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The history of Canada's Navy & Military on Canada's west coast

Welcome to the CFB Esquimalt Navy & Military Museum

Welcome to the CFB Esquimalt Navy & Military Museum

Welcome to the 

CFB Esquimalt 

Naval & Military Museum

The Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum is located at Naden on Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, in the city of Victoria, which is situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, in the province of British Columbia, Canada.

Canada Navy deep sea diving helmet WW2The 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

1910 This turn of the century deep-sea diving helmet was a critical tool in the maintenance of military equipment installed across the unruly underwater terrain of the the Pacific Ocean.

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.

1918 Before computers, to calculate distances and elevations the Navy used optical range finders like the one we have on display at our museum.