Top 10 Things to do in Penetanguishene, Canada

December 19, 2017 Kandra Bartel

Penetanguishene /pɛnɪˈtæŋɡwɪʃiːn/ ( listen), sometimes shortened to Penetang, is a town in Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada. It is located on the southeasterly tip of Georgian Bay. Incorporated on February 22, 1882, this bilingual (French and English) community has a population of 8,962 in the Canada 2016 Census.
Restaurants in Penetanguishene

1. King's Wharf Theatre

93 Jury Dr, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1G1, Canada +1 705-549-5555
Excellent
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5 based on 121 reviews

King's Wharf Theatre

Nestled within Discovery Harbour on Georgian Bay, the King's Wharf Theatre is a pleasantly rustic, 385-seat venue that offers all the comforts of a modern facility. Flanked by the historic buildings of a 19th-century British naval and military base, the theatre is located at the end of a beautiful boardwalk that looks on to the homeport of replica ships H.M.S. Bee and H.M.S. Tecumseth. A visit to the King's Wharf Theatre takes only 45 minutes from Barrie and Orillia, or just over an hour from Collingwood. While in the area, explore the communities of Penetanguishene and Midland, which offer unique shops and dining establishments. You'll also want to discover such treasures as Ontario's first European Community at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons.

Reviewed By Sue T - Thornbury, Canada

Saw the production of Joseph two weeks ago and went back this week taking our daughter and granddaughter. It truly is amazing! Such a professional production, the singing and dancing were terrific and Jamie McKnight as Joseph had just the right mix of boyhood charm...MoreHello Sue! Thank you for taking the time to review Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. We are so glad you discovered the King's Wharf Theatre and were able to introduce your family to the magic of live theatre. See you in 2018!

2. Discovery Harbour

93 Jury Dr, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1G1, Canada +1 705-526-7838
Excellent
58%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 153 reviews

Discovery Harbour

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.

Reviewed By D7K8S - Brantford, Canada

Was a good little trip, the two recreated ships are interesting to see. It is also a good walk, the staff are dressed in period but their knowledge is limited as I am pretty sure they are students. The buildings are neat to go through and the hull of the original ship is nice to view. Not too much for the history, as they basically let the ship rot at dock, it wasn't sunk from any battles. I would include this as a part of day trip and not dedicate just to this. Don't forget the helpful vote.

3. Awenda Provincial Park

Box 5004, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 2G2, Canada +1 705-549-2231
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 233 reviews

Awenda Provincial Park

Reviewed By Frank_10000111 - Ontario, Canada

Love the water.
Campground was no pets, no radios, so it was great!
Sort of clean.
Friendly staff. Peaceful. Long drive to the 1st beach and longer walk to remaining Beaches.
Not too much garbage on the Beaches.
Expensive to camp and expensive firewood and ice.

4. Penetanguishene Rotary Park

Main Street, Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada
Excellent
65%
Good
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Penetanguishene Rotary Park

Reviewed By Chimney_Inspector - Penetanguishene, Canada

One of the nicest parks I have visited. We live only minutes from this park, having moved a year ago, and having found it love the park and area. The view of the bay, quiet walks, dog park for our friend. And in the summer our grandkids loved the splash pad. Do drop by and visit.

5. Diverse Rentals & Vacations

79 Champlain Road | Hindson Marina, Penetanguishene, Ontario L4R 3R1, Canada
Excellent
83%
Good
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Satisfactory
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5 based on 22 reviews

Diverse Rentals & Vacations

We are Ontario's Premier Vacation Company! Located at Hindson Marina in Penetanguishene on beautiful Georgian Bay – the gateway to the famous 30,000 Islands. Conveniently located 90 minutes north of Toronto and just over a half hour from Barrie and Orillia. A world away just down the highway! Stay n Play packages are available year round. "Floatel rooms"in spring summer and fall, waterfront winter retreats as well as hotel rooms right on the snowmobile trail can be yours to experience. Only here for the day? Why not rent one of our ski boats, jet skis or pontoon boats? We also have Standup paddle boards, water skis, wakeboards, kneeboards, tubes, kayaks, canoes and paddleboats at the Diverse Dock to fulfill your need for fun. Take a captained tour up scenic Penetang harbour or jump on a jet-ski and explore our pristine Beaches. Discover what a real Canadian winter is all about. Ride the frozen lakes or groomed trails on a premium snowmobile. Take a guided tour and experience our winter wonderland as a group or head out yourself armed with a trail map and directions to many favorite local destinations. Come have some fun in the sun or in the snow!

