Remembrance Day is on November 11 and on that day there are ceremonies, parades and other events throughout Vancouver to mark the occasion.
In 2018 November 11th was on a Sunday. In 2019 it’s on a Monday.
Lower Mainland Remembrance Day 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 2018 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: Event details are subject to change.
Remembrance Day in Abbotsford
- A parade is followed by the laying of wreaths at Thunderbird Memorial Square on Veterans Way behind the City Hall by the Clearbrook Library. The parade will begin to form on November 11 at about 10:30 am at the corner of Garden and Simon Streets. For more details see the Royal Canadian Legion website.
Remembrance Day in Burnaby
- The parade in North Burnaby begins at about 10:40 am from the McGill Library at 4595 Albert Street (in the underground parking lot). The parade is then followed by a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Confederation Park Cenotaph which is on Penzance Drive not far from Willingdon Avenue. The parade itself goes east along Albert Street, then north up Alpha Avenue and from there into Confederation Park and to the Cenotaph.
- 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 includes a parade starting at 10:30 am at the corner of Marlborough Avenue and Bennett Street and a service at 11 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 9:45 am at the Winslow Centre at 1100 Winslow Avenue. At around 10:30 there is then a procession down Winslow Avenue to the Cenotaph on Veteran’s Way at the east end of Blue Mountain Park at 975 King Albert Avenue starting at around 10:40. The parade is then followed by ceremonies at the Cenotaph. See the City of Coquitlam‘s calendar of events for more information.
- 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 (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. (See the City of Delta‘s website for details.)
- 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. In 2018 the procession begins at 10:25 and the service starts at 10:40. At 11 o’clock there is a flypast by the Fraser Blues vintage aircraft team. For more information see the Tourism Langley website.
- Suggestion: After the ceremony go for a stroll or bike ride along the river or go visit the historic fort.
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 Murrayville Cenotaph and another at the Aldergrove Legion.
- The Murrayville event starts with a procession at 10:30 am from the south side of the Murrayville Cemetery. The formal service then begins at the Cenotaph (at 21405 44th Avenue) at about 10:45 and includes the recitation of poetry (most likely In Flanders Fields), the singing of traditional hymns, and a flypast by the Fraser Blues vintage aircraft. At the end, folk are invited to stay for refreshments at the Langley Golf & Banquet Centre or up the street at the United Church (at 21562 Old Yale Road).
- 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.
- For more information about both events see the Tourism Langley website.
Remembrance Day in Maple Ridge
- Traditionally 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. See the City of Maple Ridge‘s website for more information.
- 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
- The ceremony typically takes place in BC’s former colonial capital at the Royal Westminster Regiment Armouries at the corner of 6th and Queens. Usually 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. 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.
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, often 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.
For more information about the event at Cates Park, click Remembrance Day in the District of North Vancouver.
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. 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.
- 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.
- In addition to the ceremony in Cloverdale there is also a Remembrance Day event in the Whalley neighbourhood of Surrey. Around 1000 attend the event, including 400 or so who march in the parade. The procession there departs at 10:25 am from the Royal Canadian Legion at 13525 106th Avenue. It then goes north along City Parkway, west along 107a Avenue, south along University Drive, east along 105a Avenue and then back up City Parkway to the Legion where the actual ceremony takes place. The event finishes at around noon and participants include the Surrey Fire Department Pipe Band and the 767 Dearman Air Cadet Brass band.
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. 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 on other 2018 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 10-11 weekend, click Remembrance Day Weekend Activities or the icon below.