HMCS Esquimalt Commemorative Ceremony 2023

  • April 16, 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Type
    Event address
    1200 Esquimalt Road
    Event location
    Memorial Park

    Join us for a commemorative ceremony to mark the anniversary of the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

    The public is invited to attend and honour the service and sacrifice of the crew of HMCS Esquimalt at the HMCS Esquimalt Memorial at Memorial Park in Esquimalt

    Please note that there is limited parking for the ceremony is available in the lot adjacent to Memorial Park. The park is also well-served by BC Transit.

    HMCS Esquimalt was the last Canadian warship lost to enemy action in World War II. It was torpedoed in the approaches to Halifax on the morning of April 16, 1945, just three weeks before the end of the war. The vessel sank with heavy loss of life within sight of the coast. The survivors endured six hours in the frigid water before rescue arrived. Only 27 of the minesweeper's 71 crew survived.

    For more information on the HMCS Esquimalt, read Within Sight of Shore - The Sinking of HMCS Esquimalt at the website of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum