HMCS Haida National Historic Site, Hamilton

4.8
#2 of 16 in Museums in Hamilton
Hop aboard one of Canada’s most renowned naval ships, HMCS Haida National Historic Site which served in the Second World War, the Korean Conflict, and the Cold War, and was dubbed "Canada’s most fightingest ship." The Haida sank more enemy vessels than any other Canadian warship and is the only surviving Tribal-class destroyer of its kind. Freely explore the ship on your own and imagine what life was like for the crewman of the ship. Learn morse code from the crew and ask to go down into the engine room. To visit HMCS Haida National Historic Site and other attractions in Waterdown, use our Waterdown trip planner .
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HMCS Haida National Historic Site Reviews
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  • October 2, 2017
    Of the 27 ships built this is the only one that survived. 13 were sunk. Spend a couple hours here exploring the ship. Lots of steps to go up and down which is really cool. It is free this year as part...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    The history of this ship is amazing and all will thoroughly enjoy the time spent (young and old). The staff onboard are for the most part experienced seamen with personal service on this and its "sist...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    Canada 150 visit! when you arrive you can turn right into their free standard parking or you can turn left as we did and park on gravel with the other people who don't know where to park you pass the ...  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    Very informative past crew members and new recruits. Could tour at own speed. Amazing to see how they lived in tight quarters. Officers slept in bunks and crew members slept in hammocks. Took many pictures of daily life on the HMCS Haida. Would recommend this for all.
  • June 9, 2017
    Absolutely amazing! My kids loved it, my wife and I loved it, worth the visit. It's free this year for Canada's 150th birthday. So many things to see. Information posted all over the ship telling the ship's story. Very helpful and kind volunteers on board as well helping you along the way. One gentleman served on the Haida during the Korean war. He enjoyed telling us his story of when he joined the Navy at 17 yrs old. The ship is easy to navigate, arrows and numbers guiding you along the route. Overall an incredible experience and even if you're not a history buff you're sure to enjoy it.
  • June 24, 2017
    Great history lesson. Kids loved climbing aboard and exploring the ship. You can touch everything. Climb the ladders and descend between the decks. The veteran volunteers were great at explaining the workings of the ship.
  • June 20, 2017
    Such a great experience! Amazing service by the staff, you can freely walk around the boat check out multiples floors and rooms. And it is free for the 150 years of Canada. The best past of my trip to Hamilton
  • July 1, 2017
    Reclaiming the waterfront is a work in progress. Went for the 150th celebrations today. They said 11 tall ships only 3 were there. But later on another two came into port. Fences everywhere have to walk around them without any signs or directions. I suggest going as far down discovery drive as possible before parking. Still everything was free. Happy 150th Canada!

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