Honouring Veterans is our Duty


The Royal Canadian Legion Calgary #1 Branch is looking to tentatively re-open on July 22, 2020.  While this Covid 19 Virus is still among us re are required by the government to:

Under current Chief Medical Officer of Health Orders, businesses and entities are required to:
• implement practices to minimize the risk of transmission of infection among attendees;
• provide procedures for rapid response if an attendee develops symptoms of illness;
• ensure that attendees maintain high levels of sanitation and personal hygiene

We would like to reinforce the need for good hygienic practices – including regular handwashing, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing and staying at home if exhibiting symptoms of illness. You can find excellent online resources via Health Canada.


LATEST NEWS We are Open!

June 26, 2021

We are open!!  Summer Hours:

Thursday Evening 5:30 PM until 9:30 PM

Friday 11:00 AM until 11:30 PM (Cover Charge Friday Night)

Saturday 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM

2021 Calgary Stampede was held this year despite Covid 19.  Our sales were way down this year due to the many unknowns regarding Covid 19.  Downtown Attractions had the Legion host their volunteers again this year.  As of today we will be open Fridays from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  We may be open Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon. Please call.

2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the iconic Poppy symbol of Remembrance

One hundred years ago, the precursor to The Royal Canadian Legion officially recognized the Poppy as Canada’s lasting symbol of Remembrance. A century later, the Legion is commemorating this historic milestone.

Madame Anna Guérin, later christened "The Poppy Lady from France", inspired by John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields", had an idea: to adopt the distribution of the Poppy on Armistice Day as a way to raise money for Veterans' needs and to remember those who had given their lives during the First World War.

In July of 1921 the Great War Veterans Association (which in 1925 would unify with other Veteran groups to form the Canadian Legion) adopted the Poppy as the flower of Remembrance.



Wrestling is Back


Friday Night RCW Wrestling will resume on June 25, 2021.  It was cancelled due to  Covid 19 Regulations that went into effect December 13, 2020.  


Alberta entered Stage 2 on June 10, and has met the threshold to enter Stage 3 on July 1.


Target: 60% first dose + <500 hospitalizations and declining


Target: 70% first dose

Stage 3: Two weeks after 70% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose. Effective July 1.

All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings.

Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain.

The general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings.

More information will be shared prior to the start of Stage 3.

Mandatory – Effective June 10

Provincewide restrictions

Indoor and outdoor dining is permitted.

6 people per table maximum – different households can dine together at a table.

Takeout, curbside pickup and delivery are encouraged.

Additional safety measures: 

Contact information must be collected from one person of the dining party.

Tables and dining parties must be 2 metres apart or separated by an impermeable barrier that will prevent droplet transmission.

Individuals must stay seated with their dining party unless using the washroom, paying, or entering/exiting the facility. Masks must be worn indoors when not at your table.

Liquor service ends at 11 pm.

Dining must close by midnight.

VLTs are permitted. No other forms of entertainment allowed (pool tables, live music, etc.).

Dinner theatres are permitted at 1/3 capacity.

Various Gatherings

Mandatory – Effective June 10

Provincewide restrictions:

Indoor performance activities are permitted, including:

dancing, singing, acting or playing a musical instrument

rehearsals or theatrical performances

Additional safety requirements

Performance activities can occur in any indoor or outdoor facility that is allowed to be open, with capacity limits.


is required while rehearsing and practicing indoor performance activities, including singing

is not required during the live performance (e.g., during filming or with a live audience)



If you violate a public health order, you may be subject to a $2,000 fine. Additionally, you can be prosecuted for up to $100,000 for a first offense.

If you are concerned someone is not following public health orders, you can:

remind them that not following orders is against the law and puts people at risk

Permitted activities:

Wedding ceremonies up to 20 people

Funeral services up to 20 people

Trade shows at 1/3 capacity

Prohibited activities:

Indoor wedding or funeral receptions (permitted outdoors only)


The site of Calgary Branch #1 was originally that of the No. 1 Fire Hall.  On September 6, 1922 the building was dedicated as a Memorial to those who served in the Great War of 1914 to 1918.  It served as clubhouses for The Great War Veteran's Association, which was formed in 1916 in Winnipeg.

In 1927, the Premises were designated as the Calgary (Alberta No.1) Branch of the Canadian Legion and by Royal Assent, in 1960, The Royal Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service League.

Your Royal Canadian Legion is committed to making a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families, providing essential services in our communities, and remembering the men and women who sacrificed for our country.

The year 1917 was the 50th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.  But it was not a time for celebration.  Beyond its shores, a significant number of Canadians were proving to the world that Canada had truly come of age.  Some 600,000 Canadians enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and they played no small part in the ultimate victory of the Allied Nations.  When they returned home, however, they faced another conflict and drew upon the comradeship developed in the trenches of France and Flanders

Stampede volunteers give century-old Legion in Calgary a new look 



There is strength in numbers. With 260,000 members in 1,400 branches, The Royal Canadian Legion reaches across our vast country and abroad and connects us to our past, our present and our future. Our members care deeply about supporting the men and women who serve and have served this country, and strive to make a difference.

The Legion is Canada’s largest Veteran and community service organization. Our membership includes currently serving and retired Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members, as well as the mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, sons and daughters, and grandchildren of Veterans. Each of these individuals is impacted by the care our Veterans receive and the issues affecting them.

We also welcome into our membership those without military affiliation who support Canada’s Veterans. Legion members, whether they have served or not, help Veterans and their families, promote Remembrance, support Legion programs, and volunteer their time to provide essential services within their communities. Without Legion volunteers, the tremendous programs and services the Legion provides to our Veterans and their families would disappear.

We are proud and honoured by the work our members do for Veterans, and we welcome all Canadians to join and stand with us to honour and help those who serve and have served.  Please download our Membership form.

Membership Form


(l to r Brian Johnston from DTA, President Phil MacAulay and Executive Rick Dent.) With great appreciation, the Legion has new air conditioning and flooring courtesy of Downtown Attractions and the Calgary Stampede.  The Legion cannot say enough about the help we received from the Calgary Stampede Board for fixing the things that it couldn't afford.

The Legion has played host to a number of different events.  Memorial Hall has been mentioned as the best venue in Calgary.  We have played host to High Performance Rodeo, Honens Piano Competition, Professional Wrestling every 2 weeks, and hosted Sled Island from day 1 when it was Zac and Craig.


Royal Canadian Legion Calgary (Alberta #1) Branch

116 7 Ave SE

Calgary, AB

T2G 0H5, Canada

Ph. (403) 269-5548

Fax: (403) 233-9010