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A Project Of Great National Significance

From cold war warrior to dynamic tourist attraction

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HMCS Ojibwa, Canada's first Oberon Class submarine, will become the centerpiece of a new "green" museum to preserve this and other important pieces of Canadian naval history.  The estimated cost of the project is over $6 million.  Even before the museum is built, HMCS Ojibwa has proved to be a popular destination, welcoming over thirty thousand visitors in the first six months of operation.

Award Winning Innovator

We are very proud to say that the Elgin Military Museum, won not only the Ontario Tourism Association award as Innovator of the Year 2014 but also the Brewster Innovator of the Year Award 2014 sponsored by the Tourism Association of Canada. Once the museum structure is in place it is expected to attract some 80,000 to 100,000 visitors each year, creating new jobs and injecting an anticipated $500,000 annual payroll to stimulate the local economy.  It is more than a measured can-do attitude that drives this endeavour.  It is the conviction that saving an important piece of Canadian heritage from the wrecker's ball is worthwhile.  Click here for more background information on the project.

Stunning new state-of-the-art museum!

HMCS Ojibwa is now open to the public and our education programming is well underway in Port Burwell, Ontario. Once the museum building is in place, in addition to guided tours, groups and visitors will eventually be able to "experience" the submariner's life during overnight stays in the crew and officers' quarters. The adjacent interpretive centre will house museum exhibit space, classroom and meeting facilities, a gift shop as well as lounge, shower and locker room facilities for guests. Specially developed programs will provide rare opportunities for the public to learn about the unique role these cold war subs played in Canada and NATO's history.

Putting the Sub in SUBject

Our education programming already puts the sub in SUBject - almost every subject history to physics and industrial design as well as challenging the students to consider the psychological aspects of living in a sealed tube with seventy other people under arduous conditions. Add to that the atmosphere of the Cold War period when Ojibwa and her colleagues would venture into places without an invitation so to speak!

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The two small trees will have to be moved to make way for the Museum of Naval History which will run alongside the boat and up the hill to the main street of Port Burwell.  Amazing tours inside and out of the boat are offered seven days a week in the high season and other times in the off season. We also offer the Greater Depths Tour, the only one of its kind in the world -  three hours aboard the submarine with former submariners to let you in on all the aspects of this life like no other. Photo: Elgin Military Museum Collection

Lake Erie Sub-Way - Port Burwell, Buffalo, Cleveland

Submarine museums in Buffalo and Cleveland are already excited about the prospect of a tour route around Lake Erie that will bring a great boost to tourism across the entire length of Elgin County and make all of Canada's sunny south coast a must see destination.

Helping us will help others!

We are convinced that Project Ojibwa and the new Museum of Naval History will be a tremendous success which will enable us to distribute a portion of the surplus accrued to charitable organizations benefitting veterans and their families.

Please read on to see how you can help.

There are many ways you can choose to help bring the Museum of Naval History to fruition. Your donations will be put to use immediately, and large or small they all move the project forward. Contributions over ten dollars will receive a tax receipt where applicable. Donations can take the form of a financial contribution or perhaps a service or a skill that will advance the project. Purchasing a brick for our Walk of Honour is another way you can contribute and honour a loved one at the same time. You can purchase bricks as an individual, a family, a business, an organization or even as a group of friends. Sponsorship opportunities like this don't come around very often let us know what you have in mind or let us give you some ideas. Remember the world is going to be watching Ojibwa travel from Halifax to Port Burwell so you don't have to wait until she arrives in Port Burwell to come aboard with your concept. And where would the world be without Volunteers to pitch in on all sorts of things. We look forward to hearing from you to let us know how you would like to help.

Click here to download our full sponsorship brochure.