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Etienne Brule was the first European in the area, area 1612, followed by John Graves Simcoe in 1793. The town was established in 1817 as a naval base.
Today, Penetanguishene is a bilingual (French and English) lakeside town known for its history, martime industry, and peaceful, rustic atmosphere.
People Born in Penetanguishene
Penetanguishene in People's Lives
John Graves Simcoe: I came to the land here in 1793, being the second European to ever set foot in the area. I believed that, due to its location on the bay and lake, this would make an excellent naval base, and began putting forth this suggestion. My belief came to pass in 1817.
Sarah Gadon: I traveled here in 2009 to film scenes of the TV show Happy Town.