Penetanguishene (), 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 since grown to 9,354 (2006 Statistics Canada), an increase of 12.5% from 2001 (8,316).
The name Penetanguishene comes from the Ojibwa language meaning "place of the white rolling sands".
In 1793, John Graves Simcoe visited the area and saw Penetanguishene's potential as a naval base to maintain warships to protect the newly-developed northwesterly trade and exploration route. In 1817, naval units from Michilimackinac and Schooner Town (near modern-day Wasaga Beach) were consolidated at Penetaguishene. However, because of treaty limitations with the U.S. that limited both countries' naval power on the Great Lakes, two British armed topsail schooners, HMS Tecumseth and HMS Newash were laid up in ordinary and eventually reported to have sunk at their moorings in the harbour in 1828. Some other small craft, however, were headquartered in Penetanguishene for the exploration and mapping of the Great Lakes' coastline. In 1828, the main British military establishment on the Upper Lakes moved from Drummond Island to Penentanguishene. Families of Metis fur traders who had moved with the British from Michilimackinac to Drummond Island after the War of 1812 moved to Penetanguishene and settled in the town and the surrounding area. Although the naval base was closed in 1834, the military base remained until 1856.
In the 1840s, families from Quebec (mainly the area immediately east of Montreal), attracted by promises of cheap and fertile land, joined the French-speaking Drummond Island settlers already in the area. Later, as the logging industry began to develop, more settlers arrived and Penetanguishene became the local market and meeting place for these individuals. Many of Penetanguishene's families today are descended from these Québécois settlers that arrived in the 1800s, giving the town a marked bilingual culture.
The historic naval and military base (Discovery Harbour) near Penetanguishene is open to visitors, and at one time offered trips in the two reconstructed sailing ships from the 1812 period, HMS Bee and HMS Tecumseth. While this is no longer permitted, the sailing ships still remain in the harbour.
The Junior C hockey Penetang Kings are based in the town.
Linda Webber, Chelsea Webber and Rev. David Webber visited First, Penetanguishene, Ont., where Rev. Mark Wolfe is the minister, during their eastern Canada visit in May.(People & Places)(Brief article)(Photograph)
Sep 01, 2007; [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Caption: Linda Webber, Chelsea Webber and Rev. David Webber visited First, Penetanguishene, Ont.,...
On Easter morning, the "young folks" of First Presbyterian Church in Penetanguishene, Ont., prepared, cooked and served breakfast before the service.(people & places)(First Presbyterian Church)(Brief Article)
Nov 01, 2004; On Easter morning, the "young folks" of First Presbyterian Church in Penetanguishene, Ont., prepared, cooked and served...
Rev. Peter Ruddell may have thought he was retired, but he's just finished a year as interim moderator of First, Penetanguishene, Ont., and recently returned from a working mission trip to Ukraine and Romania.(People & Places)
May 01, 2007; [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Caption: Rev. Peter Ruddell may have thought he was retired, but he's just finished a year as interim...