Remembrance Day is on November 11th and on that day there are usually ceremonies, parades and other events throughout Vancouver.
In 2020 November 11th is on a Wednesday.
REMEMBRANCE DAY AND COVID-19
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there won’t be large parades and mass gatherings at ceremonies across the Lower Mainland this year. Some events, like the one in New Westminster and Maple Ridge, will be happening online in 2020. Other ceremonies that are scheduled are not to be attended by the general public, as they are by invitation only.
Lower Mainland Remembrance Day Events
There are usually over 30 different Remembrance Day events in the Lower Mainland every November 11th. Below is a list of just some of the Remembrance Day events, 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.
Note: Details are subject to change, but the general public is not encouraged to attend most of these events in 2020.
Remembrance Day in Abbotsford
A parade is followed by the laying of wreaths at Thunderbird Memorial Square on Veterans Way behind Abbotsford City Hall (which is located at 32315 South Fraser Way). The parade usually begins to form on November 11th at about 10:30 am at the corner of Simon Avenue and Garden Street.
For more details see the Royal Canadian Legion website.
Remembrance Day in Burnaby
In Burnaby there are usually Remembrance Day events in both North Burnaby and South Burnaby.
- The parade in North Burnaby generally begins at about 10:40 am and is followed by a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Confederation Park Cenotaph which is on Penzance Drive not far from Willingdon Avenue.
- Suggestion: If the weather is good, explore the trails at Confederation park either before or after the event.
- The Remembrance Day event in South Burnaby usually includes a parade starting at around 10:15 am at the corner of Marlborough Avenue and Bennett Street and a service at 11:00 am at the Cenotaph at the corner of Nelson Avenue and Jubilee Street in Bonsor Park. The parade starts at the Fire Hall at 6511 Marlborough Avenue, goes west along Bennett Street, heads south on Nelson Avenue and then southwest on Jubilee Avenue. The ceremony starts with two minutes of silence at 11 am and everything is finished by around noon.
- 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.
Click Remembrance Day in Burnaby for more information.
Remembrance Day in Coquitlam
The Remembrance Day ceremony in Coquitlam starts at 10:00 am at Como Lake Middle School at 1121 King Albert Avenue. In most years, at around 10:40 there is then a procession down Winslow Avenue to the Cenotaph on Veteran’s Way at the east end of Blue Mountain Park. 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. For hikes, Sasamat Lake and Buntzen Lake are especially beautiful and not too far away. Mundy Park is also a nice place to walk around.
See our article about the Coquitlam Parade & Ceremony for more information.
Remembrance Day in Delta (Ladner)
There is a Remembrance Day parade in South Delta (Ladner) on November 11th starting at around 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.
- 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.
See the BC Legion‘s website for details.
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. The procession usually begins at about 10:25 and is followed by the service at 10:40. Most years, at 11 o’clock there is a flypast by the Fraser Blues vintage aircraft team.
In 2019 there was also a Remembrance Day tribute in the gardens with artwork.
- Suggestion: After the ceremony go for a stroll or bike ride along the river or go visit the historic fort.
For more information click Fort Langley on Remembrance Day.
Remembrance Day in Langley
In addition to the ceremony in Fort Langley, a couple of other Remembrance Day services also take place in Langley including one at the Douglas Park Cenotaph and another at the Aldergrove Legion. 2020 details to be confirmed.
- The Douglas Park event starts with a procession at 10:30 am from Timms Community Centre at 20399 Douglas Crescent. The formal service then begins at the Cenotaph at 20550 Douglas Crescent at about 10:45. The ceremonies there include the recitation of poetry (most likely In Flanders Fields) and the singing of traditional hymns. Most years there is also a flypast by the Fraser Blues and their vintage aircraft.
- Langley’s other Remembrance Day event takes place starting at 10:45 am at the Aldergrove Legion at 26607 Fraser Highway. After a short procession there is a traditional-style service with a flypast by the Fraser Blues vintage aircraft. There is also a potluck lunch and entertainment back at the Legion following the ceremony. See the Township of Langley‘s website for more details.
Remembrance Day in Maple Ridge
In 2019 the parade in Maple Ridge started at 10:30 in the morning from the Legion Building at 12101-224th Street. The procession then makes its way to the Cenotaph in Memorial Peace Park near City Hall where the official ceremony takes place. 2020 details are to be confirmed, although the event may look different due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The service at the Cenotaph isn’t a long one. It starts at 11 o’clock and usually finishes by around 11:30.
