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HMCS Haida National Historic Site

Address: 658 Catharine Street North | Pier 9, Hamilton, Ontario L8L 8B4, Canada
Phone Number: 905-526-6742
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Ranked #2 of 69 Attractions in Hamilton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Military Museums, Ships, Specialty Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This WWII Tribal Class destroyer is now a floating memorial and naval museum.
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Type: Historic Sites, Military Museums, Ships, Specialty Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This WWII Tribal Class destroyer is now a floating memorial and naval museum.

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Hamilton
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69 reviews 69 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The working life on HMCS Haida has been preserved in time and is an excellent show of our naval past. There are narrow passages but it has been preserved to show what life on the ship was in actuality. The staff were great with in-depth descriptions for any questions. It is an excellent place to visit for any age. We... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Good access to a well preserved Canadian Warship. Inside presentations very professional and guide very helpful. Good experience for young and old.

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Hamilton, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

If you want to check out a piece of Canadian history then this attraction is a must see. This was an excellent way to spend a couple of hours. The ship is set up like it would have been when it was in service. The kids really enjoyed exploring and discovering different rooms on board.

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Cambridge, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The integrity of working life on HMCS Haida has been preserved in time and is an excellent representation of our naval heritage. As other posters have noted, the composition of the ship is metal and is slippery when wet. There are narrow passages but it has been preserved to show what life on the ship was in actuality. The staff... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This museum is a beautiful tribute to the tribal class ships of World War II. It is beautifully maintained and true to its era. It is a little difficult to navigate if you are not "sure-footed" and is best seen in dry weather as it is completely metal. It is very easy to slip back in time when visiting this... More 

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New Westminster, Canada
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15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

HMCS Haida is well preserved. I just wish we had had the foresight to save more examples of our naval heritage. I don't know if our experience was unique ( I suspect not ) but it was memorable in several ways. We arrived a few days after Thanksgiving to discover the site was closed for the season but were told... More 

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Brampton, Ontario
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We took our grandchildren during a work day in October. Parking access was ample and there are washrooms available before you get on the ship. The washrooms look like portables but have flush toilets and enough room to move around. There are activities for children (scavenger hunt etc.) and prizes at the end to keep them interested. The staff was... More 

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Harrow, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Really enjoyed exploring the destroyer. The staff and volunteers very helpful. Spent about an hour and half on it and still didn't see everything. Will come back next time in Hamilton.

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Toronto, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We spent beautiful day on the destroyer, learning a lot about Canadian Navy history, HAIDA history, the destroyer structure, the sailor's live. Kids enjoyed exploring the vessel and finding different aspects of daily live on a ship and some aspects of warfare. A must see place.

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Hamilton, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Great place to spend a few hours, chat with the staff, squeeze through the tight spaces and wander around on a real war ship.

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