When and where the first Orange lodge met in what is now the Dominion of Canada, none can tell. We look back to 1830 as the date at which the association was established in this country by Ogle R. Gowan. It was in January of that year that the Grand Lodge was first instituted. Long before that date, however, Orange lodges were meeting in different parts of the country. There was no attempt made to create an organization until Ogle R. Gowan came to Canada. How many isolated lodges were working is not on record. It seems clear, however, that gatherings of Orangemen were held in Toronto, Montreal, St. John, N.B., the County of Carleton and other points that were not in possession of any warrant and could not therefore be called lodges. They consisted of groups of Orangemen who had been initiated in the old country and coming in contact in their new homes they held social gatherings from which, no doubt, they derived a great deal of pleasure and kept alive their zeal for the cause.
It is undoubtedly the case that the British regiments and ships of the Navy that were stationed in and about Canada at the beginning of the 19th century had Orange lodges.
Naval and Military Lodges were the First to have Meetings in Canada-then followed isolated Lodges and the Formation of the Grand Lodge