COVID-19 REMEMBRANCE DAY
Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, the general public is not encouraged to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2020. The main ceremony in West Vancouver is a private event this year.
Visit the West Vancouver website for recommendations of other ways to honor the fallen.
Remembrance Day in West Vancouver
In normal years, the Remembrance Day event in West Vancouver runs from 10:45 until 11:30 am. It begins with a parade starting at around Marine Drive and 15th Street. The procession heads west along the main road for a few blocks and then stops in front of Memorial Park which is located between 19th and 20th Streets on Marine Drive.
The parade begins at 10:45 most years and involves between 100 and 200 participants including a dozen or so veteran seniors, a large contingent of cadets, a few members of the military, local police and fire departments, and the West Vancouver Youth Band.
The procession typically marches just 4 or so blocks along Marine Drive before stopping in front of the Memorial Arch at Memorial Park. The Remembrance Day ceremony takes place there starting at around five minutes before eleven.
The West Vancouver Remembrance Day ceremony features the usual two minutes of silence at 11 o’clock, the laying of wreathes, and a prayer and short speech or two. It’s a fairly short service and usually finishes at around 11:30.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your Remembrance Day experience in West Vancouver.
TIP #1: The event in West Vancouver is a nice one, and it’s fairly short. It includes a small parade and the ceremony includes everything you’d expect, but lasts for only about half an hour (which makes it perfect for folk of all ages and attention spans).
TIP #2: Another nice thing about the West Vancouver event is its location. Dundarave Beach is close by, as is the West Van Aquatic Centre. The former is perfect for walks, picnics and fun on the playground apparatus after the service in years when the weather is good. The latter is popular for post-ceremony exercise, swimming and playing in the pools, especially on days when it’s raining.
TIP #3: Combine your outing to the West Van Remembrance Day ceremony with a visit to places of interest in the area. In addition to Dundarave Beach and the Aquatic Centre, other places within easy driving distance include Ambleside Park and the Park Royal shopping centre in one direction, and Lighthouse Park and Whytecliff Park in the other.
For more information about the November 11th event on Marine Drive at Memorial Park see the District of North Vancouver‘s website.
For details about other similar events see our article about Remembrance Day in North Vancouver, or, for a list of November 11th ceremonies all over the Lower Mainland, click Metro Vancouver Remembrance Day Events.
For information about other things to do both this month and at other times of the year, check out any of the following: