Masonry in Vancouver is a diverse fraternity with a history spanning centuries. The organization has thousands of members across British Columbia and the Yukon and promotes good citizenship, kindness and charitable giving. It also encourages men to work together to make a positive impact on the world around them.
A Freemason is someone who cares about others, wants to do good things for their community and makes the best of his own life. The group has many chapters in Vancouver and it is a great place to meet new people, learn about different cultures and traditions and build friendships that last a lifetime.
The earliest records of Freemasonry date back to 600 years ago and the society has evolved into a complex network of secret symbols, rituals and passwords. The organization has a global reach and is one of the largest fraternities in the world, but it is not a religion or a political or welfare organisation.
In Canada, there are dozens of lodges and over 80 halls (a kind of regional unit) where Freemasons meet in local communities. In the past few years, Freemasonry has become more popular in B.C., and more than a dozen premiers have had connections to the organization, according to the Grand Lodge of B.C. and Yukon, which has a comprehensive website detailing the history of the group in the province.
Aside from that, Freemasonry is a strong social network with a history of giving back to the community. Its motto is “to do good, to help others and to make the world a better place.”
Masonry is the oldest and largest fraternity in the world with more than 500 million members. Its members range from all walks of life and are tolerant of differences in belief and culture.
Some of the most famous members masonry in Vancouver are politicians, such as 18 Vancouver mayors, 13 B.C. Premiers, nine lieutenant governors and six prime ministers.
However, there are some myths and conspiracy theories surrounding the Freemasons that have made them a target for ridicule. This is largely due to the fact that the organization is secretive and complex. The anti-mason feelings and theories have inspired an academic term, masonophobia.
There are also some people who believe that the Masons practice Satanism or have a secret agenda. That is something that the Grand Lodge of BC and Yukon refutes.
Despite these beliefs, the Freemasons are an important part of the culture and history of Canada. The society has been around for more than 150 years and has a presence across the province with over 80 halls and over 140 lodges.
The Vancouver Masonic Centre is the flagship for masonic societies in Vancouver and is the meeting space where all local lodges can gather. It was redeveloped in 2022 to meet the needs of the membership and provide a modern space for meetings, events and gatherings.
Its website has an in-depth section about the history of Freemasonry in Vancouver and it also has a history of the building that houses it. The centre also includes several other features that make it a great place to host Masonic meetings and activities, such as a large library with a masonic collection, a gym, an art gallery, meeting rooms, a kitchen and dining room and more.