The strong bonds between Canada and the United States will be on display this weekend August 24-25 with The TALL SHIPS ® 1812 Tour. Opening ceremonies at Discovery Harbour commence at 9:30 a.m. August 24th outside the Charthouse with Penetanguishene Pipes and Drums piping in Assistant Deputy Minister, Tourism, Culture and Sport Morah Fenning, Huronia Historical Parks General Manager Jan Gray and representatives of visiting American War of 1812 tall ships Captain Stefan Edick of the Lynx and Captain Adele Arlitt of Friends Good Will. Discovery Harbour’s own Salty Sailor Singers will sing the Canadian National Anthem and the Star Spangled Banner. Assistant Deputy Minister Morah Fenning will raise the Discovery Harbour “Celebration of Peace” banner to officially open the event. The American Captains are to receive a commemorative “Celebration of Peace” banner.
Discovery Harbour is unique in the 15 port, pan-provincial TALL SHIP ® 1812 Tour as an actual British Naval and Military Establishment associated with the War of 1812 and home to the 124’ replica tall ship, H.M.S. Tecumseth. Recently Discovery Harbour completed the full rigging of the H.M.S. Tecumseth, with this magnificent vessel now appearing much like its original namesake built in 1815. The original 1815 hull remains of the vessel have also now been moved into the new H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre, which opened to the public on August 19th.
The August 24th – 25th celebration also includes live music featuring TAMARACK, Jill et les Bûcherons. Vince Therrien, and The Salty Sailor Singers, plus fun naval-themed activities and crafts on the historic site.
“Our government is proud to help commemorate the War of 1812 Bicentennial through our support for the TALL SHIPS ® 1812 Tour,” said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “The TALL SHIPS ® 1812 Tour will be a spectacular way to mark a defining moment in our nation’s history. This is a signature event that will draw visitors from Ontario and beyond our borders, strengthen local economies and create jobs right across Ontario.”
“Passports” are now on sale for $18.00 per person which allows on-board access to the Tall Ships at Discovery Harbour, the Port of Penetanguishene, and the Port of Midland on August 24th – 25th. They are available at the admissions areas of Discovery Harbour and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, as well as the Midland Tourist Information Centre at Town Dock, the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre in Midland, Penetanguishene Town Hall, and the Penetanguishene Tourist Information Centre at the Town Dock.
Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene Ontario is accessible via Highway 400 to Highway 93 or Highway 12 West to Highway 93 leading to the town of Penetanguishene on Georgian Bay. Stay overnight in the resort areas of Georgian Bay including Midland-Penetanguishene