landmark. Open daily between Victoria Day weekend and Labour Day, 10 am to 5pm. Other times by appointment. Located on the Rideau Heritage Route.
Located near Midland in the beautiful Heart of Georgian Bay, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is located immediately adjacent to the Tay Shore Trail which links to paved trails throughout South Georgian Bay. Bike racks and bike repair stations located on-site. Sainte-Marie illustrates the interaction of the French and 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. Visit our Interpretive Museum and themed gift shop, and complete your stay with a delicious meal in Restaurant Sainte-Marie. Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is operated by Huronia Historical Parks, and is an Attraction of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Recreational cycling: The Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site invites cyclists to experience our newly paved road and pathways. In addition, the Attikamek trail system features 2.2 km of trails on South Ste. Marys Island passing through forest, wetlands and right under the International Bridge! Our packed gravel surface makes the trails ideal for all types of bikes. Primarily flat with minimal grade, our trails are great for all ages and levels of experience. Fat bikes: Fat bikes are also available for rent at the Sault Canal. Explore the trails with these fun, off-road- ready bikes. Want to try one out? Rentals start at $10/ hour per bike. Adult and youth sizes available. Rental includes a helmet and bike lock. Come to the Visitor Centre and try one today! Availability is on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are not available. Free admission to the Sault Canal site means you can come explore the trails and enjoy the beautiful views at your leisure.