Remembrance Day is on November 11 and on that day there are ceremonies, parades and other events throughout Vancouver to mark the occasion.
In 2017 November 11th was on a Saturday.
2017 Lower Mainland Events
There are over 30 different Remembrance Day events in the Lower Mainland every November 11th. Below is a list of just some of the events in 2017 including ones at the following locations:
Note: Remembrance Day event details may change. Check with your local Legion or municipal government website for exact information, or check out the Canadian Legion website.
If you are unfamiliar with this holiday, click Remembrance Day to learn about the significance of the occasion.
Remembrance Day in Abbotsford
- A parade is followed by the laying of wreaths at Thunderbird Square on Veterans Way behind the City Hall by the Clearbrook Library. The parade begins to form on November 11 at 10:30 am at the corner of Garden and Simon Streets.
Remembrance Day in Burnaby
- The parade in North Burnaby begins at 10:45 am from the Safeway parking lot at 4440 Hastings Street and is followed by a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Confederation Park Cenotaph.
- Remembrance Day events in South Burnaby include a parade starting at 10:30 am at the corner of Nelson Avenue and Bennett Street and a service at 11 am at the Cenotaph at the corner of Nelson and Jubilee Street.
- Suggestion: Deer Lake, Confederation Park and Burnaby Mountain are all pretty this time of year. If the weather is good, go for a nice walk and explore after the services. If it’s rainy, however, don’t forget that Metropolis at Metrotown is a good indoor place to be (if you like shopping) and not far from the South Burnaby event.
Remembrance Day in Coquitlam
- The Remembrance Day procession in Coquitlam starts at 9:45 am by Como Lake Middle School at 1121 King Albert Avenue and proceeds down Winslow Avenue to the Cenotaph on Veteran’s Way at the east end of Blue Mountain Park starting at around 10:40. The parade is then followed by ceremonies at the Cenotaph.
- Suggestion: There are lots of nice places in the area to go for a walk or bike ride afterwards. Sasamat Lake and Buntzen Lake are especially beautiful and not too far away. Mundy Park is also a nice place to walk around.
Remembrance Day in Delta
- There will be a Remembrance Day parade in South Delta (Ladner) on November 11th starting at 10:15 am from the Legion at 4896 Delta Street and finishing at the Cenotaph at Ladner Memorial Park at 5010-47th Avenue in time for a ceremony at 10:45. Parking is available near both the park and the Legion. The parade is actually more of a procession of kids and their parents than a full parade, but nice for members of the local community.
- There is also a Remembrance Day ceremony in Tsawwassen at Century Square at 1835 56th Street at 1:30 pm. At that event the Delta Police Pipe Band performs and there are light refreshments after the ceremony.
- Suggestion: While in Delta, consider a trip out to the Reifel Bird Sanctuary if the weather is good. The snow geese are at their peak around Remembrance Day most years, as are the ducks.
Remembrance Day in Fort Langley
- Remembrance Day ceremonies in the historic town of Fort Langley take place at the gardens across from Saint Andrews Cemetery at 23105 Glover Road. At the event the public is invited to walk through the garden and plant a few poppy seeds or light a candle in memory of those who have died and served in the Canadian Armed Forces.
- Suggestion: After the ceremony go for a stroll or bike ride along the river or go visit the fort (which offers free admission in 2017 thanks to Canada’s 150th anniversary).
Remembrance Day in Langley
- The parade on November 11th in Langley starts at 10:25 am at the Legion which is located at 20570 56th Avenue. The parade then proceeds to Douglas Park where the ceremonies continue at the new cenotaph site and include the traditional moment of silence at 11 am.
Remembrance Day in Maple Ridge
- The parade in Maple Ridge starts at 10:30 in the morning from the Legion Building at 12101-224th Street and proceeds to the cenotaph in Memorial Peace Park near City Hall where the official ceremony takes place.
- Suggestion: After the ceremony, if the weather is good, check out the fall colours at Golden Ears Provincial Park or go for a walk or bike ride by Pitt Lake or at Kanaka Creek Regional Park.
Remembrance Day in New Westminster
- Ceremonies take place in BC’s former colonial capital at the Royal Westminster Regiment Armouries at the corner of 6th and Queens. Following the ceremonies there is a parade to the Cenotaph at the front of City Hall where the traditional two minutes of silence and wreath laying occur. Note that the doors to the Armouries close at 9:45 am so participants need to assemble by 9:30.
