Cornwall hosting Royal Canadian Legion District Convention

Royal Canadian Legion District Convention

(From left) Legion 2nd Vice President Ron Racine, 1st Vice President Bernadette Heagle, President Linda Fisher and Deputy District Commander Ken Heagle.

Over 400 residents from across eastern Ontario will be visiting Cornwall for three days in April for the Royal Canadian Legion District Convention.

Hosted by Cornwall’s John McMartin Memorial Branch 297, the three-day district convention will host attendees from 63 different Legion branches in eastern Ontario – from as far west as Napanee, north to Petawawa and east to the Quebec border. The event runs from Friday, April 20th to Sunday, April 22nd.

“We are quite proud to be hosting the district convention,” said Legion Branch 297 President Linda Fisher. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase our Branch and our great City and to encourage them to visit again.”

It’s expected that 170 delegates will be in attendance along with spouses and other attendees, generating significant economic spin-offs in the form of hotel room stays and restaurant and store visits.

The convention will include social and business gatherings along with opportunities for attendees to sight-see and explore the City. There will also be a ceremonial parade (weather permitting) to the Cenotaph on Second Street West on Saturday, April 21st.

“We’ve hosted the district convention before and we are expecting another great turnout this time around,” said Deputy District Commander Ken Heagle.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 297 is one of the largest branches in the district and over the years it has had a strong presence within the Legion. Former Branch Presidents Larry Keen served as President of the Ontario Provincial Command while fellow former President George O’Dair served as Vice-President of the Dominion executive of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Sponsorship opportunities
Local businesses that wish to sponsor or provide promotional gifts for the convention are welcome to contact the Legion. Please email

Planning to attend?
Cornwall has a variety of great accommodation options just minutes from the Hometown Hockey festivities. For more information, check out our Accommodations page.

Additional Events
Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Make sure to check out our Events page for info on upcoming events in the area!

Additional Information
Planning a visit to Cornwall? Cornwall Tourism can help. Email us at to request a copy of our Visitor Guide or contact us at (613) 933-0074. You can also stop by our Visitor Information Centre at 100 Water Street East (inside the Civic Complex).

Follow Cornwall Tourism on Facebook
Follow Cornwall Tourism on Twitter

Article by Kevin Lajoie

< Back to news