Remembrance Day ceremonies take place throughout Metro Vancouver on November 11th each year including in Burnaby at Confederation Park and Bonsor Park.
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 in 2023.
Remembrance Day in Burnaby
North Burnaby Ceremony & Parade
The Remembrance Day event in North Burnaby includes a parade followed by a ceremony beside the running track at Confederation Park.
The parade starts at around 10:00 am from near the McGill Library at 4595 Albert Street. Veterans, cadets, military officers, police and other participants march 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.
About 500 or so people typically attend. In some years, the ceremony features a flyover by military aircraft, including sometimes vintage ones from a bygone era. This doesn’t appear to be the case in 2023.
The service at Confederation Park usually begins with the singing of O Canada followed by a prayer. Next, VIPs and official guests are introduced, the Last Post is played and there is the traditional 2 minutes of silence. After this there is the laying of wreaths by the Cenotaph. The service then ends with a closing ceremony and march off.
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.
The parade starts outside the Legion building at 5289 Grimmer Street. It begins at 10:20 am in 2023. From there the parade makes its way to Bonsor Park. The South Burnaby Remembrance Day ceremony takes place at the Cenotaph in the park at the corner of Jubilee Street and Nelson Avenue.
To learn more about the above events, see the City of Burnaby‘s website.
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