Canadian Military Museums

Canadian Armed Forces Museums Directory

The Military Museum of Calgary

The Military Museums of Calgary, Alberta is the largest tri-service museum in Western Canada and the second largest military museum in the country.

The Military Museums is home to eight separate museums including the Naval, Army and Air Force Museums of Alberta, the Air Force Cold War Museum, the four museums of the founding regiments, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), The King’s Own Calgary Regiment and The Calgary Highlanders. It also includes the UCalgary Founders’ Gallery and Library & Archives.


This photo captures the feel of the museum display on the “Birth of a Navy”. It even has a barrel for the issue of grog (rum) with the expression; “The Queen – God Bless Her” in brass lettering.

 Dedicated to preserving Canada’s naval heritage, the Vancouver Naval Museum is located on the second floor of Building #3, Chiefs and P.O.s Mess at HMCS Discovery (Deadman’s Island), 1200 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.


The Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum is located at Naden on CFB Esquimalt, west of Victoria, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

The museum’s goal is to collect, preserve, interpret and display the history and heritage of the naval presence on Canada’s West Coast, and of the military on Southern Vancouver Island.  The museum exhibits focus on four distinct military groups that have made an impact on Canada’s history and left a lasting heritage:

Canada’s Navy on the West Coast
Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC)
Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS)
The West Coast Defences

In addition to exhibits and displays, the museum houses an expanding archive and library that includes thousands of photographs and documents, histories of Canadian naval vessels, navigation charts, biographies of important leaders in the Royal Canadian Navy, ship plans, and copies of the Navy List.