Naval Marine Archive - The Canadian Collection
Formerly the Archives and Collections Society  

We invite everyone to visit, explore and browse through our fine archive and collection of marine books, our art gallery, ship models and displays. We hold very extensive collections on yachting, the mercantile marine, navies, aeronautics, military subjects, the Arctic and First Nations, biographies, and local and Great Lakes history at the Naval Marine Archive The Canadian Collection™.

Calendar of special events:
21st October  

Our Twentieth Anniversay celebration at The Victory party starts at 3pm.

16th November  

Book signing Northern Fury: H-Hour by author Bart Gauvin, Saturday 16 November 2-5pm

Exhibition of Marine Art

leroux_remorqueur_bravant_la_houle Art by signature members of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists is on display. A truly impressive exhibition of highly talented artists using the mediums of watercolour, acrylic, oil and scrimshaw to portray the moods of the sea and activities at sea. Details ...

Research: Canadian ships

Our ships database is now online; developed by us in-house to assist researchers, it contains mostly Canadian ships, but also many ships that were foreign built but traded regularly with Canada, or were sold to Canadian owners. Where available, further details of owners, masters, builders and voyages are also included. The database has been compiled from multiple sources – including Tom Tumilty's shipwreck research and the Canadian Heritage Information Network's previous heritage list. We wish to thank all contributors, and look forward to improving and expanding it.

Nelsonian Display

HMS Victory ia a centrepiece of our gallery. A number of models of the 'Victory' including a half model and a cross section highlight Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship. Displays of memorabilia compliment our Nelson book and art collection. Show details ...

Books for Sale

Specialized books are available for sale for your enjoyment. Featuring: yachting, navy, modelling, biography, aviation, military, art, novels and Canadiana. New selections added regularly.


Roof repair

emergency_repair Emergency repairs have been done to preserve the collections and premise for this exceptional collection and facility. Details...


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The Victory

Our home at The Victory

The Victory

The Victory, 205 Main Street, Picton. Take a virtual tour with this slideshow of the interior or visit our Victory gardens.


Books, books and more books ...

Our collections contain about half a million items including more than 70,000 books most of which can be found in our public catalogue which "came on-line" in January 2013. Full details ...
While most of our books are in the reference library, we do have many duplicates that we make available for sale. These include some fairly rare titles such as a 1st edition of F.W. Wallace's Record of Canadian Shipping, 1786 - 1920 and several volumes in the Anatomy of the Ship series, down to very affordable, fun reading – such as Hornblower's adventures – at less than a dollar each. Please browse our used books.

Thank you for your continuing support. Any financial donations will receive a charitable donation receipt for taxation purposes. Please join us in celebrating and preserving our history, and support us with any help you are able to give.


Revised: 28 September 2019