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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is on November 11th and on that day there are usually ceremonies, parades and other events throughout Vancouver.

In 2022, November 11th is on a Friday.

 


REMEMBRANCE DAY AND COVID-19

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there weren’t any large parades and mass gatherings at ceremonies across the Lower Mainland in 2020 and 2021. Some events happened online, while other ceremonies were not to be attended by the general public. The few in-person events that did happen were by invitation only.

Hopefully more ceremonies are open to the public in 2022, although that will likely depend on the pandemic and related provincial restrictions at the time.


 

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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:

 


Abbotsford | Burnaby | Coquitlam | Delta (Ladner) | Fort Langley

Langley | Maple Ridge | New Westminster | North Vancouver | Pitt Meadows | Port Coquitlam

Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver | West Vancouver


 

Note: Remembrance Day event details for 2022 are to be confirmed. 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 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.

In 2021 there was an online Remembrance Day ceremony. There was a livestream from 10:30 am to 11:30 am on the City of Abbotsford YouTube page. 2022 details are to be confirmed.

 


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. In normal years, 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.

Both the North and South Burnaby events were cancelled in 2020 and 2021, as everyone in Burnaby was encouraged to remember from home instead. Hopefully in-person ceremonies return in 2022.

 


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.

The 2021 parade was cancelled, as was the case in 2020. Instead, the City of Coquitlam provided a couple different ways to honour those who have served with their Poppy Painting and Messages of Remembrance events leading up to November 11th.

2022 details are to be confirmed.

 


See our article about the Coquitlam Parade & Ceremony for more information.


 

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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.

In 2021 this ceremony was closed to the public. It was filmed and broadcast on TV so people could watch it from their homes. Details about ceremonies in 2022 are to be confirmed.

 


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. In 2021 the ceremony was private and so invitation-only. Hopefully the ceremony is open to the public in 2022, although exact details are to be confirmed.

  • 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.

  • The Douglas Park event starts with a procession at 10:30 am from Timms Community Centre at 20399 Douglas Crescent. 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.

In 2021, both of these events were closed to the public and were broadcast online. 2022 details are to be confirmed.

 


For more information about both events see the Legion website for the Aldergrove and Douglas Park events.


 

Remembrance Day Weekend Activities

 

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. 2021 details will likely be similar.

The service at the Cenotaph isn’t a long one. It starts at 11 o’clock and usually finishes by around 11:30.

In 2021, like the previous year, the Maple Ridge Legion Branch asked residents to observe Remembrance Day from home. There was no public gathering once again.

 


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 took place as a virtual event in 2021. The laying of the wreaths, playing of O Canada and other traditional activities could be watched online instead of in-person.

 


For more information click Remembrance Day in New Westminster.


 

Remembrance Day at Royal Westminster Regiment Armouries
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.

In North Vancouver, the 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.

This event didn’t take place in-person for the general public in 2021. It did happen, but for a small group of invited guests only. The general public was asked not to attend (but to still mark the occasion on their own). Details about 2022 ceremonies are to be confirmed.

 


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.

Like most other Remembrance Day events in the Lower Mainland, there were no public ceremonies at Cates Park in 2021.

 


For more information about the event at Cates Park, click Remembrance Day in the District of North Vancouver.


 

Remembrance Day Participants in Uniform
Remembrance Day participants in 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.

In 2020 and 2021, there were no in-person events in Pitt Meadows. Hopefully the public ceremonies return in 2022.

 


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.

In 2020 and 2021, the ceremonies were closed to the public. 2022 details are to be confirmed.

 


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.

There were no public in-person ceremonies in Port Moody in 2021. Hopefully public ceremonies return in 2022.

 


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.

The big Richmond event was not open to the public in 2021. However, folks were still able to watch a broadcast of the ceremonies on the City of Richmond website at 10:30 am.

Hopefully the event can return to its in-person format in 2022.

 


Click Richmond Remembrance Day Ceremony for further details.


 

Remembrance Day on Minoru Boulevard
Remembrance Day Outside Richmond City Hall

 

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.

In 2021, as was the case in 2020, there was no big public event. There was a broadcast of the ceremonies, which people could watch from their home through the City of Surrey website.

2022 ceremony details are to be confirmed.

 


Click Remembrance Day in Cloverdale for more details.


 

Surrey Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day in Surrey

 

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. There’s also an annual ceremony at the University of British Columbia.

  • 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.

The Victory Square ceremonies took place online in 2020. In 2021 the ceremonies were by invite-only again and were broadcast on Global BC. Hopefully 2022 ceremonies are open to the public, but exact details are to be confirmed.

 


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.

The same as 2020, the 2021 ceremonies for this event took place virtually. You could watch a livestream of the event online, through the Nikkei Centre website. 2022 event details are to be determined.

 


Click Stanley Park Ceremony for more information.


 

The University of British Columbia also holds a ceremony each year. The event takes place in the War Memorial Gymnasium located at 6081 University Boulevard. In addition to the typical service, there are often musical performances by local groups. Although the event takes place on campus, folks from surrounding communities are welcome to attend most years.

2021 marked the ceremony’s 71st year. Doors opened at 10:00 am on November 11th and the ceremony commenced at 10:45. Seats were limited so everyone was asked to RSVP online. A livestream was also available online for those who couldn’t make it inside.

2022 ceremony details are to be confirmed.

 


Click UBC Ceremony for more information.


 

Vancouver Remembrance Day Parade
Vancouver Remembrance Day Parade on West Hastings

 

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.

The West Vancouver ceremonies were cancelled in 2020, and 2021 ceremonies were not open to the public. Hopefully this isn’t the case in 2022.

 


Click November 11th in West Vancouver for more information.


 

Remembrance Day Parade on Marine Drive
Remembrance Day Parade in West Vancouver

 

Other 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.