- 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 short bike ride by Pitt Lake or at Kanaka Creek Park.
See our article about November 11th in Maple Ridge for more information.
Remembrance Day in New Westminster
The ceremony in BC’s former colonial capital normally takes place at the Royal Westminster Regiment Armouries at the corner of 6th and Queens. Following the ceremony there is a parade to the Cenotaph at the front of City Hall where the traditional two minutes of silence and wreath laying occur.
In years when there isn’t a pandemic, the ceremonies at the Armouries are indoors, and it’s a fairly big place. This makes it an especially good event to attend on Remembrance Days when it’s raining. The service outside City Hall, however, is outside.
- 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.
- Note: This event will be taking place as a virtual event this year. The laying of the wreaths, playing of O Canada and other traditional activities can be watched online instead of in-person in 2020.
For more information click Remembrance Day in New Westminster.
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.
For more information about the event at Victory Park, click Remembrance Day in the City of North Vancouver.
In addition to the Victoria Park service, Remembrance Day ceremonies also usually take place at Cates Park at 4141 Dollarton Highway starting at around 10:15 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.
For more information about the event at Cates Park, click Remembrance Day in the District of North Vancouver.
Remembrance Day in Pitt Meadows
Remembrance Day in Pitt Meadows begins with a procession from 119B Street along Harris Road, ceremonies at the Cenotaph in Spirit Square and then a reception at the community Centre. Between around 1500 and 2000 or so people typically attend.
For more details click November 11th Ceremonies in Pitt Meadows.
Remembrance Day in Port Coquitlam
Remembrance Day events in Port Coquitlam begin at 9:30 am with a service at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre at 2150 Wilson Avenue. After the service, at 10:30, veterans, members of the Royal Canadian Legion, police officers and cadets parade from the community centre down Wilson Avenue and along Shaughnessy Street.
The parade finishes at the Cenotaph at Veterans Park at 2580 Shaughnessy Street. There, beginning at around 10:55 am, the formal Remembrance Day ceremonies take place with the traditional 2 minutes of silence and laying of the wreathes.
For more details click November 11th in Port Coquitlam.
Remembrance Day in Port Moody
Remembrance Day in Port Moody involves a service, parade, ceremony and entertainment.
The inter-faith, non-denominational service takes place at 9:30 am at the Kyle Centre at 125 Kyle Street. That’s followed by the parade and ceremony beginning at 10:30 at the Port Moody Arts Centre at 2425 St. Johns Street.
Afternoon and evening entertainment takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion at 2529 Clarke Street. In 2019 entertainment included the SFU Pipe & Drum Band performing at 1:00, the Heather Jolley Scottish Tartan Dancers at 2:00, Linda Szentes & the Jazz Links from 3:00 until 5:00, and then the Inlet Jazz Band from 5:00 until 8:00. The Legion usually invites the community to enjoy the Remembrance Day celebration with them and pay respect to Port Moody’s veterans.
See our article about Remembrance Day in Port Moody for more details.
Remembrance Day in Richmond
In Richmond typically 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 Minoru Blvd.) at 11 am which includes the traditional two minutes of silence and the laying of wreaths.
Ending at about noon, most years 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.
- 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.
Click Richmond Remembrance Day Ceremony for further details.
Remembrance Day in Surrey
Surrey’s Main Remembrance Day 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.
On November 11th the Surrey Museum is also usually open to the public, but was only open for about an hour after the ceremonies in 2019. The Surrey Archives are usually also open to the public for a few hours.
- 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.
Click Remembrance Day in Cloverdale for more details.
Remembrance Day in Vancouver
Remembrance Day events take place in a number of locations around the City of 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 about 9:45 am and taking place at the park at the corner of West Hastings Street and Cambie. The service often 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 and runs until about 11:30 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.
Click Stanley Park Ceremony for more information.
Remembrance Day in West Vancouver
The Remembrance Day parade and service in West Vancouver usually takes place from about 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.
Click November 11th in West Vancouver for more information.
For information about other 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 9-11 weekend in 2020, click Remembrance Day Weekend Activities.