The Naval Museum of Alberta: (ALB) The museum in Calgary, exhibits a collection of naval artifacts including three RCN fighter aircraft which flew on the decks of HMCS Warrior, Magnificent, and Bonaventure.
Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre: (BC) The Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre in British Columbia was uniquely built in 1988 at a condemned fuel loading dock and former Chevron warehouse. The Museum consists of three pods -- buildings constructed on the dock -- where the visitors can simply walk through each one with exhibits ranging from the history of Cowichan Bay to boatbuilding techniques and restored marine engines. At the end of the dock, the offices, library, and boat building shop will be found.
Granville Island Model Ships Museum: (BC) The Granville Island Sportfishing and Model Ships Museum is an international collection of piscatory artifacts and is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of sportfishing throughout North America. The museum comprises over 5000 square feet of display area and contains over 50,000 items (and counting).
Maritime Museum of British Columbia: (BC) Bastion Square in Victoria, B.C., is the old courts building, now the maritime museums with a wide variety of exhibits and displays about the maritime history of Canada in the Pacific Northwest.
RV Ben Franklin: (BC) RV Ben Franklin, now at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, was built between 1966 and 1968 in Switzerland for deep ocean explorer Jacques Piccard and the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation. She was christened "America's largest submersible." Her namesake, American patriot and inventor Ben Franklin, was the first to map the Gulf Stream and gave it its name.
Royal British Columbia Provincial Museum: (BC) With a renewed commitment to research, education, and public involvement, the Royal British Columbia Museum at Victoria, British Columbia, explores and preserves British Columbia's cultural and natural heritage. Inspiring curiosity and wonder, the Museum shares its story with the world and maintains its place among the finest regional museums in North America. At the same time, technologies will enhance the Museum's exhibits and make our collections and research available to a new, global audience.
Samson V (Steamer) Maritime Museum: (BC) The museum is aboard the sternwheeler Samson V on the Fraser River where steamboating was the method of transportation.
Sunshine Coast Maritime Museum: (BC) The Maritime Museum is located in Gibson's Landing, British Columbia Canada, just down the lane from the famous "Molly's Reach" restaurant. We've brought together hundreds of interesting items reflecting the exciting maritime heritage of the Sunshine Coast.
Vancouver Maritime Museum: (BC) The Museum documents the cultural and material history of the generations of British Columbians who have drawn their livelihood from the sea. Its particular focus is on the Port of Vancouver--from the first explorers to enter our waters to today's international cruise ship facility. Adjoining the Museum is the St. Roch, the RCMP Arctic patrol ship that was the first ship to sail the Northwest Passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.
Lower Fort Garry: (MTB) Once an important outpost of the Hudson's Bay Company in Manitoba, the fort houses several recently built replicas of boats widely used by early traders.
Marine Museum of Manitoba: (MTB) The Marine Museum of Manitoba Inc. formally came into being in 1972 - 1973 in the City of Selkirk. Its aim at that time was, and still is, to gather ships, artifacts, and items relating to marine life, to tell the story of the development and the operation of marine life on Lake Winnipeg and the Red River. The period covered by the Museum's displays starts circa 1850 and continues to present day.
Naval Museum of Manitoba: (MTB) Young prairie men from Manitoba towns like Carmen, Portage, The Pas and Dauphin went out to join the Canadian Navy. Nobody could predict the connection between the flat prairies and a call to the sea, but once the war was over it was undeniable. The Naval Museum of Manitoba pertains to those Manitobans who have served with the Navy. Closed for refit, the museum will be open in September 1999. Look to this website for current information.
Albert County Museum: (NB) The Albert County Museum, established in New Brunswick, in 1960 to promote the history and heritage of Albert County and its people and is located at Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick. We hope that this site will provide a glimpse into the many artifacts and genealogical documents in our collection, as well as showcase many of the activities of the museum and other organizations in the area. We also hope that this site will be used for research on local history and on the genealogy of the original families who settled this area.
