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A Project Of Great National Significance
From cold war warrior to dynamic tourist
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
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
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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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
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
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.
here to download our full sponsorship brochure.