The following information is intended to help visitors better prepare for their visit.
Accessibility and Safety
Exploring the ship can be physically challenging, and involves climbing stairs, vertical ladders, narrow cat-walks, and moving through hatches.
We ask that visitors walk with care as decks are uneven, contain obstacles, and are slippery when wet.
Ladders and spaces
Face all ladders going up and down, and be mindful of low clearances overhead.
Please note that wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers are not permitted aboard due to obstacles on decks and narrow passageways.
Families with small children
Parents of young children are encouraged to use a baby carrier and must keep young children close at hand and supervised at all times.
Main Deck Accessibility
While exploring the various decks of the ship can be challenging, visitors who do not wish to climb ladders may still see much of the ship by using one set of stairs installed on board.
For the safety of our visitors, closed-toed, active footwear is recommended.
Pants or shorts are also recommended for visitors who choose to climb ladders.
Dogs and Pets
For the safety of our staff and visitors, and for respect of HMCS Haida as a cultural resource, pets are not permitted to board HMCS Haida. All pets must remain on the grounds of the jetty and must be accompanied, kept on-leash, and under care and control at all times.
Do not leave pets unattended in your vehicle.
Parks Canada appreciates the cooperation of visitors so that we can all safely enjoy our shared spaces.
Licensed service animals are permitted on board.
Heat and Inclement Weather
In the summer months, HMCS Haida can heat up to uncomfortable temperatures. Staff will alert visitors to on-board temperatures and the ship may close in extreme heat situations. Visitors are encouraged to bring water, take frequent breaks in the shade, and wear protective sunscreen.
In the event of a thunderstorm or severe weather, visitors will be alerted. For the safety of staff and visitors, the ship will be cleared and visitors asked to seek shelter in vehicles or off-site. Ticket sales will resume once it is safe to do so.
Visitors can park free of charge in the parking lot of HMCS Haida National Historic Site. Spaces are limited. Visitors may also access additional parking on City of Hamilton property in the area. Due to limited parking spaces on site, visitors are asked to only use the parking lot for the time they are on site.
Four parking spaces with electric charging stations are available on a first come, first served basis.
Image and info courtesy of Parks Canada
Please note: the parking lot is closed and locked at 5 pm during the operating season. Do not leave the site without your vehicle