New Brunswick Museum: (NB) The New Brunswick Museum at Saint John, will be viewed as an important "must see" natural and cultural heritage attraction offering high quality, unique, diverse, and relevant learning opportunities for all New Brunswickers and tourists through: well managed and accessible collections; research activities; print materials and audiovisual programming; interactive exhibitions; public programs; and outreach programs.
Maritime History Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland: (NFLD) Located at St. John's, Newfoundland, the Maritime History Archive collects and preserves original documents and copies of documents relating to the history of sea based activities in the North Atlantic region including researching ships and seafarers, researching genealogy and family history, reference, access and reproduction of documents and Principal Records of British Shipping and Seamen and their locations.
The Newfoundland Museum: (NFLD) At the Main Branch, St. John's, Explore the many fascinating aspects of the past at Newfoundland and Labrador at this, the main brain of the Provincial Museum.
Age of Sail Museum:(NS) The Age of Sail Museum, in Port Greville, Nova Scotia, is housed in a building that was opened in 1994. The Museum houses the extensive artifacts, displays, and computer geneology archives for the Centre. The displays include area artifacts, multimedia displays, hands on exhibits.
Archelaus Smith Museum: (NS) The Archelaus Smith Museum is located at Clark's Harbour, Nova Scotia. Because of its position along the shipping lanes between European and United States ports, Cape Sable Island, with its outlying ledges, was known and feared by early seamen. Due to the nearness of the rich fishing grounds, the Island served, in the late 1700's, as a base for those New England fishermen who found it convenient to come in the spring, fish during the summer, and return home in the fall. A visit will explain the maritime history of this important area.
Dory Shop, The: (NS) Established in 1880 in Nova Scotia, the Dory Shop workers built thousands of dories which were shipped all over the world. Today, the shop still functions under the operation of the Shelburne Historical Society.
Dory Shop – Shelburne: (NS) The Dory Shop, also known as the John Williams Dory Shop, was originally established in 1880 as part of the dory-building industry, which, at one time, included at least seven shops along the Shelburne waterfront.
Fisherman's Life Museum: (NS) This modest house in Jeddore Oyster Ponds is a typical Nova Scotian inshore fisherman's house of the early 1900s. The house has been refurnished with the ordinary things of rural living from Nova Scotia fishing communities.
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic: (NS) The, founded in 1967, has a collection that includes the Theresa E. Conner, built in 1938, the last of the salt- banking schooners to operate out of Lunenburg, and the Cape Sable , built in 1962, one of the fresh fish draggers of the Lunenburg fishing fleet.
HMCS FRASER (DDE-233 (later DDH-233): ( NS) HMCS FRASER is the last surviving ship of the St. Laurent-class destroyer escorts. The seven ships of the class represented the Royal Canadian Navys most successful design of ships specifically tailored to the requirements of Canada's NATO tasking. When first operational, they were known as the "Cadillacs" of the NATO fleet. Their unusual underwater surface and rounded hulls allowed them to actively hunt submarines at speeds of up to 18 knots, in any weather or sea condition. They were each converted to carry a helicopter housed in a fully enclosed hangar. FRASER was towed to her new home of Bridgewater, 10 miles upriver from the Atlantic, on December 18, 1997. She is the cornerstone of a marina and coastal cruise liner port development project on the Bridgewater waterfront.
HMCS Sackville — The Last Corvette: (NS) HMCS Sackville was one of more than 120 corvettes built in Canada during the Second World War. Now she rests at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site: (NS) The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site maintains extensive information on the past and present ships of Canadian Navy, including ensigns, colours, ships plaques, photographic archives, uniforms, ships' logs. Just about anything relating to Canadian Navy can be found with help from curators.
La Have Island Marine Museum: (NS) The La Have Island Marine Museum, founded in 1972, was previously a church and now houses a collection of marine artifacts.
Lawrence House: (NS) The, established as a museum in 1967, is located in the home of William D. Lawrence, designer and builder of the largest three-masted ship in Canada.
