Remembrance Day ceremonies take place throughout Metro Vancouver on November 11th each year including in Burnaby at Confederation Park and Bonsor Park.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the general public is not supposed to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies or parades in 2020. Burnaby ceremonies are still scheduled to take place, but they are private and by invitation only.
For more information about the private events, visit the BC Legion website.
Click Vancouver Remembrance Day Events for information about ceremonies all over the Lower Mainland, or continue reading to learn about Burnaby’s main November 11th events that happen most years.
Remembrance Day in Burnaby
North Burnaby Ceremony & Parade
In years without a pandemic, the Remembrance Day event in North Burnaby includes a parade followed by a ceremony beside the running track at Confederation Park.
The parade usually starts at around 10:40 am from near the McGill Library at 4595 Albert Street. The procession of veterans, cadets, military officers, police and other participants marches down Albert Street before turning up Alpha Avenue and finishing at the park.
The ceremony at Confederation Park typically takes place at the Cenotaph which is on Penzance Drive almost across the street from the Burnaby Central Railway which is located at 120 North Willingdon Avenue.
The North Burnaby Remembrance Day parade starts shortly after 10:30 am most years, and the ceremony runs from 11 o’clock until around noon. About 500 or so people typically attend and, in some years, the ceremony features a flyover by military aircraft (including sometimes vintage ones from a bygone era).
The service at Confederation Park in 2019 started with the singing of O Canada followed by a prayer. Next, VIPs and official guests were introduced, the Last Post was played and there was the traditional 2 minutes of silence. After this there was the laying of wreaths by the Cenotaph and a flyover by aircraft. The service then ended with a closing ceremony and march off.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the public is not encouraged to attend ceremonies in 2020.
Check out the BC Legion website for more details about the North Burnaby event.
South Burnaby Ceremony & Parade
The Remembrance Day event in South Burnaby happens not far from Metrotown. Similar to the North Burnaby event, it typically features both a parade and a traditional ceremony.
In 2019 the parade started between around 10:15 and 10:30 am at the corner of Bennett Street and Marlborough Avenue by Fire Hall #3 which is located at 6511 Marlborough. From there the parade went for a block along Bennett Street before turning south down Nelson Avenue to Bonsor Park at Jubilee Avenue.
The South Burnaby Remembrance Day ceremony usually takes place at the Cenotaph in the park at the corner of Jubilee Street and Nelson Avenue. It begins at 11 o’clock and runs for about an hour most years.
The event is still taking place in 2020, but by invitation only, which means the general public is discouraged from attending.
Check out the BC Legion’s Burnaby South page for more information.
For information about similar events in other communities on November 11th, click Lower Mainland Remembrance Day Ceremonies.
To learn about the area see our article about Burnaby.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s November Calendar
- Free November Activities
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- Vancouver Christmas Craft Fairs