Penetanguishene Huronia's historic harbour
Penetanguishene’s harbour, beach, playground and skate-park adjoin the Waterfront Trail that leads to Midland from Champlain Rd. The Tiny Trail parallels County Rd 6 as a scenic bike path. The town combines a colourful blend of French-Anglo culture with a full range of attractions and amenities for visitors.
Take a morning or afternoon sightseeing cruise and experience the sparkling water, windswept pines and rocky grandeur of Muskoka/Georgian Bay’s 30,000 islands. The Serendipity Princess departs the Historic Port of Penetanguishene (town dock) daily May to September. Visitors can also enjoy dinner cruises or sunset cruises where they can dance or sing along with the evening’s entertainment.
Exciting exhibits and art shows can be discovered at Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives, located at 13 Burke St. Explore the incredible collection of artifacts and rare historical photographs. The museum boasts a replica Fire Hall, 1875 general store, 1903 Oldsmobile, and an 1879 Baldwin Steam Engine – one of the oldest in North America. Popular events include Kids’ Day Camps and Scavenger Hunts in summer.
The naval base at Discovery Harbour brings to life the era when the British navy ruled the waves. Visitors may stroll waterside boardwalks and chat with costumed officers and crew aboard a replica schooner and explore the military barracks to see what a sailor’s life was like on the frontier. Ship sawyers, carpenters and blacksmiths reenact the tradesmen who kept the fleet afloat. It opens Tue.- Sat., Victoria Day weekend to end of June; daily July to August; Thu.- Sun., the first two weekends in September.
King’s Wharf Theatre, located at Discovery Harbour, creates the magic and music of professional theatre each summer. Under the direction of Drayton Theatre’s Alex Mustakas, the theatre offers flexible programming options whereby patrons can combine top-notch performances at any of its six theatre locations throughout the season.
Awenda Provincial Park offers a retreat to wild shorelines, scenic trails, pristine beaches and nature interpretive programs. Cyclists may also use the Bluff, Beach and Brûlé Trails. The Robitaille Homestead Trail leads to a pioneer farm and spectacular lookout over Georgian Bay. Kettle’s Lake has fishing, barrier free ramp access, viewing platform and canoe rentals. The park has campsites and lodge rentals available.