Louisbourg Marine Museum: (NS) The ocean embraces a rich world that, for the most part, remains hidden from our eyes by the restless surface of its water. It's a world full of secrets into which the Atlantic Statiquarium Marine Museum will give you a glimpse.
Mahone Bay Wooden Boat Festival: (NS) Welcome to the Mahone Bay Wooden Boat Festival in Nova Scotia.. Now in its 18th year, Canada's largest wooden boat festival offers something for everyone, and all with no admission charge. For the serious wooden boat enthusiast, there are hands-on workshops covering many aspects of boatbuilding, repair and restoration. In addition, there are exhibits and judging of classic boats, both in the water and on the wharf, as well as related nautical displays. On the water, small craft races take place twice per day, and the Classic Boat Race offers a chance for the larger boats to compete.
Maritime Command Museum: (NOVA SCOTIA) Founded in 1974, the Maritime Command Museum is located in Admiralty House, which was built between 1814 and 1818. This Georgian style house first served as the official residence of the Commander in Chief of the British North American Station.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic: (NS) Maritime Museum of the Atlantic: (Nova Scotia) Learn how the sea played a major role in Nova Scotian life at Canada's largest and oldest marine museum with six galleries, a restored 1890s ship chanderly and the 1913 chart making steamship, CSS Acadia
Ottawa House by-the-Sea: (NS) Original Partridge Island settlement. Once an inn, the house was built more than 200 years ago by James Ratchford, a prominent trader in the early history of Parrsboro.
Queens County Museum: (NS) The Queens County Museum at Liverpool, Nova Scotia, was built in 1980. It is a vibrant and enduring testimonial to the cultural history and fabric of Queens County. In the main gallery you will find exhibits on Early Peoples with a variety of Mi'kmaq artifacts and stone drawings. You will also discover exhibits on Forestry, Ship building, and Privateering and one that both adults and children alike love to come and see, our Railway Exhibit, representing the good old rail in the 1930's and 40's.
St. Peters Canal: (NS) With a steadily increasing volume of shipping, plans were soon made to replace the old portage road with a navigation channel -- The St. Peters Canal. The first feasibility study was commissioned in 1825, and work on the canal began in 1854. A passage about 800 m (2600 ft.) long was cut through the narrowest point of land. After 15 years of digging, blasting and drilling, an opening averaging 30 m (100 ft.) wide had been cut through a solid granite hill 20 m (66 ft.) high. This passage was shored up with timbers and planking. Locks were then installed and the canal finally became a reality in 1869. Additions and renovations, widening the channel and lengthening the locks, continued until 1917. In 1985, Parks Canada completed a major project to restore both the Bras d'Or Lake and the Atlantic Ocean entrances to the canal. All kinds of pleasure craft now use the canal during the summer: canoes, schooners and power cruisers. Only occasionally does a commercial vessel pass through these locks that once were so vital to communication and the economy of Cape Breton Island.
Settler's Museum: (NS) The, founded in 1978, contains a collection of materials used by first settlers of the district.
Yarmouth County Museum in Yarmouth: (NS) While the Yarmouth County Museum in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, we are a general history museum dealing with Yarmouth County our collection leads many visitors to consider us as a maritime museum. We have Canada's third largest collection of ship portraits -- some 130 paintings. These are from artists around the world -- places where Yarmouth sailing vessels visited in the late 1800's. These ports include: New York, Mobile, Al, London, Liverpool, Cardiff, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Antwerp, LeHavre, Leghorn, Glasgow, Sydney (Aust.), Hong Kong, Shanghai, Ceylon (not a port but...), etc. We also have collections of ship models, navigating instruments, awards to Yarmouth masters, charts, etc., etc. Our archival collection includes registers, ships papers, charterparties, logbooks, letters pertaining to life at sea, ship photos, captains' photos, etc.
Archives and Collections Society: (ONT) The Archives and Collections Society in Ontario is dedicated to maritime history and conservation, marine research and nautical education. We have thousands of maritime and nautical documents, books, images, charts, magazines, sound and video recordings and provide comprehensive marine and nautical research capability.
