HMCS Haida National Historic Site, Hamilton

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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 Burlington, use our Burlington trip planner .
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HMCS Haida National Historic Site Reviews
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  • My fiancé and I went to this place since we got our free "Parks Canada Pass." We tried the self guided tour and it took us 1.5 hours. It was really awesome and I recommend to bring your friends and fa...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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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Along Lakeshore Road, which straddles the lake and borders the city center and the pleasant Spencer Smith Park, you can choose from a handful of pleasant mid-range hotels offering all the basic amenities. If you're just transiting through Burlington or looking for a convenient location from which to commute to nearby Hamilton, go north of the center to Queen Elizabeth Way. Here, you'll find a collection of standards motels and motor inns providing a comfortable night's sleep.
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