Cadet camp museum opens doors

Residents can learn more about Vernon’s military past

The Vernon Cadet Camp Museum opens to members of the public Saturday.

The Vernon Cadet Camp Museum opens to members of the public Saturday.

Residents can learn more about Vernon’s military past.

Starting this Saturday, the Vernon Cadet Camp Museum is open every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

“The new satellite museum is located in an original building from the Second World War  that served as the camp’s post office from wartime up until the 1970s,” said Ron Candy, with the Greater Vernon Museum, which helped organize the exhibit.

To help celebrate the building’s history, the Greater Vernon Museum has been issued a specially designed cancellation stamp from Canada Post with the words “Vernon Cadet Camp Museum” appearing within the cancel mark.

“This Saturday, the new cancellation stamp, with date, will be launched at the camp museum,” said Candy.

The museum will have on hand specially printed postcard images of the camp taken from the archives.  These can be purchased, with postage, and then stamped with the new cancel. Retired postmaster, Gary Fisher, will be present to make the cancellations.

“This is a great chance for collectors to get what will prove to be a very scarce cancellation. The camp museum will be the only location where the cancel will be used,” said Candy.

Access to the cadet camp museum is made through the pedestrian tunnel that runs under Highway 97 between the camp and Dieppe Square to the west.

Vehicles can be parked in the lot next to Dieppe Square and visitors can then walk through the tunnel to the museum, situated at the south end of the grassed area.  The museum building is clearly marked.