Assiginack Historical Museum and SS Norisle Heritage Park: (ONT) The Assiginack Historical Museum, founded in 1955, is housed in what was once a jail, built in 1878, and contains general displays of marine historical interest.
Atlantic Challenge: (ONT) We are an international experiential education organization based in Midland, Ontario, Canada, operating in eight nations. Atlantic Challenge programs practice, share, and encourage the rise of the skills of the sea including boat building, sailing, rowing, and seamanship. Its activities bring youth together with the intent of fostering cultural and global understanding, personal development through challenge, and education about our rich maritime heritage. To date these programs have been hosted in New York -'86, Douarnenez, France - '88, Roskilde - Denmark - 90, Brest, France - 92, Penetang, Canada - '94, and Bantry, Ireland - 96, Roskilde - Denmark - 98
The Bounty : (ONT) Come sail on the replica of the famous 18th century tall ship built by MGM studios for Mutiny on the Bounty.
Bytown Museum: (ONT) The Bytown Museum is housed in Ottawa's oldest stone building, the Commissariat of Lt. Col. John By, Royal Engineers right along the Rideau Canals famous eight locks in downtown Ottawa. Built in 1827, the Commissariat was the treasury and a storehouse during the building of the Rideau Canal.
Canoe Museum: (ONT) Developed in cooperation with the Royal Ontario Museum, Sir Sandford Fleming College, Peterborough Centennial Museum, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, the Canadian Canoe Museum, in Peterborough, Ontario, features the largest collection of canoes and kayaks in the world.
Discovery Harbour: (ONT) Ontario's Leading Marine Heritage Site, Discovery Harbour traces its roots back to the original Penetanguishene British naval and military base built as a result of the War of 1812 to safeguard access to Upper Canada. Originally titled "His Majesty's Naval Establishment on Lake Huron," the base was an important strategic location to keep ships in a state of readiness and to supply British posts to the northwest. By 1820 the establishment was home to over 70 people, including sailors, officers, shipwrights, and soldiers. Five large ships, fifteen smaller vessels, and numerous workshops and dwellings were constructed.
Fathom Five National Marine Park: (ONT) Water, clear-cold water encompasses an unspoiled archipelago. This is Fathom Five at Tobermory, Ontario, Canadas first national marine park. Historically known as the Tobermory Islands area, the treacherous waters at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula have claimed many ships. Their remains are found here to this day. This unique national marine park introduces visitors to the exciting educational and recreational opportunities that can be experienced in an aquatic environment.
HMCS Haida: (ONT) The last remaining example of the 27 Tribal Class destroyers built for the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy between 1937 and 1945 is berthed in Toronto.
Hamilton-Scourge Project: (ONT) Long before the sinking of the Titanic, two American schooners, the HAMILTON and the SCOURGE, capsized in Lake Ontario in 1813. Using first-hand accounts and sonar technology, these wrecks have been found and investigated. Come visit the wrecks, learn about underwater archaeology, and step back in time to the War of 1812.
Hamilton Ships Company of 1812: (ONT) The Hamilton Ships Company of 1812 in Ontario, grew out of local interest in the naval history of the Great Lakes during the War of 1812. The Company provides training and work experiences in skills related to the construction of tall ships that were constructed over 150 years ago.
Huronia Museum and Huron Indian Village: (ONT) The maritime focus of Huronia Museum is on the history of transportation on Georgian Bay as part of the Great Lakes system. It contains artifacts and objects relating to the shipwrecks of the southeastern part of Georgian Bay.
Lockmaster's House Museum: (ONT) For over a century, steamers passed through the lock gates at Chaffey's Lock towing barges loaded with cordwood, cheese and grain. The 1872 stone stone gristmill located here was the commercial hub of the surrounding countryside. The Lockmaster's House Museum interprets canal life in years gone by of those men and women who settled the shores of the Rideau Lakes and along the canal that runs from Kingston to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Marine Museum of the Great Lakes (ONT) Kingston’s waterfront marine heritage offers the family and marine enthusiasts a chance to reflect on the history of shipping on the Great Lakes in Ontario. The site contains: exhibits, galleries, historic equipment, blacksmith shop, gift shop, library and archives; 3,000-ton icebreaker Alexander Henry, shipyard dry dock, and bed and breakfast service.
