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North Vancouver’s Cates Park Remembrance Day Ceremony

Remembrance Day at Cates Park

North Shore Remembrance Day events take place in West Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and, in the District of North Vancouver, at Cates Park.


COVID-19 REMEMBRANCE DAY

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the main Remembrance Day ceremony in the District of North Vancouver is not open to the public in 2020.

Visit the District of North Vancouver‘s website for more details and suggestions of what to do on Remembrance Day.


The City of North Vancouver holds its main event at Victory Park just off Lonsdale Avenue, and the District of West Vancouver holds its at Memorial Park on Marine Drive.

Click Remembrance Day in City of North Van or Remembrance Day in West Vancouver for information about those two events. For details about the ceremony at Cates Park in normal years, see below.

Cates Park on Remembrance Day
Cates Park after the Remembrance Day ceremony

Remembrance Day in Cates Park

The City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver are two separate municipalities and they each have their own Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11th each year.

In years when there isn’t a global pandemic, the District of North Vancouver has its main Remembrance Day event at Cates Park which is located at 4141 Dollarton Highway just a short drive from the village of Deep Cove. The event there is a smaller one and it is usually hosted by the Burrard Yacht Club.

Cates Park itself is a beautiful venue, so a nice place to explore or enjoy a picnic after the ceremony (assuming good weather). There is a pier, walking trails along the waterfront and a giant kids’ playground.

The Cates Park Ceremonies

The ceremony at Cates Park typically starts at around 10:15 am or shortly after. In years that the event is open to the public, it attracts several hundred people and includes the usual two minutes of silence, a prayer, a short talk by a local dignitary or two, and the laying of wreathes. An area choir also often sings.

At the Remembrance Day event in 2019 participating vessels from the Burrard Yacht Club began to gather just off Roche Point at Cates Park prior to 10:30.

A couple of minutes before 11 o’clock the Vice Commodore ordered the flotilla to attention, Psalm 107 (verses 23-31) were read, the Last Post was played and then a cannon was fired. In typical years, there is then the traditional two minutes of silence. This is usually followed by the Reveille bugle call at which time all vessels masthead their ensigns (i.e., raise their national flags). The event then finishes with a prayer and a hymn.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the general public is not encouraged to attend the 2020 ceremonies in Cates Park.

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Other Information

For more details about the Remembrance Day event at Cates Park in normal years, see the Burrard Yacht Club‘s website.

For information about November 11th events in other Lower Mainland municipalities click Remembrance Day in Metro Vancouver.

To learn about the region and other things to do in the immediate area, click Deep Cove, North Vancouver or Vancouver’s North Shore.

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