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The Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans Association

Canada's Oldest Veteran's Association
The Kelowna Unit in the 2017 May Days Parade

About the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans Association

The Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada is Canada's oldest veterans' association. Although the precise start-date is obscured by time, it is known that a charter was given in 1840 by Queen Victoria to create a unit in Montreal. It is felt that units existed well before that time, perhaps as early as the Conquest of New France in the seventeen hundreds.

The Association derives its name from those remnants of British and French colonial regiments which were left in Canada when their regiments returned to Britain or France following their tours of duty protecting the colonies. These men banded together to exchange information on service benefits available to them and to fraternize. They called themselves "The Army Veterans in Canada" so that when they were in Britain they could denote their location as opposed to the Army Veterans in Australia or South-Africa. The reference to Canada became an integral part of the Association's title, as incorporated by the Government of Canada in 1917.

Following the War of 1812 sailors from the British Navy which patrolled the Great Lakes and the eastern seaboard, who remained in Canada, joined the Army Veterans in Canada and the title was changed to "The Army and Navy Veterans in Canada".

The association was also composed of volunteers who answered the call of the Canadian Government for active service during the Fenian Raids of 1860, 1870 and 1871, the Red River Expedition of 1870, and the North-West Rebellion of 1885.

A cairn was raised in 1902 by the Toronto Army and Navy Veterans Association to commemorate the first Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, John Graves Simcoe, founder of York (now Toronto) and to mark the Military Burying Grounds (now the Victoria Memorial Gardens) situated in a park at the junction of King St. West and Bathurst St. in Toronto.

In April 1909 at Montreal, Mr. W. W. Marsh of the Army and Navy Veterans Association was one of the founding members of the Last Post Fund. 

During and following the Second World War, members of the Air Force were welcomed as members and the official title the "The Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada" was enacted, by an amendment to our Act of Incorporation, by Parliament in 1946. The Association uses the short form ANAVETS to identify itself.

ANAVETS IN KELOWNA

Proudly located in Uptown Rutland, our club was established in 1972 and has been a proud member of the community ever since.

Our History

For over 40 years, the success of the Kelowna ANAVETS Unit has depended upon the hard work and dedication of our members and volunteers!

2017-10-17
The ANAF Today

The ANAF Today

We sponsored the building of the Bench I and II condo projects with the hope of having a new club room with no debt.The Froelich Road facility was dismantled in July of 2004 and in 2006, the business moved into the new Club Rooms as you see it today.

1978-06-12
The Clubhouse

The Clubhouse

In 1974, after operating out of garages and Rutland Centennial hall, the unit opened it's first clubhouse on Asher Road, which it built up utilizing dedicated volunteers. Finally, the Unit was able to purchase its own building on Froleich Road and after much volunteer labour, officially opened on December 31, 1976 with the first function being a New Year's Eve Celebration.

1972-03-01
Humble Beginnings

Humble Beginnings

The Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada Unit #376 officially received it's Charter on March 1, 1972 with 25 members. The Ladies Auxiliary to the Unit received their charter on March 1, 1973.

Club Hours

Monday - Tuesday: 11 AM - 7 PM

Wednesday: 11 AM - 8 PM

Thursday - Sunday: 11 AM - 7 PM

Note: Hours may vary depending on events

 

Kitchen Hours

Wednesday: 3 PM - 8 PM

Thursday: 3 PM - 7 PM

Friday: 3 PM - 6 PM

Saturday: 2 PM - 6 PM

Contact

270 Dougall Rd N, Kelowna, BC V1X 3K5

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Phone: (250) 765-1810

Email: info@kelownaarmynavy.com