Mariners' Park Museum: (ONT) Mariners' Park Museum, at Mariners' Lighthouse Park overlooking South Bay, Prince Edward County, is a significant marine museum in the Province of Ontario. It's mandate is the preservation and interpretation of the significant maritime history of Prince Edward County and the Province of Ontario, and to help visitors rediscover their rich maritime heritage and that wonderful pioneering spirit which enabled commerce in this developing new country to be conducted in a human and meaningful way. It does this by exciting new displays using photographs and aretifacts, evidence of the lives of those who sailed the lakes, or seas, or, as fishermen, sought to wrest a living from the nearby waters. The museum portrays how local families and their work were affected by the waters around the county.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes: (ONT) The Maritime History of the Great Lakes website is an ongoing experiment in the design of a "digital library", a collection of documents intended to be of value to those researching Great Lakes History.
Merrickville Blockhouse Museum: (ONT) The Merrickville Blockhouse Museum, built in 1832 by Lt. Colonel By as a defence for the Rideau Canal; the Museum opened in 1980. The largest blockhouse of four built along the canal was constructed to protect the lock station from attack and to provide storage for arms and ammunition. It also served as a barracks for 50 men.
Mississagi Strait Lighthouse Museum: (ONT) The Mississagi Strait Lighthouse, built in 1874 and opened as a Museum in 1972, was furnished as the dwelling of a lighthouse keeper and now maintains local history displays.
Museum Ship Norgoma: (ONT) "Owen Sound to Sault Ste. Marie stopping at Killarney, Little Current, Gore Bay, Meldrum Bay, Cockburn Island, Thessalon, Hilton Beach, and Richards Landing..." That may sound like a railway station announcement, but in fact it was the route of the steamship NORGOMA. The NORGOMA was the last of a long line of passenger and freight vessels which were the "life line" of the North Channel communities along the "Turkey Trail." The early settlers at Sault Ste. Marie and along the north shore of Lake Huron were dependent on the regular visits of the NORGOMA and her predecessors. Paddle, sail, steam, and diesel power all served their day. The NORGOMA is dedicated to preserving the rich marine heritage responsible for the exploration, survival, and development of Ontario's north.
Muskoka Lakes Museum: (ONT) On September 9th, 1961, the Port Carling Historical Society was born at the cottage of Marion Catto on the Indian River, and with it were planted the seeds of Mrs. Catto's dream to have a pioneer museum in Port Carling -- a museum that would preserve the past history of the area, serve the community and provide a tourist attraction. The plans included a log cabin to display pioneer objects, a structure for the marine exhibits, with space for a room to house Victorian furnishings and a teepee for Indian artifacts.
Nancy Island Historic Site: (ONT) Nancy Island Historic Site, founded in 1928, provides a vital moment in history. It is here that the story of the Schooner Nancy is told.
Old Fort William: (ONT) Old Fort William at Thunder Bay, is a provincially-funded historic site operated by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. Through its living history program, the Fort depicts the fur trade activities of the North West Company at Old Fort William, inland headquarters and site of the Company's annual Rendezvous from 1803-1821.
Ontario Science Centre: (ONT) The Centre's Hall of Transportation explores the gamut of our ways and means of moving about the earth on boats.
Owen Sound Marine & Rail Museum: (ONT) Officially opened in 1985, The Marine and Rail Museum explains the role each industry played in shaping the area's economic history. The Museum's collection includes scale models of ships, steamers, trains, a dugout canoe, shipbuilding tools, marine and railway uniforms, various flags and many other items relating to the area's marine and rail past.
Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives: (ONT) Since 1897, the Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives has been housed in Ontario,several locations. A re-birth began in the late 1960's. A new, modern museum facility emerged as the culmination of a Community Centennial project. On October 28, 1967 the Peterborough Centennial Museum was officially opening at the present facility on Armour Hill.