Reviewed By Mary T - Brantford, Canada

Husband and I went on a 3 hour snowmobile tour---was terrific. Staff very helpful. Good they allowed us to ride at what we felt was a comfortable speed, checking often to make sure everything was ok. Lunch was great--nice that it was ordered ahead of...MoreThanks very much for the great review Mary. It was our pleasure!

6. Penetanguishene 30000 Island Cruises

2 Main Street, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 2G2, Canada
Excellent
54%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Penetanguishene 30000 Island Cruises

Reviewed By Dana D

We enjoy cruising when we go to various vacation spots. We knew we had to see some of Georgian Bay and the Islands and later learned this the last year for the Georgian Queen out of Pentanguishine.
It was easy to call and book tickets and they even allowed us to change days when the weather forecast did not look good for the day we had booked. The captain is great at explaining what you are seeing and telling stories along the way.
As an old icebreaker it is a fairly large boat so there is some limits to where it can go. It would have been nice to have returned by a slightly different route but it was nice to see the Islands again after hearing the stories as we had passed earlier. It is also a slightly slower ship so it is a 3 1/2 hr cruise.
If you have a chance to go in 2014 make the effort and you won't be disappointed.

7. Saint Ann's Roman Catholic Church

28 Robert St W, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1N2, Canada +1 705-549-2560
Excellent
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Saint Ann's Roman Catholic Church

Reviewed By 45DegreesNorth - Montreal

There are times when I feel like I have been “cathedraled-out” after travelling through Europe’s major cities, however I found this church to be very lovely and refreshing in this landscape. We arrived around 12:30 on a Sunday and found the doors wide open, and we were able to explore the building on our own. I loved the large murals on the walls and ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows. It was nice to see the beautiful landscape outside the doors, a lovely church in a beautiful setting. Well worth a visit.

8. Penetanguishene Centennial Museum

13 Burke St | L9M 1C1, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1C1, Canada +1 705-549-2150
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Penetanguishene Centennial Museum

Reviewed By hipfanatic - Ontario

Loved the replica general store. Currently has an interesting Egyptian exhibit running. Nice little gift shop.

9. Patch of Blue

975 Fuller Ave, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1G7, Canada +1 705-427-3613
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5 based on 3 reviews

Patch of Blue

Patch of Blue Blueberries is a family-owned blueberry farm where you can pick blueberries or we can pick them for you at reasonable price, our blueberries are uncertified organic. At Patch of Blue there is beautiful scenery and it is a great bonding experience to share with family and friends. Seasonal Closures

Reviewed By Elizabeth P - Midland, Canada

This is a must do each year for my family. The owners are friendly and helpful. I find the blueberry bushes are healthy and produce the very best berries. The prices are fantastic. I go every year and pick enough to freeze for the entire...MoreThank you for the lovely review Elizabeth I hope you have a good time at The Patch of Blue

10. Midland Tours

10 Robert St E, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1L6, Canada
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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3.5 based on 3 reviews

Midland Tours

Reviewed By OntarioJenn - Whitby, Canada

This isn't an exciting tour, but a group of 9 of us went on the cruise for my dad's 70th birthday. Lots of seniors on the trip, and families too. We went on the Serendipity. There's a top level of the boat which is open to the air (and rain ... yes, it rained), a middle deck with tables and chairs, and a lower deck with more Seating, washrooms, and bar service.
Sit on the left side of the boat. All of the sights are on that side. We sat on the right (assume the paddle rudder is the back) and had to strain to see all of the sights that the recorded voice was explaining. Most of the time, there is not recording, but when it comes on, it's referring to sights on the left-side (shore line).
Wednesdays is 2-for-1. This made it a good deal for us.

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