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™.

Virtual Victory Kids

virtual victory kids Join the Virtual Victory Kids program now. Presented thanks to funding received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Click here for more information and to sign up for free.

Our Marine Art exhibitions

nakano_spring_sailing Currently in the Victory gallery, members of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists have their art on display. Enjoy the various mediums and subjects portrayed in their work. Many of the paintings are avaiable for viewing in slide shows here ... Since June 2021 the Canadian Society of Marine Artists signature members' work is part of the First International Online Marine Art Exhibition.

Our Nelsonian Display

NelsonHMS Victory is the centrepiece of our gallery. A number of models of HMS Victory including a half model and a cross section highlight Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship. Displays of memorabilia compliment our Nelsonian collections. Many of our books concerning Admiral Lord Nelson are located in our ground floor reading room, and you may browse them in our library catalogue here.

Extended research and collection descriptions.

An easy explanation goes a long way - when it's hands-on...

Look, listen and learn is the way we all move forward. If you can visit, we will ensure that your time spent with us is enjoyable – but even at distance we can point you in the right direction.

These pages give further insight to the Naval Marine Archive – The Canadian Collection's web pages.

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Our ships list

Princess Royal Our ships database was developed 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.

Books for Sale

used books Specialized books are available for sale for your enjoyment. Visit our newly updated listing featuring: yachting, navy, modelling, biography, aviation, military, art, novels and Canadiana. New pages illustrating selections have been added for your viewing.

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.


A special thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for our current Coummunity Building Fund Grant to Virtualize Victory Kids Programming.

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.

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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 ...