Peterborough Hydraulic Lift Lock & Visitor Center: (ONT) The Peterborough Hydraulic Lift Lock was built between 1896 and 1904 on the Trent-Severn Waterway, which meanders 240 miles (386 kms) across Central Ontario, linking the Bay of Quinte (Trenton) with Georgian Bay to the west. The concrete and steel monolith slowly emerged.
The Pier Museum: (ONT) Located on the waterfront in the heart of the harbourfront district in Toronto, The Pier boasts of interactive exhibits spectacular ship models, rarehistorical artifacts including art, tools, and photographs. Early wooden boats and a newly enlarged Discovery Zone are available to all where kids and adults can play together exploring the technology and history of the harbour.
RMS Segwun: (ONT) The Steamship R.M.S Segwun was built in 1887 and has quite a history. The Segwun was used in the early days to transport passangers, mail and freight. R.M.S. Segwun means "Royal Mail Ship segwun". Today the ship is used for cruises in the Muskoka Lakes in Ontario on this Gravenhurst, Ontario vessel.
Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum: (ONT) The Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum, founded in 1974, is housed in a Georgian Revival-style home built in 1869. It exhibits artifacts pertaining to the early history of this area.
Rideau Canal Museum: (ONT) The Rideau Canal Museum is housed in a 19th century stone building which was once a mill: the Woods Mills Complex at Smiths Falls, Ontario. Inside, high-technology displays and a variety of artifacts bring to life the history of the canal - its construction from 1826 to 1832, its role throughout history, as well as the distinct lifestyle and folklore associated with the Rideau Waterway.
St. Catharines Museum: (ONT) The St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3, tell the Welland Canals story signifing nearly 200 years of engineering triumph in the commonwealth. William Hamiltom Merritt (1793-1862) led the construction of the first Welland Canal in the mid-1800's, enabling people and goods to navigate between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Today the Fourth Canal has a total of eight locks which function like giant steps over the Niagara Escarpment, by-passing Niagara Falls. The Welland Canal is part of the St. Lawrence Seaway System.
St. Lawrence Islands National Park/Brown's Bay Wreck: (ONT) St. Lawrence Islands at Mallorytown, Ontario, is the site of the preserved hull of a British gunboat from the War of 1812, raised from the St. Lawrence River near Mallorytown Landing in 1967. The Park library has historical data collected on the 1000 Islands including social histories of families of the area. Many settlers were United Empire Loyalists, and were granted lands for loyal service to Britain during the American Revolution.
Two cities face each other across the St. Marys River: both named Sault (Soo) Ste. Marie, one in Ontario and the other in Michigan. The St. Marys River's rapids were first discovered by Etienne Brule in 1622, and the first permanent mission was founded by Père Marquette in 1669. Since then, the area has become an important transportation center for Great Lakes traffic.
Toronto Port Authority Archives: (ONT) The Collection — Toronto's waterfront development — is documented by textual records, large holdings of photographs and plans, and by a library of published and unpublished books and reports and periodicals. One focus of the collection is port and airport planning, harbour development and coastal engineering. Another important aspect of our holdings is property management. We have an excellent selection of photographs illustrating amusements and recreation: everything from Sunnyside to the Wrigley marathon swims. Access to the records is facilitated by use of our on-line databases and optical disk technology.
Trent-Severn Waterway: (ONT) The 386 kilometre Trent-Severn waterway is located in the heart of central Ontario, connected by lakes, rivers and canals connects Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay. The Waterway attracts thousands of visitors annually from all over the world.
Welland Historical Museum: (ONT) The Welland Historical Museum is a non-profit community museum run by a volunteer Board of Directors. It is sponsored, in part, by the City of Welland, the Ministry of Culture and Communications and by support of its members. Located in the centre of the Niagara Peninsula, the museum occupies a 1914 school alongside Welland's recreational waterway and canal-side park.
