Wednesday, February 21, 2024

HMCS Haida celebrates 80 years with plenty of events at Pier 9 planned

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This year the HMCS Haida turns 80 and to celebrate there are plenty of events planned for the summer to pay homage to the monument of Canadian history.

The HMCS Haida was commissioned in 1943 and spent 20 years in the Navy, serving in the Second World War, the Korean War and the Cold War.

In 1963 the ship was paid off and was supposed to be scrapped but a group of retired Naval officers fought for it to be kept and is now an important symbol for people to visit. It became part of the Hamiton waterfront in 2004.

Emily Vukoivc went aboard the Haida to look around and got to see how it has been fully restored to show what life would have been like on the ship back in the day.

The 80th birthday weekend is August 26-27th, but the Haida opens to visitors for the season tomorrow.

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