History of the Elks of Canada

  • The Elks was founded on September 26th, 1912 and incorporated under a special Dominion of Canada Charter.

  • The first lodge was established in Vancouver, B.C.  The Officers and members expanded the Elks organization across Canada.  Charles E. Redeker became the first National Leader of the Elks of Canada.

  • The Moose Jaw Lodge was founded in 1913 and was the seventh Lodge in Canada. We still are Lodge No. 7.
  • The Elks is the largest, all-Canadian Fraternal organization in Canada.

  • Prior to 1912 an Elks organization flourished in the USA.  The Elks of Canada are not affiliated with the American Elks, but share a common history and enjoy a friendly relationship.

  • In the USA the Elks began with a group of actors and entertainers led by Charles A. Vivian, an Englishman.  They chose the name Elk because of the animal's stately qualities.  The framework of the organization was developed at a meeting in New York on February 16, 1868 and spread rapidly becoming one of the most respected and successful organizations in the United States of America.  It was only natural to base the Elks of Canada on such a fine example.

  • The Elks of Canada have grown to approximately 300 lodges with 16,000 members and are committed to our Vision of being the most progressive family focused organization in Canada, meeting community and member needs and expectations.

  • The qualifications to become a member of the Elks are: Any man or woman of good reputation and adherent of lawful government and having attained the age of majority as established by the province or territory in which the Lodge is located.

  • Members are initiated by their home lodge, become members of the National Order and receive a warm welcome in any lodge they visit across Canada.  Think of it as a "national network" of friends.

  • All applicants must complete a membership application  and be proposed by a member in good standing at a regular meeting of a Lodge.  Membership fees are collected and a ballot/vote upon the admission of the candidate is taken.  (Fees are determined by each local lodge).

  • Once approved each member is "initiated" into the Elks by a special and meaningful ceremony.  Once initiated they are entitled to all the privileges of membership in the Elks of Canada.

  • The men and women of the Elks of Canada promote and support our Mission Statement: "A Canadian volunteer organization of men and women serving communities".