Naval museums and historic sites

Telling Canada’s heroic stories of the sea

HMCS Sackville circa 1942

HMCS Sackville circa 1942

Learn about the Royal Canadian Navy’s important role in shaping this country, its sacrifices in battle and its proud contribution to global security and prosperity.

When you visit one of the five naval museums, you can read about a battle, discover historic artefacts, including anchors and weapons systems, or explore vast archival holdings. The Navy’s museums are yours to discover.

You can also visit each of the coasts’ maritime museums to learn more about the Navy’s influence on local maritime economy and culture, or the Canadian War Museum to see national displays on the RCN, including its role in the Battle of the Atlantic.

The RCN is also celebrated through a number of historical sites and memorials, including HMCS Haida, which celebrates the exploits of one of the proudest RCN ships of the Second World War, or HMCS Sackville, the last of Canada’s 123 Corvettes, that bravely escorted vessels during the Second World War and which now serves as Canada’s official Naval memorial.

For online and printed documents related to Canada’s naval history, you may be interested in visiting The Naval Marine Archive, which offers free entry to the public. Here you will find a collection of magazines, books, charts, models, paintings, ship designs and other published works.

Talk to the curator or one of the many volunteers who make this network of museums and historic sites possible. They all have a few stories to tell.

Naval museums

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum
PO Box 17000, Stn Forces
Victoria BC V9A 7N2

Telephone: 1-250-363-4312

Maritime Command Museum Naval Museum of Halifax
Admiralty House, CFB Halifax
2725 Gottigen Street
Halifax NS B3K 5X5

Telephone: 1-902-721-8250
Email: marcommuseum@forces.gc.ca

The Naval Museum of Alberta
4520 Crowchild Trail South West
Calgary AB T2T 5J4

Telephone: 1-403-410-2340 ext 2640
Email: nma@themilitarymuseums.ca

The Naval Museum of Manitoba
1 Navy Way
Winnipeg MB R3C 4J7

Telephone: 1-204-943-7745 ext. 3294
Email: curator@naval-museum.mb.ca

The Naval Museum of Quebec
Achille-Pettigrew Building
170 Dalhousie Street
Québec QC G1K 8M7

Telephone: 1-418-694-5387
Email: info@museenavaldequebec.com

Maritime museums

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
1675 Lower Water Street
Halifax NS B3J 1S3

Telephone: 1-902-424-7490

The Maritime Museum of British Columbia
634 Humboldt Street
Victoria BC V8W 1A6

Telephone: 1-250-385-4222
Email: info@mmbc.bc.ca