CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum
CFB Esquimalt
Naval & Military Museum

How to
Find the Museum

The CFB (Canadian Forces Base) Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum is located on Canada's West Coast on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. It is situated in the community of Esquimalt, nearby downtown Victoria, on CFB Esquimalt.

Looking for the Museum using a map quest? 1299 Naden Way Victoria BC, then follow the blue lines to find the museum.

Getting to Victoria

The most popular way of travelling to Vancouver Island is by ferry. There are several ferry services that can get you to the lower part of Vancouver Island. The major ferry service for this area is BC Ferries which has frequent scheduled sailings for car, bus, and foot passengers between Tsawwassen, just south of Vancouver on the BC mainland, and Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island, nearby Sidney and about 30 minutes north of Victoria. Pacific Coach Lines offers bus service between Vancouver and Victoria via this BC Ferry route.

Map of Victoria Area
Map of Victoria Area

Other ferries offering daily service include: Blackball Transport sailing between Port Angeles, Washington and Victoria harbour; Washington State Ferries sailing between Anacortes, Washington and Sidney; and Victoria Clipper,for foot passengers only, sailing between Seattle harbour and Victoria harbour.

There are many more options available for travel to the Victoria area. For a more comprehensive list visit Tourism Victoria.

Please bring photo identification such as a driver's licence or passport when coming to visit the museum.

The museum is situated within a Canadian Forces Base. You will be required to stop and present your photo identification to security at the main gate of the base before getting permission to enter.

Getting to the Museum

Leave downtown Victoria by the Johnston Street Bridge; this bridge can be approached along Pandora, Wharf, or Store Street. This will take you directly on to Esquimalt Road. Proceed along Esquimalt Road until you reach Admirals Road. Turn right on Admirals and travel a short distance (about 300 meters) till you reach the first traffic light where you will turn left to the main gate on to CFB Esquimalt. Once inside the base, signs and markings on the roadway will lead you to the museum's parking lot.

Map showing route from Downtown to CFB Esquimalt
Map showing route from Downtown to CFB Esquimalt

Travel time from downtown Victoria to the museum by car is approximately 10 minutes. Allow about 20 minutes if you are travelling by bicycle.

The Victoria Regional Transit System, local public transportation, offers frequent bus service that can take you from downtown Victoria to just outside the main gate of CFB Esquimalt. Allow for about a 5-10 minutes walk from the main gate to the museum.

Visitors can access Naden via the pedestrian gate off Colville Road and Admirals Road in Esquimalt. Visitors coming here by bus (#24 or #25) will find this the easiest way to access the Museum on foot.

To help guide you here, there are blue lines painted on the road surface. Follow these lines as you walk or drive through Naden from the Admirals Road entrance. There is also signage marking the way, just look for the signs with the letter ‘M’ for museum.

Map showing CFB Esquimalt's Naden location
Detailed map showing CFB Esquimalt at Naden, and Naval & Military Museum's location

The buildings marked with a white letter ‘M’ are Museum Building 20 - Administrative Office, Building 29 - the Museum workshop, and Buildings 37 & 39, which house the museum exhibits and displays.

Map courtesy of Lookout Publishing

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