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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.


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!

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.

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.

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.

Notice to Members

Contact Us

Our Next General Meeting is on Saturday, February 17th, 2024 at 1 pm.

Location: 150 Gray Rd, Kelowna, BC (Rutland).


Regular Social Activities have begun at our new clubhouse.

Starting on this Dec 20th, drop-in Pool begins and will be held Wed's and Fridays from 1 - 4 pm.

Drop-in Darts will be held weekly starting on Monday, Jan 8th, 2024 at 7 pm.

Other social activities are being planned including Crib, Bingo, Euchre, and Canasta.

A Calender of Events for 2024 will be posted as soon as it is made available.

Our licensing approvals are still pending however in the interim the ANAF will be supplying coffee, pop, and water for everyone at a reasonable price.

Notice of next General Meeting on Saturday, February 17, 2024

Our next General Meeting and will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 1 pm at our new location at 150 GRAY RD in Rutland. The Ladies Auxiliary will be providing Baking as a fundraiser.


Remembrance Day November 11, 2023:

A Remembrance Day Memorial was conducted by the ANAF Branch #376 at the Rutland Cenotaph located in Lions Park in Rutland. A well-attended reception was held after the ceremony at our new location at 150 Gray Rd. The public was welcome to attend both the memorial ceremony and the reception. 


  1. Since Sept 12, 2020 the ANAF Clubhouse has been Closed. Our new clubhouse at 150 GRAY RD in Rutland will be available to members as soon as our liquor licence is secured. Stay  tuned for an announcement

The search for a new Clubhouse has ended in success. Opening soon.

The last Club Meat Draw put on by the Ladies Auxillary was a big success. Thank you to all those who contributed.

Thank you also to all those who contributed to the success of the Farewell Social held on Sept 12, 2020.

The Ceremony to Retire/Lower the ANAF Flag was held at 1 PM, Sept 12.

Thank you to the Kelowna Pipe Band for their performances before, during, and after the Ceremony.

~ Until We Meet Again

Kitchen Hours:

The ANAF Clubhiuse Kitchen is closed until further notice. 


ANAF Veterans Assoc Unit #376

150 Gray Rd

Kelowna B.C. V1X 1W7

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Phone: (778) 753-0043

Fax: (778) 753-1063


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