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Visiting the HMCS Haida #ParksCanada

HMCS Haida | Welcome To The Zoo

photo credit: Noah Elford

This past weekend, we toured a war ship!  HMCS Haida | Welcome To The Zoo

The HMCS Haida is the last of the Tribal-class Destroyers that served from 1943 to 1963, and it’s now located in Hamilton, Ontario.  Not only is it a fascinating piece of history, it’s a really cool ship to explore.  It served in the Arctic, the English Channel, Normandy, Biscay, and even Korea.

HMCS Haida | Welcome To The Zoo

The Haida has been designated as a National Historic Site, so we were able to visit for free with our Parks Canada Discovery Pass, which is good all the way through 2017!

HMCS Haida | Welcome To The Zoo

We were able to explore the various living, sleeping and eating areas on the ship, see the artillery and weapons, walk along the catwalks, and peer out of the portholes at the harbour.

HMCS Haida | Welcome To The Zoo

HMCS Haida | Welcome To The Zoo

The kids were intrigued by the bridge, which was smaller than we thought it should be.  It also didn’t have a roof to protect the Captain and Seamen from the elements.  At the other end of the ship, we discovered the secondary command and got to try out the Ship’s Wheel.

HMCS Haida | Welcome To The Zoo

The close quarters were hard to wrap our minds around.  I’m not sure I’d want to live in confined spaces like this for very long!

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When you visit, don’t forget to ask for an Explorer’s Activity Book!  After completing at least 3 activities while touring the Haida, your child will receive a medallion.  We love this program because it’s really engaging for younger ones especially.

HMCS Haida | Welcome To The Zoo HMCS Haida | Welcome To The Zoo

Have you visited a Parks Canada National Park this summer?  Tell me about it in the comments below!

*I received compensation for this post, but as always, my opinions are totally my own!

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Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!


  1. Rachael

    Looks like fun! Great pictures 🙂
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  2. Marie

    Love this! love the history here! We love doing things like this when we visit places too!
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  3. Mihaela Echols

    Great idea to do with the family! History hands on.

  4. Elizabeth Marshall

    How much fun! I love getting to see interesting history like that. It looks like you had a great time. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Tara

    My kids would love this. Looks like a fun trip!
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  6. Sarah Jane

    kThis is great! I love getting ideas of places to go sight see. I’ll keep this in mind the next time we go to Canada.
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  7. Kay

    Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing! Looks like a great trip!

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