July 22, 2015

Expanded Family Discovery Days promises great fun for the entire family!

Discovery Harbour will expand its successful Family Discovery Days to a full weekend with jam-packed family fun on Saturday July 25th and Sunday July 26th!

The two-day event will provide a fun, interactive day for families with great activities, music, and demonstrations.  Children’s music and entertainment is featured throughout the weekend, with kid’s singing sensations Sonshine and Broccolli performing an energy-packed and interactive program both days. Juggling Joe returns to amaze with his acrobatic juggling feats – you can even learn to juggle with Joe throughout the weekend!

Through cheap trickery and real magic, master ventriloquist, Tim the Puppet Tamer will convince audiences of the dangers of taming ferocious and uncooperative puppets! A combination of Clown, Circus and Improvisation, this show brings the best in live theatre to life!

Mabel Moon also returns with her amazing face painting and unique designs. Music will include Discovery Harbour’s own Salty Sailor Singers performing sea shanties throughout the day.

On Saturday, don’t miss the swashbuckling magic of Captain Corbin, who will perform twice throughout the day on the historic site. Also on Saturday, the Penetanguishene Fire Department will show their colours with their aerial truck and vintage engine.  

See and hear real black powder fired from Penetanguishene Bay aboard the H.M.S. Badger – and take cover on our own Tall Ships, the H.M.S. Tecumseth and H.M.S. Bee! Adults and kids will love the superb collection of model boats displayed by the Metro Marine Modellers – you can even see a 200 year-old ship wreck in our new H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre!

All weekend long, activities on the historic site include 19th century games, quill pen writing, blacksmithing demonstrations, and tours of the original 1836 Officers’ Quarters.  

Children can make their own pirate hats in the Sailor’s Barracks, as well as construct a simple wooden ship model to take home in the Children’s Centre. Families can operate lively dancing marionettes known as Bonhome Gigeurs, and enjoy a special interactive craft area by the Métis Nation of Ontario.

Tasty food will be available from an on-site BBQ hosted by Captain Roberts’ Table Restaurant.

Family Discovery Days is at Discovery Harbour on Saturday, July 25th and Sunday July 26th. For further information on the event and activities happening all summer long at Discovery Harbour, please visit hhp.on.ca or follow us on Twitter via @discoveryharbr or on Facebook at Discovery Harbour.

February 19th, 2015

Huronia Historical Parks Welcomes New General Manager

Will Baird has been selected as the new General Manager of Huronia Historical Parks (HHP). His appointment takes effect March 2nd, 2015.

Baird joins HHP from the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, where he was Manager of Fort Henry. Since joining the Kingston attraction in 2001, his contributions included leading business transformation which resulted in a 35% net financial improvement over three years, the design and build of the new Fort Henry Discovery Centre and management of a $5 million capital restoration maintenance program committee in partnership with Parks Canada.

“Will is highly regarded as a credible leader, who initiates and models innovation, inclusiveness and creativity. His direct experience in tourism and heritage site operational management will be assets as he assumes his new leadership responsibilities with Huronia Historical Parks”, noted Assistant Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Morah Fenning, who led the open recruitment process.

In his current role as Manager at Fort Henry, Baird operates in a diverse, multi-stakeholder environment, frequently liaising with Boards, community partners and various business sectors. States Baird “Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and Discovery Harbour play a key role in the tourism and business landscape of Southern Georgian Bay. I value the importance of positive relationships with local community partners such as regional towns and municipalities and their stakeholders, and have a strong commitment to regional involvement in all aspects of business delivery”.

He views the stewardship of provincial cultural heritage attractions as an important responsibility as well. “Both Sainte-Marie and Discovery Harbour are found on their original locations with significant heritage assets and archaeological resources that must be protected. They belong to future generations of Ontarians and are important to our social, economic and cultural well-being”, commented Baird.

Prior to becoming Manager of Fort Henry, Baird was the Coordinator of Special Events, Promotions and Sponsorships at the historic site. Today Fort Henry hosts over 130 event days annually, due in part to the growth of events coordinated by Baird, such as Fort Fright, The Fort Henry Tattoo, Sunset Ceremony 3D wall projection and Sport tourism initiatives.

From 2006 to 2012, Baird was also a Professor at St. Lawrence College, where he designed and taught the Special Event Management Program, and contributed to both the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and Heritage & Cultural Tourism programs.

Baird will be moving to the Southern Georgian Bay area with his wife and 2 teenagers. His hobbies include running marathons, cycling, and triathlons as well as playing all kinds of music. “I am really looking forward to embracing Southern Georgian Bay and exploring the trails in the area by foot or by bike” said Baird.

Huronia Historical Parks operates Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland and Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene. Both historic sites are attractions of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. For more information please visit hhp.on.ca or call 705 526-7838.

Media Contact
Gary Molnar, Manager - Marketing, New Media and Visitor Services
Huronia Historical Parks
(705) 528-7696

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