Basin Head Fisheries Museum: (PEI) The Basin Head Fisheries Museum in a former fishing port, founded in 1973, tells the story of the inshore fishery and inshore fishermen.
Green Park Shipbuilding Museum: (PEI) Green Park Shipbuilding Museum traces the history of the local once mighty shipbuilding industry and offers visitors a glimpse of a by-gone era through the restored Victorian rooms of the Historic Yeo House. Located in Port Hill, (near Tyne Valley in Prince County, Prince Edward Island), Green Park was the home and site of a shipyard owned and operated by James Yeo who was considered to be the richest and most influential man in the colony. He was a landowner and politician, but his wealth was a merchant, a founded on shipbuilding. Green Park invites you to explore the Island's shipbuilding industry during its Golden Age.
Bernier Maritime Museum: (QBC) Founded in 1968, the mission of the Musée Maritime du Québec Inc. is to safeguard, study, and promote the maritime heritage of the St. Lawrence River, from its entry point to the Great Lakes to the high seas including the Arctic territories.
Cartier-Brébeuf National Historical Park: (QBC) The Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site in Québec commemorates the period in 1535-1536 when Jacques Cartier and his shipmates wintered near the Iroquoian village of Stadacona. This National Site also recalls the establishment of the first residence of the Jesuit missionaries in Québec, in 1625-1626. Located on the north shore of the Saint-Charles River, in the heart of Québec, the site stands as a reminder of the meeting of two cultures, one European, the other Amerindian, and uses a variety of approaches to bring out the heritage values associated with this event. In particular, the site features an exhibit on the three voyages of the explorer Jacques Cartier, an Amerindian longhouse, and a number of monuments, one of which represents the figures of Jacques Cartier and the great chief Donnacona of Stadacona.
Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site: (QBC) Coteau-du-Lac was a strategic gateway from the days of the nomadic Indian tribes to the 19th century. It is situated on the north side of the St. Lawrence River. In the early 1800s, to avoid the turbulent rapids which blocked the ascent of people and supplies to the West and the Great Lakes, the first lock canal in North America was built at the point of Coteau-du-Lac in 1780, where the Delisle and St. Lawrence Rivers meet. It is remarkable in its short length and simple design.
Grosse Isle and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site: (QBC) Grosse Isle and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site commemorates the importance of immigration to Canada, particularly via the port of entry of Québec, from the early 19th century to the First World War. The Irish Memorial also commemorates the tragic events experienced by the Irish immigrants on this site, primaliry during the typhoid epidemic of 1847. The observance on this site is also based on the role the island played from 1832-1937 as a quarantine station for the Port of Québec, long the main port of arrival for immigrants to Canada. The Historic Site was twinned on May 25, 1998 with the National Famine Museum of Strokestown Park in Ireland. Even if seperated by thousands of kilometres, these two heritage sites tell, in their own way, the same story; Grosse Isle, land of hope for thousands of Irish immigrants who left their native land.
Musée de la mer: (QBC) The Musée de la mer, at Pointe-au-Père, Québec, presents the history of the passenger ship Empress of Ireland from its construction, in 1906 until its sinking on the 29th of May 1914. This disaster which had 1,012 victims is the biggest Maritime disaster in Canada. Pointe-au-Père was, for the longest time, one of the most important centers for aide to navigation in Canada. Between 1859 and 1959, at this site, a Pilot Station was in operation, also a quarantine bureau, a Marconi Telegraph Office, and four (4) Lighthouses were constructed. Today, the Museum is a major tourist attraction in the Lower St. Lawrence region. A new exposition presents the history of the ship. You will discover a collection of artifacts from the wreck, eyewitness accounts and many under water shots of the wreck. There is also a 3D projection presentation of the last voyage of the Empress of Ireland. Come visit the Musée de la mer situated on the Pointe-au-Pèr e Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada.
Carcross Community School: (YUK) The Carcross Community School website is the product of an elementary school in the Yukon Territory of Canada. The page focuses on Yukon steamboats and local history -- a great effort of the younger generation.