The Elgin Military Museum is currently open Saturdays noon till four. As the season progresses and we begin to get back to a new normal after Covid, the museum will be open for more days of the week. Watch this site for updates.
Plan Your Visit
Welcome to the deep south - of Ontario. To put that into perspective, St. Thomas, Ontario in Canada is south of Buffalo, New York; Seattle, Washington; Nice, France and Florence, Italy.
Getting there is unusual too; the stuff growing in the fields along the way to Port Burwell is just as likely to be ginseng or peanuts or lavender as it is corn, pumpkins or tobacco. Breweries and wineries are everywhere. So get together a gaggle of friends and visit HMCS Ojibwa – come for a tour or book a special program/party. It’s amazing which is why we won both the Canadian and Ontario Tourism Awards as Innovator of the Year in 2014. We aren’t glossy – just totally awesome.
It Doesn't End There
OK, so we are not located in Toronto. Sometimes getting out of Toronto or wherever you live is what you are looking for and the same old standbys are getting stale. The Elgin Military Museum in St. Thomas, Ontario offers Kangaroos (aka two M113 armoured personnel carriers), is steps away from the giant cement monument to Jumbo the elephant and we have a Sub Station. That is Sub Station in the only submarine in Ontario – that’s cool – Cold War Intrigue kind of cool. HMCS Ojibwa, an Oberon Class submarine in service from 1965 to 1998, is our ‘sub’ station in Port Burwell, Ontario. She’s 90 meters long and five storeys high and some of her stories will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
It doesn’t end there. Our armoured personnel carriers were at the siege of Sarajevo, but, the original 'Kangaroo' (1944) was named Marion after the wife of a member of our museum, the late Bill Copley. The unexpected is our specialty.