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Okanagan Military Museum

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1424 Ellis Street
Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 2A5 Canada
250-763-9292

The Okanagan Military Museum is devoted to the preservation and greater awareness of Okanagan military heritage.

The Museum maintains the legacy of Okanagan Valley residents who served in the Canadian armed forces and in the armed forces of ally nations. A visit to the Okanagan Military Museum ensures a greater understanding of, and connection to, our proud military heritage.

The Okanagan Military Museum is home to one of the best firearms collections in Canada. It hosts a significant collection of uniforms, insignia, badges, and equipment, including artefacts from the Boer War, World War I and World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and contemporary military operations. The Okanagan Military Museum is also home to one of the best firearms collections in Canada, and the Vince Bezeau Military Archives and Library is open to researchers.

The Okanagan Military Museum offers specialized group programs and events, such as the Remembrance Day open house and the Canada Day book sale. Ask us about a guided visit for your group!

Admission is by donation.

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October 2019

The Battle of the Gothic Line and the British Columbia Dragoons

October 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Okanagan Military Museum, 1424 Ellis Street
Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 2A5 Canada

Presented by Captain (Ret’d), Professor Howard Hisdal, CD, MA The way the 1944 Gothic Line battle is portrayed in the history books varies greatly. Join Professor Howard Hisdal as he looks at this moment in WWII and the momentous role the BC Dragoons played in…

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November 2019

Finding Your Soldier Online

November 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Okanagan Military Museum, 1424 Ellis Street
Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 2A5 Canada

Presented by Major (Ret'd) Paul Randall, CD, MSc Learn about the various web sites and online resources that you can use to find soldiers who served in the Great War. Using a soldier's file, you will discover how to read their military record and other…

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Over the Top

November 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Okanagan Military Museum, 1424 Ellis Street
Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 2A5 Canada

Presented by Carla-Jean Stokes, MA, Curator (Historic O’Keefe Ranch) Discover fact and fiction behind some of WWI’s iconic photographs in this eye-opening presentation. Carla-Jean’s presentation will focus on the work of famous war photographer Ivor Castle, including the myth of the photograph ‘Over the Top,’…

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Remembrance Day Open House

November 11 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Okanagan Military Museum, 1424 Ellis Street
Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 2A5 Canada

  Discover local contributions to Canada’s military history at the Okanagan Military Museum. Special 15 minute talks throughout the day. Each talk features a different topic. Visit the cenotaph to remember. Explore the Okanagan Military Museum. Free parking at the Memorial Parkade. By donation For…

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The Torch Passes: Remembrance and Commemoration 2020+

November 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Okanagan Military Museum, 1424 Ellis Street
Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 2A5 Canada

Military Historian Keith Boehmer looks ahead to Canadian Remembrance ceremonies in the next decade as the Second World War veterans pass away.  Who will lead these ceremonies?  What elements may change?  Will Remembrance Day still be relevant to Canadians? Join Keith in exploring these challenging questions.…

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