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Remembrance Day Weekend in Metro Vancouver in 2021

Remembrance Day Events

There is a lot happening in Vancouver over the Remembrance Day weekend most years including various winter markets and November 11th parades and ceremonies.

Because of COVID-19, however, 2021 isn’t a typical year. As a result, in most cases, Remembrance Day ceremonies this year are mostly either private events, by invitation only, or taking place just online.

 

November Remembrance Day Weekend

Remembrance Day in 2021 is on a Thursday. It isn’t a typical Remembrance Day, however, because of COVID-19. Events that are happening are mostly for smaller groups and by invitation only. Some events might not be happening at all this year.

Below is a list of what happens in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland over the holiday weekend (which is a long weekend for people taking the Friday off as an extra day). The list includes Remembrance Day ceremonies, craft and winter markets, and other events and activities.

For a list of November 11th events at specific locations throughout the region, click Lower Mainland Remembrance Day Venues.

 

North Vancouver Remembrance Day Parade
Remembrance Day Parade in North Vancouver

 

Remembrance Day Events

There are lots of Remembrance Day parades and ceremonies that take place in the Lower Mainland on November 11th most years:

  • Burnaby – ceremonies at both Confederation Park in North Burnaby and Bonsor Park in South Burnaby. (No public ceremonies in 2021.)
  • Coquitlam – a procession followed by a ceremony by Como Lake School and Blue Mountain Park. (Invite-only in 2021.)
  • Fort Langley – ceremonies at the Fort Langley Cemetery. (Private event in 2021.)
  • Maple Ridge – a parade along 224th Street and ceremonies at the Memorial Peace Park. (No public parade or ceremonies in 2021.)
  • New Westminster – ceremonies and a parade in and around the Royal Westminster Regiment Armouries. (Happening as a virtual event in 2021.)
  • City of North Vancouver – a parade from the Armoury and ceremonies at Victoria Park. (Invite-only in 2021.)
  • District of North Vancouver – a maritime-themed event at Cates Park. (Not happening as a public event in 2021.)
  • Pitt Meadows – a parade along Harris Road and ceremonies at Spirit Square. (No public processions in 2021.)
  • Port Coquitlam – a parade from the community centre followed by a service at Veterans Park outside Port Coquitlam City Hall. (2021 ceremonies are not open to the public.)
  • Port Moody – a parade, ceremony and other activities in Port Moody. (No public events take place in 2021.)
  • Richmond – a parade and ceremony at the Cenotaph by Richmond City Hall at 6911 Minoru Boulevard. (Happening as a virtual event this year.)
  • Surrey – ceremonies and family-friendly activities at the Cenotaph by the Surrey Museum in Cloverdale at 17710 56A Avenue. (Taking place online in 2021.)
  • Vancouver – a parade and ceremony at the Victory Square Cenotaph at the corner of West Hastings and Cambie Street. A smaller event also takes place at Stanley Park, and another happens at the University of British Columbia. (The Victory Square and Stanley Park ceremonies are invite-only in 2021. Seats are limited for the UBC ceremony. All three are also available online.)
  • West Vancouver – a parade and ceremony on Marine Drive in West Vancouver. (No public gatherings in 2021.)

In addition to the above, there are also over two dozen other Remembrance Day events that take place throughout the Lower Mainland the morning of November 11th most years.

For a more complete list of event venues and additional information click Vancouver Remembrance Day.

 

Canadian Mountie on Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day in Pitt Meadows

 

Other Remembrance Day Weekend Events

Remembrance Day is on a Thursday in 2021. This means that while it’s not part of the weekend, people can still try and turn it into a long weekend. For those looking for different events to take part in on November 11th and the following days, below are some options.

 

Thursday, November 11, 2021

  • Circle Craft Market – a Christmas market with over 300 Canadian artists and artisans at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Today at 11 am there is likely to be a moment of silence and then bagpipes played to commemorate the importance of the day.)
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Forbidden Vancouver Tour and Lost Souls of Gastown Tour in the evening.
  • Chutzpah Festival – the Jewish performing arts festival takes place at various Vancouver venues including the Norman Rothstein Theatre at 950 West 41st Avenue.

 

Friday, November 12, 2021

  • Circle Craft Market – a Christmas market with over 300 Canadian artists and artisans at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This is a great place to support local artists, get a start on your Christmas shopping and admire all kinds of crafty creations.
  • Bear Creek Park Light Festival – a free event with plenty of light displays to explore in Surrey’s Bear Creek Park in the evening.
  • Chutzpah Festival – the Vancouver Jewish Performing Arts Festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Shows in 2021 are available both in-person and on-line.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Forbidden Vancouver Tour and Lost Souls of Gastown Tour in the evening.
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre shows at Granville Island. These are geared more towards adults.

 

Saturday, November 13, 2021

  • Vancouver Christmas Market – the opening day of the famous market in Jack Poole Plaza. There are vendors, a carousel, food stalls, and plenty more to explore.
  • Circle Craft Market – a Christmas market with over 300 Canadian artists and artisans at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This is a great place to support local artists, get a start on your Christmas shopping and admire all kinds of crafty creations.
  • Farmers Markets
    • Fort Langley Village Farmers Market – located in the parking lot outside St. Andrews Historic Church at 9025 Glover Road from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
    • Riley Park Farmers Market – located in both Riley Park as well as the parking lot of Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Bear Creek Park Light Festival – a free event with plenty of light displays to explore in Surrey’s Bear Creek Park in the evening.
  • Chutzpah Festival – the Vancouver Jewish Performing Arts Festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Shows in 2021 are available both in-person and on-line.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour in the morning, and the Forbidden Vancouver Tour and Lost Souls of Gastown Tour in the evening.
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre shows at Granville Island. These are geared more towards adults.

 

Sunday, November 14, 2021

  • Vancouver Christmas Market – the famous Christmas market in Jack Poole Plaza. There are vendors, a carousel, food stalls, and plenty more to explore.
  • Circle Craft Market – a Christmas market with over 300 Canadian artists and artisans at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This is a great place to support local artists, get a start on your Christmas shopping and admire all kinds of crafty creations.
  • Farmers Markets
  • Bear Creek Park Light Festival – a free event with plenty of light displays to explore in Surrey’s Bear Creek Park in the evening.
  • Chutzpah Festival – the Vancouver Jewish Performing Arts Festival at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Shows in 2021 are available both in-person and on-line.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour and the Really Gay History Tour in the morning, and the Forbidden Vancouver Tour and Lost Souls of Gastown Tour in the evening.
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre shows at Granville Island. These are geared more towards adults.

 

Other Information

For other events taking place this month check out the November Calendar.

To learn more about Remembrance Day see the Royal Canadian Legion‘s website.

To see what’s happening next month see the December Calendar.

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