Clandestine Capers - Trade craft 101 - EVERY August Long Weekend
Saturday, July 30th, 2016
Sunday, July 31st, 2016
This fun-filled free event featuring Spy Wars, the Earn Your Dolphins Challenge, games, and exhibits will take place beside HMCS OJIBWA.
The London Jet Aircraft Museum will also be on hand with their Jet Ejection Seat Trainer. This is an interactive display in which you can climb into the cockpit and feel like a real-life pilot.
Children can challenge their skills and earn their Dolphins by playing games based on submariners' training such as: identifying valves while blindfolded, writing backwards on a glass plot board, and more.
We'll also have exhibits and some casual bean bag and Frisbee games set up for your enjoyment.
Tours of the sub will also be available from 11:00-5:00 all weekend. Pricing information for the tours can be found on our "Tours" page.
It's a hot point in the Cold War.
Spies on spies on spies are working to gather intel on the opposing forces.
An all-out nuclear apocalypse looms over every moment. Tensions are high.
We need you, agent. An enemy spy has been identified in our ranks, and it's your job to track them down. Report to HMCS OJIBWA at 3 Pitt Street, Port Burwell for further instructions.
Good luck and good hunting.
Spy Wars is a free activity at HMCS OJIBWA as part of our Clandestine Capers event the August Long Weekend.
Enter the world of spies, learn a little tradecraft, then follow the game up with a tour the boat and hone your new skills. (tours priced separately) Come play the Spy Wars game and test your own spy hunting skills. Follow the clues, decode the messages and help us find the spy in our midst.
Why the Spy?
Canada was the front and centre between the great nuclear powers of the Cold War but her role was not limited to geography. Indeed, Canada initiated the wake up call to the intensity of the clandestine activities as early as 1946. Igor Gouzenko, a Soviet cypher clerk at the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa defected with a can of worms that spread across the United States and Britain and beyond.
While the duck-and-cover days of the fifties were over by the time HMCS Ojibwa was commissioned in 1965, the clandestine world was even more active. Indeed, early in Ojibwa's career, submariners were going to work in Halifax dressed as dock workers so cameras could not record their identities or the size of her crew. That was only the beginning of their clandestine activities, many of which are still top secret today.
To get in the mood, here is how it felt to be someone who was there former Chief Petty Officer First Class, Jim Gordon.