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BC Army Gala

Come and celebrate a Legacy of Service. Dinner and Dance. Come and enjoy a distinctive evening of fun, friendship and tradition. The BC Army Gala is open to anyone who has served, is a friend of the military or who wants to have an enjoyable evening with a unique group of people.

We look forward to seeing you all at the 2017 Gala on Saturday, May 6th at the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Armoury!


BC Army Gala

Come and celebrate a Legacy of Service. Dinner and Dance. Come and enjoy a distinctive evening of fun, friendship and tradition. The BC Army Gala is open to anyone who has served, is a friend of the military or who wants to have an enjoyable evening with a unique group of people.

We look forward to seeing you all at the 2017 Gala on Saturday, May 6th at the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Armoury!

A tradition

The Military Ball originated in 1946 as a victory celebration to mark the end of World War II and has continued, uninterrupted, since. It began as the brainchild of the officers of the Vancouver Garrison to relive the euphoria of the time and to celebrate the return to families and friends. Much had changed during the six year period that Canada had been to war and many returning military personnel had not seen their spouses and children during that time. Some discovered, much to their amazement, that their daughters, who were ten years old in September 1939, didn’t resemble the young ladies who answered the door in 1945. The experience was profound, so much so that it was decided to include the daughters in the Military Ball as debutantes, not for the purpose of introducing them society as in the 19th century Victorian custom but to re-introduce them to their fathers. The presentation of debutantes ended with the 2006 Ball.

The Military Ball may have begun as a party for Army officers but it has evolved. The social distinctions between officers, NCOs and soldiers have changed over the years and so has the Gala. Now all members of the Armed Forces are invited, regardless of rank or branch of the service along with partners in the first responder community and any other friends of the military. The BC Army Gala committee has organized this event specifically to continue the best traditions of the past with additions to make it fun for all who attend.

give back...

Be a part of the BC Military's premier annual event and fundraiser.


Celebrate a legacy of service. Remember and honour all the sacrifices made; past, current and future.


Enjoy a distinctive evening of fun, friendship and tradition.


The Gala

The Gala

Carrying on the military ball tradition in British Columbia, the British Columbia Army Gala is now the premier military social event of the year on BC’s mainland. Since 1945, serving and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces, families, and friends have come together to recognize and honour the contributions and sacrifices made by British Columbian’s in the defence of Canada. 

Mark your calendars, the 2017 BC Army Gala will be on Saturday, May 6th, 2017

We are pleased to welcome Dr. John Blatherwick as the 2017 BC Army Gala MC. Once again, we will support the MFRC and all the amazing work they do to help military families in British Columbia.

For it's 72nd year, The 2017 Gala will take place at the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Armoury located at 1650 Burrard Street, just outside of downtown Vancouver. 

The BC Army Gala has been able to secure a preferred rate at the Georgian Court Hotel for a limited number of rooms. The booking code is BCAG2017.

Two room rates are available:
- $279 for a guest room with 1 King or 2 double beds
- $319 for an executive suite

Reservations can be made 3 ways:
1. Visit www.georgiancourt.com select dates of stay, and enter BCAG2017 on the group no. field
2. Email reservations@georgiancourt.com with “BC Army Gala - May 6” on the subject line
3. Call 604-682-5555, select option 1, mention the BC Army Gala room rate

NOTE: Room reservations must be made prior to April 6, 2017 in order for the discount to apply.


2017 BC Army Gala Menu:

Mesclun Greens
Organic Mixed Greens, Pumpkin Seeds, seasonal vegetables topped with a carrot rose

House Blueberry Vinaigrette
Balsamic Vinaigrette
Served with artisan breads and butter

Braised Short Rib
Slow Cooked Beef Short Ribs, Local Misty Mountain Mushroom jus served on Roasted Cauliflower Mash, served with asparagus, carrots and red pepper

Vegetarian Option: Arugula Gnocchi (Gluten Free)
Pan Seared Gnocchi, Arugula Pesto, Parmesan Petals with seasonal Vegetables

Decadent Chocolate Mousse
House Belgian Chocolate Mousse with sugared blueberries

2017 BC Army Gala WINE LIST:

Great White North Okanagan blend - $15
(Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Chasselas)
Discover the true flavours of the North. This classic cool climate wine will be the perfect match with BC West Coast seafood, wild mountain mushrooms from the Kootenays or some juicy steak from the Cariboo region.

St. Hubertus Vineyard Pinot Blanc - $20
This wine is just made for the West coast. have it on the beach with a pot full of steaming crab, some salmon on a cedar plank or in the mountain with some sausage, hard goat cheese and farmers bread. Pinot Blanc is a great wine with delicate ripe apple, pear and peach aromas.

Oak Bay Vineyard Gamay Noir - $20
A characteristic Beaujolais. Our Gamay shows intense black cherry, peppery, mineral aromas with very light, dry tannins. Perfect for your ski party at the chalet! Also serve with Birch syrup-roasted Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Hazelnut Sauce or wild BC Sablefish over lentils with vinaigrette. 

Oak Bay Vineyard M.Foch - $25
BIG & BOLD! BC's first cult wine. Rich and jammy with intense plum nose, the palate has hints of brambles, spice, tobacco leaf and vanilla. serve with Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Sautéed Chanterelles or Coffee and Chocolate Braised short Ribs.



The Charity

The Charity


The Mainland BC Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) is a Not-For-Profit charitable organization that provides programs and services to the Canadian Armed Forces Members and their Families in the Mainland BC area.

The Military Family Support Program (MFSP) is implemented through Military Family Resource Centres at all Canadian bases, wings and stations, as well as at some foreign locations. Its programs provide needed information, support and referral; promote health and social well-being; buffer lifestyle stresses; enhance coping skills; assist in preventing individual, family and community breakdown; and help individuals or families in distress. 

Professional staff and volunteers provide programs in five mandated areas: information and referral; children and youth; education and quality of life, which includes deployment assistance and employment assistance; volunteer development and involvement as well as crisis intervention.


Each Military Family Resource Centre is normally incorporated as a not-for-profit agency in the province in which it is located. It is governed by a community elected Board of Directors of which at least 51% must be spouses/partners of regular force CAF members. Each Board works in partnership with the local military commander to serve the needs of all CAF families in the area. Outside Canada, Military Family Resource Centres have an Advisory Board to the local commander. 

Since 1991, Military Family Resource Centres have become an integral part of the CAF lifestyle. The incorporated not for profit agency model has opened the door to various local and provincial grants and fundraising opportunities. MFRCs have over 700 full and part-time employees, many of them spouses of CAF members, and in excess of 1500 other CAF community members who serve as volunteers at centres across Canada.

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If you prefer, please email us directly at info@bcarmygala.ca