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Vernon Photo Gallery 

Aerials 1941- to date

 

52 high quality aerial photos. We are always looking for the missing photos, early 1950s and some of the 60s. Please let us know if you can help email

 

The camp in 1941, in the upper left hand corner the barracks are under construction, tentage in foreground was more than likely home to soldiers in basic training (Greater Vernon & Area Museum)

 

A few days or perhaps no more than 2 weeks later, the lower camp layout is well defined. B3 QM Drill Hall is under construction with the rifle range already complete. At the top of the photo, C42 is partially complete, B35, B36, B37 and B38 have not been built, at the lower part of the photo a single building stands in the CE compound, B49, B50 have not yet been built. There is a fair amount of activity with people waking about, several civilian parked where the future B26 will stand. Note, there are no structures north of the camp (Greater Vernon & Area Museum)

 

a few weeks later, the lower camp is nearing completion. B3 and C42 are complete, work has yet to start on B35, B36, B37 and B38. Highway 97 is still merely a single lane road that goes a few miles outh of the camp before heading down Kickwillie Loop to Kalamalka (Long) Lake (Greater Vernon & Area Museum)

 

A rare immediate post-WWII view of the entire with all but one building standing, looking south, Polson Park at the bottom, 1946 (Vernon & Greater Area Museum)

 

The reverse direction, looking north. It's clear from this image how significant the camp was at the end of WWII, each barrack could sleep 160 soldiers.  (Doug Kermode, Ron Smith Collection)

 

Taken from the northwest end of town, a scenic shot of the camp along Mission Hill. ca.1945-46 (Greater Vernon & Area Museum)

 

At long last, we now have the complete camp aerial 1949 shot along with the photo immediately above. A wonderful photo that shows the entire camp in the first summer it was open to cadets. You can compare the 1949 photo with the Wayne Emde 2000 photo below. (photographer Doug Kermode, courtesy: Bernard Dubuc) If you would like to see a more detailed and much larger image click on the above aerial, note this is an extremely large image. Special thanks to Carolyn & Dennis Dufresne for making this important photo available.

 

Another angle, on the same flight,  1949. (Doug Kermode)

 

1949 aerial, the camp is only just 8 years old, the trees only beginning to cast shade. The WWII Brigade QM huts (lower left hand corner) are still standing across the street from B3. (Doug Kermode)

 

Approx 1958 lower camp (Doug Kermode photo, courtesy Maj Wally Statz)

 

approx 1960 (Doug Kermode, Vernon & Greater Area Museum)

 

Upper camp, K & D lines ,approx 1959 (Greater Vernon & Area Museum)

 

A 1962 publicity with the guard formed up on Dieppe Square spelling out Vernon. (Doug Kermode)

 

Upper Camp, 1962 (Doug Kermode, Vernon & Greater Area Museum)

 

 

Main camp, ca. mid 1960s (Doug Kermode)

 

The Commonage, the training area for assault rafts in the early years of the camp (see 1949 photo gallery) and for Ex Rambler mid 1970s to mid 1980s   ca. mid 1960s (Doug Kermode)

 

1961 Saturday morning weekly parade (Doug Kermode)

 

 July 21, 1962 weekly Saturday morning Parade (Bill Liddel collection, Doug Kermode)

 

July 20, 1963 Saturday morning weekly parade (Doug Kermode, Vernon & Greater Area Museum)

 

Grad Parade Saturday Aug 22, 1964, (Doug Kermode, Vernon & Greater Area Museum)

 

Main camp, 1964 (Doug Kermode, Vernon & Greater Area Museum)

 

approx 1965. (Doug Kermode, Vernon & Greater Area Museum)

 

 

23 July 1966 Saturday morning parade (courtesy Steve Cowan)

 

July 15, 1967 Saturday morning parade (Doug Kermode photo, courtesy Maj Wally Statz)

 

July 20, 1968, Saturday morning weekly parade (Doug Kermode)

 

July 12, 1969, Saturday Morning weekly parade (Doug Kermode, Vernon & Greater Area Museum)

 

The main camp looking north, 1969 (Doug Kermode, Vernon & Greater Area Museum)

 

July 11, 1970, Saturday morning weekly parade (Doug Kermode)

 

1970 camp aerial (courtesy Capt Mitch Steck)

 

Saturday July 10, 1971, (Doug Kermode, Vernon & Greater Area Museum)

 

 July 15, 1972 weekly Saturday morning Parade (Vernon & Greater Area Museum)

 

moments later a full shot of the camp (Vernon & Greater Area Museum, Doug Kermode)

 

July 14, 1973, Saturday Morning weekly parade (Doug Kermode, Vernon & Greater Area Museum)

 

July 14, 1973, evening parade (Doug Kermode, Vernon & Greater Area Museum)

 

1973, Saturday morning parade post card (Doug Kermode, Phil Edge collection)

 

1974 Aerial (photographer Doug Kermode, Colin Bokovay coll.)

 

approx 1974 (Vernon Museum)

 

July 16, 1976 Friday night parade (photographer Doug Kermode, Maj (ret'd) Gerry Ratchford coll.)

 

July 15, 1977, weekly Friday Night Parade. Maj D. MacQuarrie Camp DCO was the reviewing officer for the parade. (Vernon & Greater Area Museum)

 

July 15, 1977, weekly Friday Night Parade from a higher altitude and looking east. (Vernon & Greater Area Museum)

 

July 14, 1978, weekly Friday Night Parade. The first parade of the summer, Col Beer Camp CO was the reviewing officer. Temperature 30c (Doug Kermode, Ed Liukaitis collection)

 

July 13, 1979, Friday Night weekly parade. Col Jake Beer was the reviewing officer for the parade. (Doug Kermode, Vernon & Greater Area Museum)

 

July 25, 1980  weekly Friday Night Parade. Col David Kinloch the Hon Col BCD was the reviewing officer this evening just out of frame at the reviewing dais. (Doug Kermode, Ed Liukaitis collection)

 

July 18, 1981, weekly Friday Night Parade (Doug Kermode, Ed Liukaitis collection)

 

Friday night parade, approx 1981 (Doug Kermode, Vernon & Greater Area Museum)

 

July 17, 1998, weekly Friday Night Parade (Francois Arseneault)

 

The same view 50 years later, 1998. (Wayne Emde)

 

Summer of 1999, evening parade (Wayne Emde)

 

Thursday August 14, 2003, Final Parade Practice (Wayne Emde)

 

Thursday August 13, 2004, Final Parade Practice (Wayne Emde)

 

2004 (Capt George Picken)

 

approx 2007 (Google maps)

 

detail lower camp approx 2007 (Google maps)

 

detail upper camp approx 2007 (Google maps)