Remembrance Day in Port Coquitlam is commemorated on November 11th with a service, parade, ceremonies and then an open house at the Royal Canadian Legion.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Remembrance Day ceremony in Port Coquitlam is not open to the public in 2020. However, following private ceremonies, a reception is taking place inside the Legion. Advanced reservations are required as seating is limited.
For more information about the reception, visit the BC Legion‘s website.
For a list of ceremonies in other municipalities click Remembrance Day in Metro Vancouver. See below though for information about the main November 11th event in Port Coquitlam that happens most years.
Remembrance Day in Port Coquitlam
Remembrance Day is a day to honour Canadians who have fought for their country and to remember past wars.
In years when there isn’t a pandemic, the Remembrance Day events in Port Coquitlam usually begin with an indoor service at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre at 2150 Wilson Avenue at 9:30 am. The ceremony is usually about an hour long.
Following the service at the community centre veterans, police officers, cadets and members of the local Royal Canadian Legion parade down Wilson Avenue and then Shaughnessy Street. The parade typically concludes at the Cenotaph at Veterans Park in front of Port Coquitlam’s City Hall.
The formal Remembrance Day ceremonies begin at around 11:00 am most years. These usually take place at the Cenotaph at Veterans Park at 2580 Shaughnessy Street and run until around noon. The traditional 2 minutes of silence and the laying of wreathes are included in the ceremonies.
Following the ceremonies, the Legion (Branch #133) hosts an open house reception for the community that typically begins at 12:30 pm at 2675 Shaughnessy Street. This is scheduled to happen in 2020, but exact details are to be confirmed. Advanced reservations are required since seating is limited.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips to help you make the most out of your November 11th experience in Port Coquitlam.
TIP #1: The ceremony at Veterans Park is outdoors, so dress for the weather. It may be cold and/or raining, so jackets and umbrellas are recommended.
TIP #2: Similar to other events, there are road closures for the parade. Plan your route ahead of time, or take public transit to avoid the traffic.
TIP #3: Don’t forget to wear your poppy.
For more details about the above event see the City of Port Coquitlam‘s website.
For a list of similar events in other parts of the Lower Mainland see our article about Vancouver Remembrance Day Events.