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.
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.
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.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Remembrance Day Weekend in Vancouver
- Vancouver’s November Calendar
- Free Events in November
- Vancouver’s Best Parks and Places in Nature
- Vancouver’s Best Places in Autumn