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  • Discovery Harbour
    Discovery Harbour, on Penetanguishene Bay, will take you back in time to the presence of British naval and military forces. An Ontario tourism destination, Discovery Harbour is also home to the replica British sailing ships H.M.S. Tecumseth and H.M.S. Bee. Tour the historic properties and learn first-hand the challenges of shipwrights, sailors, soldiers and other military and civilian personnel at this isolated outpost built to defend Upper Canada. (705) 549-8064 Open Tuesday to Saturday May 21 to June 29, open 7 days per week June 30 to September 1. NEW: Open Thursday to Sunday September 5 to September 8 and September 12 to September 15. Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., last admission 4:30 p.m. NEW: Above and below-deck tours of re-fitted replica ship H.M.S. Tecumseth based on 1815 log: Daily NEW: Opening of H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre housing the original 1815 hull remains of H.M.S. Tecumseth plus a permanent educational exhibit: August NEW: TALL SHIPS (R) 1812 Tour featuring visiting American ships Lynx and Friends Good Will plus enhanced on-site activities including musical entertainment: August 24-25 Audio Tours available in English, French, German, and Spanish Canada Day: July 1 Haunted Harbour: Evenings October 24-25-26

 

  • Georgian Bay Islands National Park
    Explore the area's famous waters, winds, forests, beaches, and wildlife. Georgian Bay Islands National Park protects 59 islands in the greater Georgian Bay ecosystem. Access is only by boat from Penetanguishene or Midland. (705) 756-2415

 

  • Georgian Bay Queen Penetanguishene 30,000 Island Cruise
    Enjoy a cruising tradition. Experience the beauty of Georgian Bay on the deck of Southern Georgian Bay's largest and most spacious cruise ship. Live commentary on the area and history. Sightseeing, Jazz and Dinner cruises. (705) 549-7795
     
  • Huronia Museum & Huron-Ouendat Village
    The Huron village represents what Huron life was like in 1500-1600 just before the arrival of the European settlers. Huronia Museum houses a variety of displays, which illustrate the human history and culture of one of Ontario's most historic areas. Unique exhibits, which portray the many ideas, images and objects from the people of Huronia. Located in Midland.  (705) 526-2844

 

  • Kings Wharf Theatre
    Located on the shores of Georgian Bay in Penetanguishene, the King's Wharf Theatre is only a 40 minute drive from Midland and Orillia. Nestled within Discovery Harbour, the 385-seat theatre is flanked by majestic tall ships and historic buildings - a step back into the history of a 19th century British naval and military base. This unique theatre is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. The spectacular natural beauty of Georgian Bay is ideal for an unforgettable summer theatre experience. Local Box office (705) 549-5555. Toll Free: 1-888-449-4463

 

  • Martyr's Shrine
    Just east of Midland, on Highway 12, twin spires rising above the treeline welcome visitors to historic Martyrs' Shrine. The Shrine honours the eight Jesuit saints who lived, worked and died here over 350 years ago. The grounds, including the famous Shrine Church and 75 pleasantly landscaped acres invite you into prayer and tranquility. Come and learn about the Jesuit missionaries, Jean de Brébeuf, Gabriel Lalemant, and their companions who were responsible for bringing Christianity to Canada over 350 years ago. (705) 526-3788

 

  • Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives
    The history of one of Ontario's oldest communities is proudly displayed at the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives. Visit the 1875 Lumber Office and General Store owned by late lumber baron and past mayor, Mr. Charles Beck. Learn about the importance of the logging industry in the town's beginnings. The museum's 4500 sq. ft. addition houses a Timber Bay Gift Shop, a Great Hall with rotating art and traveling art exhibitions, archives, a computerized photograph database and a Genealogy & History Research Centre. Our hours of operation are Monday to Saturday, 9am to 4:30pm and Sunday 12 to 4:30pm (closed in the winter). For more information, please contact the museum at 705-549-2150.

 

  • Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
    Sainte-Marie among the Hurons National Aboriginal Day June 21 and the Aboriginal Festival June 22-23 Franco-Ontarian Day: September 25 Canada Day: July 1 Audio Tours available in 12 languages Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show & Sale First Light: Evenings November 28-29-30 : October 12-13 Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre Pow Wow (Sainte-Marie Park): September 7-8 NEW: Open weekdays April 8 to May 17 Open 7 days per week May 18 to October 13 Open weekdays October 14 to November 22 Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., last admission 4:45 p.m. www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca (705) 526-7838

 

  • Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
    Nature at it’s best! The Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre in Midland, Ontario invites you to leap into a natural experience you will always remember. Offering year round enjoyment in a beautiful, natural setting and open every day to “entice, educate and enlighten you”. The Wye Marsh is designated as an Important Bird Area and is home to an amazing diversity of bird species such as Least Bittern, Black Tern and the Trumpeter Swan. Watch for special guided hikes through the marsh and their largest events of the year, Sweetwater Harvest, Wye Marsh Fundraising Dinner and the Wye Marsh Rhythms Folk Fall Festival & Canadian Wildlife Carving Championships. (705) 526-7809

 

 

Midland and Penetanguishene Attractions: A Haven for Tourists

 

Georgian Bay plays a significant role in the tourism industry of Midland and Penetanguishene. In Midland, the beaches beckon it visitors; and in Penetanguishene, the rich aboriginal culture explains the history of the town. Midland and Penetanguishene attractions are rich combinations of the two diverse but related cultures. In Penetanguishene, the Huronia Museum and the Huron or Ouendat Village as well as the lure of outdoor activities are an example of a Midland and Penetanguishene attractions for all seasons.

 

On summer evenings, people can enjoy the plays in King’s Wharf Theatre. For more sightseeing along the bay, boats cruises will give tourists an eyeful of the beautiful islands dotting the bay. There is no end to the lures of Midland and Penetanguishene attractions.

 

Penetanguishene was once an important trading center for furs. The Huronia Museum and Huron-Ouendat Village provides a trip back to the early times of 1500-1600 before European settlers arrived Canada. The setting relives the early way of life for the people. The picture of Sainte Marie amoung the Hurons is also here. This is one of the Midland and Penetanguishene attractions.

 

In Midland, bird watchers will love the birds in the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. The centre provides a hands on learning experience with guided tours along the marshes. The Wye marsh ecotours will take you to the remote areas where the birds, swans and other species congregate. Families will enjoy the summer camps on the camping grounds. The sculpture of the Trumpeter Swan on the Midland waterfront is a stunning piece of art.

 

Tourists can enjoy the boat cruises on Muskoka-Georgian Bay, Kempenfelt Bay, and roll a dice in nearby Casino Rama. During the fall, the colors burst forth in splendor of red, green, and gold. The campsites become a veritable wonderland. Hiking and biking along the colorful trails carpeted with autumn leaves lends magic to Midland and Penetanguishene attractions along the nature and beach trails. The Awenda Provincial Park has glacier-created landforms and tourists can go canoeing along the Georgian Bay and camp in the beautiful grounds. In winter, there are snowmobiles, ice huts for rent and ice fishing.

 

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