- Suggestion: A nice place for a walk or leisurely cycle ride after the Remembrance Day event is along the New Westminster waterfront or in Queens Park.
Remembrance Day in North Vancouver
- The Remembrance Day parade and ceremony in North Vancouver is a fair-sized affair, although smaller than the one in downtown Vancouver at Victory Square and the main ones in municipalities like Richmond and Surrey. The North Vancouver event begins at the Armoury at Forbes Avenue and 15th Street and proceeds to the Victoria Park Cenotaph on East Keith Road near Lonsdale Avenue. The parade usually begins shortly before 9:30 and the ceremonies go until around 11:30 am. Click Remembrance Day in North Van for details.
- In addition to the Victoria Park service, Remembrance Day ceremonies also take place at Cates Park at 4141 Dollarton Highway starting at 10:30 am.
- Suggestion: While on the North Shore check out any of North Vancouver‘s world-class attractions and parks including Lynn Canyon Park, Deep Cove, Lonsdale Quay and Rice Lake.
Remembrance Day in Richmond
- In Richmond there is a parade on November 11th at 10:20 am followed by a ceremony at the Cenotaph on the east side of Richmond City Hall (at 6911 No. 3 Road) at 10:40, 2 minutes of silence at 11:00 and then a laying of wreaths. Ending at about noon, the ceremony also includes a performance of the poem “In Flanders Fields” by the RC Palmer Secondary School Choir, as well as buglers and pipers playing the Last Post, Lament and Reveille. Click Richmond Remembrance Day Ceremony for further details.
- Suggestion: After the ceremonies check out the fall colours in nearby Minoru Park, or go for a stroll or bike ride along the waterfront in Steveston Village.
Remembrance Day in Surrey
- Ceremonies take place at the Cloverdale Cenotaph by the Surrey Museum at 17710 56A Avenue from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. After the official ceremony there is a short procession along 176a Street. Also, event activities include “peaceful crafts” for children, opportunities to write postcards to veterans, and the showing of Second World War films in the museum’s theatre.
- Remembrance Day ceremonies also take place in the Crescent Beach area of Surrey, beginning at 10:30 in the morning at the Legion Hall at 2643 128th Street. The service there is indoors, thus good if it rains, and all are welcome to attend.
- Suggestion: While in Surrey, consider visiting Bear Creek Park to check out the fall colours, or if in the Crescent Beach area go for a stroll along the waterfront or through Elgin Heritage Park.
Remembrance Day in Vancouver
Remembrance Day events take place in a number of locations around Vancouver on November 11, including at the Cenotaph at Victory Square downtown and in Stanley Park at the Japanese Canadian War Memorial.
- The ceremony at the Cenotaph at Victory Square is particularly impressive. Starting at 9:45 am and taking place at the park at the corner of West Hastings Street and Cambie, the service includes a performance by the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir, the sounds of a 21-gun salute by the 15th Field Artillery Regiment firing from Portside Park, and a Royal Canadian Air Force fly-past, weather permitting. Click Downtown Parade and Ceremony for more information.
- The ceremony at the Japanese Canadian Cenotaph in Stanley Park starts at 10:40 am. What’s special about this service is that it takes place in Stanley Park which is especially stunning this time of year with its fall colours.
- Suggestion: While in the downtown area, and especially if at the Japanese Canadian Cenotaph ceremonies, wander around Stanley Park afterwards and enjoy some of the best fall colours in the Lower Mainland. Close to the Victory Square ceremonies, in Chinatown, the fall colours are also nice at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and, a drive further south, Queen Elizabeth Park and VanDusen Botanical Garden are also beautiful this time of year.
Remembrance Day in West Vancouver
- The Remembrance Day parade and service in West Vancouver takes place from 10:30 am until noon on Marine Drive at 20th Street by Memorial Park.
- Suggestion: While in West Vancouver, if the weather is good, go for a stroll along the waterfront at Ambleside, John Lawson Park and Dundarave. All are close by, beautiful places to walk and connected by the seawall.
For information on other 2017 Remembrance Day services in Metro Vancouver and other parts of BC, check out the Canadian Legion website. In total there are close to three dozen events in the Lower Mainland alone.
For ideas on other things to do this month, check out Vancouver’s Best Places’ November Calendar.
For a list of other events taking place on the November 11-13 weekend, click Remembrance Day Weekend Activities or the icon below.