There is a lot happening in Vancouver over the Remembrance Day weekend most years including various winter markets and November 11th parades and ceremonies.
November Remembrance Day Weekend
The Remembrance Day in 2020 was on a Wednesday. It wasn’t a typical Remembrance Day, however, because of COVID-19. Most events were cancelled. Those that did still happen were either online or by invitation only and for smaller groups. In 2021, November 11th will be on a Thursday.
Below is a list of what happened in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland over the holiday weekend a couple of years ago (when in-person ceremonies last took place). 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.
Remembrance Day Events
There are lots of Remembrance Day parades and ceremonies taking place in the Lower Mainland on November 11th most years. The following happened in 2019 (but didn’t in 2020 but hopefully will again in 2021):
- Burnaby – ceremonies at both Confederation Park (in North Burnaby) and Bonsor Park (in South Burnaby).
- Coquitlam – a procession followed by a ceremony by Como Lake School and Blue Mountain Park.
- Fort Langley – ceremonies at the Fort Langley Cemetery
- Maple Ridge – a parade along 224th Street and ceremonies at the Memorial Peace Park.
- New Westminster – ceremonies and a parade in and around the Royal Westminster Regiment Armouries.
- City of North Vancouver – a parade from the Armoury and ceremonies at Victoria Park.
- District of North Vancouver – a maritime-themed event at Cates Park.
- Pitt Meadows – a parade along Harris Road and ceremonies at Spirit Square.
- Port Coquitlam – a parade from the community centre followed by a service at Veterans Park outside Port Coquitlam City Hall.
- Port Moody – a parade, ceremony and other activities in Port Moody.
- Richmond – a parade and ceremony at the Cenotaph by Richmond City Hall at 6911 Minoru Boulevard.
- Surrey – ceremonies and family-friendly activities at the Cenotaph by the Surrey Museum in Cloverdale at 17710 56A Avenue.
- 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.
- West Vancouver – a parade and ceremony on Marine Drive in West Vancouver.
In addition to the above, there are also over two dozen other Remembrance Day events taking place throughout the Lower Mainland in the morning of November 11th.
For a more complete list of event venues and additional information click Vancouver Remembrance Day.
Other Remembrance Day Weekend Events
Other events that took place on the Remembrance Day Weekend on different days a couple of years ago are listed below (and the same or similar will hopefully happen again in 2021).
Saturday, November 9, 2019
- Craft Fairs
- 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
- Riley Park Farmers Market – dozens of artisan and fresh produce vendors at Vancouver’s weekly Saturday market at Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street from 10 am until 2 pm.
- Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour in the morning, the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour in the afternoon and both the Forbidden Vancouver Tour and Lost Souls of Gastown in the evening.
- The Sound of Music – shows at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage in Vancouver.
- Cirque du Soleil – Luzia shows at Concord Pacific Place. TIP: Book a night’s accommodations via the website StayVancouverHotels.com and get 50% off up to two Cirque du Soleil tickets.
- Chutzpah Festival – the Jewish performing arts festival takes place at various Vancouver venues including the Norman Rothstein Theatre at 950 West 41st Avenue.
- Salmon Expo at the Cannery – a Salmon Science Expo event happens at the National Historic Site in Steveston Village between 12 and 4 pm. Admission is free.
Sunday, November 10, 2019
- Circle Craft Market – a Christmas market with over 300 Canadian artists and artisans at the Vancouver Convention Centre on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is a great place to support local artists, get a start on your Christmas shopping and admire all kinds of crafty creations.
- Cascadia Remembers – the Cascadia Wind Ensemble performs a special Remembrance Day concert at 3 pm at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium at 32315 South Fraser Way in Abbotsford.
- Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir – With Glowing Hearts concert featuring music and songs of remembrance performed along with the 15th Field Artillery Regiment at Massey Theatre at 735 8th Avenue in New Westminster..
- Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today’s tours are the Really Gay History Tour in Vancouver’s West End and the Forbidden Vancouver Tour in Gastown.
- Roedde House Classical Concert Series – the Primario Trio performs at the Roedde House Museum in Vancouver.
- Jazz Vespers – performances happen in the afternoon at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church (in the salons) in Vancouver and at Northwood United Church at in Surrey. Admission by donation.
- Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market – Vancouver’s weekly Sunday market at the Hastings Skatepark by the PNE between 10 am and 2 pm. Free parking and admission.
Monday, November 11, 2019
- Circle Craft Market – a Christmas market with over 300 Canadian artists and artisans at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Today at 11 am there is a moment of silence and then bagpipes played to commemorate the importance of the day.)
- Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir – With Glowing Hearts concert featuring music and songs of remembrance performed along with the 15th Field Artillery Regiment at Tsawwassen’s South Delta Baptist Church.
For other events taking place this month check out the November Calendar.
To see what’s happening next month see the December Calendar.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Metro Vancouver
- Vancouver Festivals and Events
- Places for History and Culture
- Vancouver on a Budget