HMCS Haida Management Plan

November 29, 2011 - The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, recently tabled in Parliament the management plan for HMCS Haida National Historic Site of Canada, located in Hamilton, Ontario.

HMCS Haida is part of a system of over 900 national historic sites which speak to the full range of the Canadian experience. Within the National Historic Sites System Plan, Haida is used to foster a greater understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of Canadian history and to strengthen a sense of ownership of the world’s last Tribal class destroyer. HMCS Haida was designated a National Historic Site by virtue of its role in Canadian naval combat and as the world’s last Tribal class destroyer.

“HMCS Haida offers Canadians and the world opportunities to experience and understand Canada’s most famous warship and get a sense of life aboard during World War II, the Korean War and peacekeeping duties,” said Minister Kent.

The purpose of the management plan is to provide strategic direction for the management and operations of the site for 15 years, with a review every five years. This plan is Parks Canada’s key accountability document with Canadians. It provides long-term direction to ensure commemorative integrity including heritage resource protection; to facilitate meaningful visitor experiences so that visitors can discover, enjoy, and learn about the site’s heritage and stories; and to inspire a connection with Canadians by exciting an interest in visiting and by fostering collaboration with partners, stakeholders and the community.

“Haida is an important heritage attraction in our region”, said David Sweet, M.P. for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale. “Our continuing goal is to work cooperatively with partners and stakeholders to ensure that the stories of Haida are told to future generations.”

Parks Canada works to ensure Canada’s historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future. Through its network of 42 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and three national marine conservation areas, Parks Canada sets the stage and invites Canadians and people around the world to engage in personal moments of inspired discovery of our treasured natural and historic places.

To view the full plan, visit http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/haida/plan.aspx.