34 ceremonies in Metro Vancouver for Remembrance Day 2018

Nov 8 2018, 1:20 am

As millions of Canadians pay their respects to soldiers – past and present – here are all the Remembrance Day ceremonies you can attend in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, November 11, 2018.

Vehicles displaying BC veteran licence plates will be exempt from parking fees for Veterans Week, November 4 to 11.

This includes City of Vancouver parking meters, EasyPark parkades, surface lots, and Park Board operated parking facilities. Popular destinations such as Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, and the Vancouver Aquatic Centre are included, as well as all community centres.

In addition, veterans can ride for free on all TransLink services on Sunday, November 11 by presenting their military ID or record of service card.

One accessible fare gate will be left open at all SkyTrain, Canada Line, and SeaBus stations.

Note that unless specified otherwise, all events will take place on Sunday, November 11.


National Aboriginal Veterans Day

On Thursday, November 8, ahead of the main November 11 ceremony, Aboriginal veterans will host a ceremony at the Victory Square Cenotaph.

A march will begin at Carnegie Community Centre at 10:45 am and follow with a wreath laying ceremony at 11 am. A reception will follow.

Time: 10:45 am to 3 pm
Where: Carnegie Community Centre – 401 Main Street, Vancouver

Victory Square Cenotaph

A ceremony will begin with a performance by the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande.

At 10:10 am, veterans, military marching units, and bands will be led to Victory Square by the Vancouver Flag Party for a cenotaph ceremony starting at 10:30 am.

Combined performances by the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services and the Regimental Pipes and Drums of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada will follow.

At 11 am, the last post will be sounded. Two minutes of silence will take place, as well as a 21-gun salute by the 15th Field Artillery Regiment. The Royal Canadian Air Force will conduct a fly-by moments later, should weather permit.

The ceremony concludes with a performance by the Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande and wreaths being placed at the Cenotaph.

A parade will begin once the ceremony finishes with participants marching west along Hastings past the reviewing stand between Homer and Richards, turning right at Richards, east on Cordova, then south on Cambie.

Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Victory Square – 200 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Memorial South Park Cenotaph

Time: 10:30 am
Where: Memorial South Park Cenotaph – 41st Avenue and Windsor Street, Vancouver

Japanese Canadian War Memorial

Where: Stanley Park, Vancouver (near the Vancouver Aquarium)
Time: 10:40 am

Remembrance Day Ceremony at UBC

The Remembrance Day Ceremony at UBC will be held on Sunday, November 11 and will include short readings, remarks from special guests and musical performances by the UBC Opera Ensemble.

Time: Doors open at 10 am; ceremony begins at 10:45 am
Where: The UBC War Memorial Gym – 6081 University Boulevard, Vancouver

Grandview Park

Time: 10:45 am
Where: Grandview Park – 1200 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Remembrance Day at Mountain View Cemetery

A special Tribute will take place on the eve of the 100th Anniversary of the End of the First World War.

A commemoration event will start with a parade and a service of remembrance on Saturday, November 10 at 3 pm, followed by the placing of 6,000 handmade poppies and 100 candles on the graves of 4,000 veterans.

Afterwards, an all-night vigil will take place until 3 pm on Sunday, November 11.

Time: 3 pm to 3 pm (the next day)
Where: Mountainview Cemetery – 5455 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Time: 9 am
Where: The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club – 3811 Point Grey Road, Vancouver (can be viewed from Hastings Mill Park)

CRAB Park at Portside

Time: 10:30 am
Where: Crab Park – 149 East Waterfront Road, Vancouver

Chinatown Memorial

Time: 12:30 pm
Where: Chinatown memorial – Keefer at Columbia Street


Confederation Park Cenotaph

A parade will begin at 10:40 am, starting from the underground parking lot of the McGill Library on 4595 Albert Street.

The parade will move west, then south through the confederation centre parking lot onto Albert Street, east on Albert Street to Alpha Avenue, then north on Alpha Avenue into Confederation Park towards the Cenotaph.

Time: Parade begins at 10:40 am; ceremony takes place from 11 am to 12 pm
Where: North Burnaby Cenotaph, Confederation park – Willingdon Avenue and Penzance Drive, Burnaby.

Bonsor Park Cenotaph

A parade and ceremony by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #83 will begin from Fire Hall #3 on 6511 Marlborough Avenue.

The parade will move west of Bennett Street, south of Nelson Avenue and southwest onto Jubilee Avenue. The ceremony at Bonsor Park begins at 11 am.

Time: 10:30 am to 12 pm
Where: South Burnaby Cenotaph, Bonsor Park Imperial Street and Nelson Avenue, Burnaby


Coquitlam Remembrance Day Ceremony

A march will take place from the Como Lake Middle School along Winslow Street to the Cenotaph on Veterans Way at Blue Mountain Park.

Time: 10 am at the school, 10:50 am at the Cenotaph, the march takes place at 10:40 am.
Where: Como Lake Middle School – 1121 King Albert Avenue

Delta and Ladner

North Delta Social Heart Plaza

A ceremony will take place at 10:40 am with a reception held afterwards at the North Delta Recreation Centre.

Time: 10:40 am
Where: North Delta Social Heart Plaza – 11415 84 Avenue, Delta

Ladner Memorial Park Cenotaph

A parade will take place from the Legion at 4896 Delta Street to the Cenotaph at Memorial Park for the 10:45 am ceremony.

Time: 10:15 parade; 10:45 am ceremony.
Where: Memorial Park – 47 Avenue and Garry Street, Ladner

Tsawwassen Remembrance Day Ceremony

A special appearance will be made by the Delta Police Pipe Band, as well as light refreshments following the ceremony.

