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.
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.
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 usually 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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Remembrance Day ceremony in Port Coquitlam was not open to the public in 2020. However, following the ceremonies the Legion (Branch #133) hosted an open house reception for the community that began at about 12:30 pm at 2675 Shaughnessy Street. Advanced reservations were required.
In 2021 the ceremonies were once again closed to the public. Hopefully this isn’t the case in 2022.
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 a list of similar events in other parts of the Lower Mainland see our article about Vancouver Remembrance Day Events.