You've played Battleship but have you ever been on one? Here's your chance. Go aboard the HMCS Haida National Historic Site, the last remaining Tribal Class destroyer of the Second World War. Feel free to roam below deck or take in the bird's eye view from the open bridge, always remembering those who served.
Visit the Last Remaining Tribal Class Destroyer of the Second World War
The HMCS Haida was a Tribal Class destroyer that served heroically for Canada during the Second World War and after. Her first missions were to protect convoys to Russia above the Arctic Circle. Later, she participated in D-Day and was in the English Channel when her sister ship, Athabaskan, was sunk by a torpedo. Haida chased the enemy destroyers, driving one onto the shore and the other one away. Then she returned to rescue survivors of the Athabaskan. During the war 13 of the 27 Tribal Class destroyers were sunk.
Lucky Haida only lost 2 men in her entire career. Thirteen more of her sister ships were later scrapped but Haida continued to serve after the war. She is now the only one of her kind left. Many Canadian heroes served on ships like the Haida. Experience what it was like to walk her decks, to live aboard a destroyer and then see the engines that propelled her the equivalent distance of 27 round-the-world trips.
How much time will I need?
- About 1 hour
Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?
- No special equipment is needed, just make sure to bring a camera.
Is this activity free?
When's the best time to do this?
- Daytime from mid-May to early September