In 1963, prior to being paid off, HMCS HAIDA sailed on a farewell tour of the Great Lakes. This inspired a group of businessmen to form Haida Inc. to buy her as a memorial to the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy. She was open to the public for many years at Ontario Place in Toronto. Acquired by the Province of Ontario in 1970, HMCS HAIDA was transferred to Park Canada in 2003. Extensive repairs to her hull were carried out and she arrived at her new berth in Hamilton on the 60th anniversary of her commissioning August 30, 2003.
In 1984, the Historic sites and Monuments Board of Canada designated HMCS HAIDA as a National Historic Site.
In 1989, Friends of HMCS HAIDA was formed to raise funds for projects that would assist in the preservation and maintenance of the ship.