HMCS Haida

HMCS Haida in Hamilton, ON
HMCS Haida in Hamilton, ON
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Deck mounted torpedos
Deck mounted torpedos
Transmitting Room
Transmitting Room
Ammunition Ramps
Ammunition Ramps
Primary Radio Room
Primary Radio Room
4 inch deck guns
4 inch deck guns
Ships Badge
Ships Badge
View from the bridge
View from the bridge
Look, a red button
Look, a red button
climbing all over a destroyer, yeah, I felt like a kid
climbing all over a destroyer, yeah, I felt like a kid
from the bridge
from the bridge
anti-aircraft
anti-aircraft
secondary controls, let's take this baby out
secondary controls, let's take this baby out
3 inch radar controlled deck guns
3 inch radar controlled deck guns
Squid Anti-Submarine Mortars
Squid Anti-Submarine Mortars
Squid Ammunition Lift
Squid Ammunition Lift
Officers Area
Officers Area
Service Record Highlights
Service Record Highlights
Down to the Engineering Deck
Down to the Engineering Deck
Radio Room 2...Ham Radio Geekery
Radio Room 2...Ham Radio Geekery
Engine Room Access, oh yeah, we are climbing down there
Engine Room Access, oh yeah, we are climbing down there
Engine Room
Engine Room
More Engine Room
More Engine Room
Jen with her official service badge
Jen with her official service badge
Up to the captains quarters and navigation
Up to the captains quarters and navigation
Rear 3 inch radar controlled deck guns
Rear 3 inch radar controlled deck guns

Looking for something to do in route to Niagara Falls, I found a suggestion on TripAdvisor for the HMCS Haida, a WWII era Tribal Class Destroyer used by the Canadian Navy. The self-guided tour is very informative, and allows you to access many areas of the ship, including the bridge and engine room. We arrived later in the afternoon and had about 90 minutes before the museum closed for the afternoon, so we rushed through a few areas. Allowing for a couple of hours or more would be a better choice. The ship is in very good condition, and it was a lot of fun to walk along the catwalks and climb ladders through the bulkheads. Admission was less then $10 for both of this, making this a great side trip on the way to Niagara. 10 out of 10, would definitely visit again. Photo credits Jennifer Szczublewski.