Lake Huron's British Naval Base after the War of 1812
The United States and Great Britain have usually been allies since U.S. independence - except during the War of 1812. Then they were bitter foes, a legacy preserved at Discovery Harbour. At this recreated military post in Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada, visitors experience the history of the Royal Navy on the Great Lakes. Discovery Harbour and similar posts were most useful in peacetime, when they supported exploratory expeditions and hydrographic endeavors. But this facility was established to protect Canada in wartime.