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The history of Canada's Navy & Military on Canada's west coast

How to find us

Coming from off island?

There are several ways to get to Victoria, the most common being via BC Ferries with departures from the Horseshoe Bay and Tswassen terminals, out of Vancouver BC. For further information about ferry schedules contact BC Ferries

Transit to Victoria and the Museum - Links

BC Ferries

Pacific Coach Lines

Blackball Transport

Washington State Ferries

Victoria Clipper

Victoria Regional Transit System

How to find us

1895 map of Esquimalt Naval Yard.


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.

The most common way to travel to Vancouver Island is by ferry. There are several ferry services 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, near Sidney and about 30 minutes north of Victoria. Pacific Coach Lines offers bus service between Vancouver and Victoria via this BC Ferry route.

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's downtown 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 government-issued 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, at Naden in Esquimalt. You will be required to stop and present your photo identification to security at the main gate to Naden before getting permission to enter.

To come here from the downtown:

Leave downtown Victoria by the Johnston Street Bridge; this bridge can be approached along Pandora, Wharf, or Store Street (depending on current construction work for the new Johnston Street bridge to replace the old bridge, access points may vary as construction progresses). 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 metres) until you reach the first set of traffic lights, where you will turn left to the main gate to Naden at CFB Esquimalt. Once inside the base, signs and markings on the roadway will lead you to the museum's parking lot.

Travel time from downtown Victoria to the museum by car is approximately 10 minutes, but may be much longer due to Johnston Street bridge construction work. Allow about 20-30 minutes if you are travelling by bicycle, and again, expect delays.

The Victoria Regional Transit System, local public transportation, offers frequent bus service that can take you from downtown Victoria to Esquimalt Road. From there it is a considerable walk to Naden at CFB Esquimalt. Once you arrive at Naden, allow for about a 15-25 minutes walk from the main gate to the museum.

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.

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.