Time: 1:30 pm
Where: Century Square – #22 – 1835 56th Street


Aldergrove Legion, Branch 265

A procession will take place at 10:45 leaving Old Yale Road, turning onto 268 Street and then moving west on the Fraser Highway to the Aldergrove Legion at 26607 Fraser Highway.

Then, a ceremony takes place at the Aldergrove Legion Cenotaph. Hymns, poems, messages, the laying of wreaths and two minutes of silence will take place, followed by a flypast by the Fraser Blues.

A potluck lunch and entertainment take place afterwards.

Time: 10:45 am
Where: Aldergrove Legion Cenotaph – 26607 Fraser Highway, Langley

Fort Langley Cenotaph 

A procession will begin at 10:25 am taking place from the west end of the Fort Langley Cemetary, moving to a service at the Fort Langley Cenotaph.

A flypast of the Fraser Blues will take place at 11 am.

Time: Procession begins at 10:25 am
Where: Fort Langley Cenotaph – 23105 St. Andrews Avenue, Fort Langley

Murrayville Cenotaph

Starting with a procession at the south end of the Murrayville Cemetary, a ceremony will take place with poems, songs, remembrances and a flypast of the Fraser Blues.

Anyone who wishes to sit will need to bring their own lawn chairs.

Time: 10:30 am procession, 10:45 am service.
Where: Murrayville Cenotaph – 21405 – 44 Avenue, Langley

Fort Langley Heritage Garden

A Remembrance Day tribute will take place on Sunday, November 11, prepared by the Fort Langley Heritage Garden volunteers.

The public is invited to walk through the garden and light a candle or plant poppy seeds in remembrance of those who served and continue to serve.

Time: All day
Where: Fort Langley Heritage Garden – 23105 St. Glover Road, Fort Langley

Maple Ridge

Memorial Peace Park

A parade will take place at 10:30 am starting from the Legion Building on 22 Street to the cenotaph in Memorial Peace Park.

An official ceremony will start right after the parade.

Time: 10:30
Where: Memorial Peace Park – 22407 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge

New Westminster

Royal Westminster Regiment, Armouries

A ceremony will take place inside the Armouries, followed by a parade to the Cenotaph at the front of City Hall. Two minutes of silence will be observed at 11 am, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony and a march past Royal Avenue.

Time: 9:45 am
Where: The Royal Regiment, Armouries, and at Queens Avenue United Church, New Westminster

North Vancouver

Remembrance Day Service and Parade

30 members of the military will be dressed in authentic First World War uniforms from 1918.

The ceremony will take place at the Cenotaph in Victoria Park at 10:45, followed by a Veteran’s parade. The parade will be lead by the JP Fell Pipe Band and move from Lonsdale Avenue to St. George.

Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: North Vancouver Cenotaph, Victoria Park – 100 East Keith Road, North Vancouver

Deep Cove/Dollarton

Organized by the Burrard Yacht Club and RCL Branch 114, the ceremony will take place on the water by the beach at Roche Point.

Time: 10:30 am
Where: Cates Park – Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver

Veterans Plaza

Time: 10:30 am
Where: Veterans Plaza – 3205 Institute Road, North Vancouver

Pitt Meadows

Cenotaph at Spirit Square

A ceremony, which starts at 10:30 am, will include processions, speeches, and a two-minute observance of silence at 11 am, in memory of those who have lost their lives.

Time: 10:30 am
Where: Spirit Square – 12007 Harris Road

Port Coquitlam

Wilson Centre Service

This indoor service will take place prior to a parade moving from Wilson Centre to the Cenotaph services at Veterans Park.

Time: 9:30 to 10:30 am
Where: Wilson Centre – 2150 Wilson Avenue, Port Coquitlam

Cenotaph Remembrance Service

This outdoor service will honour those who served and died in service of our country. The event is sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #133. Note that road closures will be in effect from 8 am to 12 pm and that limited parking is available.

Time: 11 am
Where: Veterans Park – 2580 Shaughnessy Street

Port Moody

Port Moody Remembrance Day Ceremony

The ceremony begins at 9:30 am, followed by a parade at 10:30 am and a ceremony at 11 am taking place at the Port Moody Arts Centre.

Time: Event begins at 9:30 am
Where: Port Moody Arts Centre – 2425 St. Johns Street, Port Moody


Richmond Remembrance Day Ceremony

A march will take place at 10:20 am with the ceremony beginning at 11 am. After the parade, a light lunch and refreshments will take place at the Richmond Legion.

Time: 10 am
Where: Richmond City Hall – 6911 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond


Surrey/Cloverdale Remembrance Day Ceremony

The ceremony will take place at the Cloverdale Cenotaph, next door to the Surrey Museum and the Surrey Archives at 9:30 am.

Children will be able to make “peaceful crafts,” visitors can write thank you notes on postcards that will be delivered to veterans and their families, and a WWII documentary will be played at the Museum theatre.

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Cloverdale Cenotaph at the Surrey Museum – 17710 56A Avenue

Surrey Crescent Beach Remembrance

The Service will start at 10:30 am, followed by a laying of wreaths and a fly past. This service will be entirely inside.

Time: 10:30 am
Where: Legion Hall – 2643 128th Street, Surrey

Surrey Whalley Legion

A parade will take place at 10 am with a march to the Cenotaph and a ceremony starting at 10:25 am. Refreshment and snacks will be available for the public and youth following the service.

Time: Parade begins at 10 am
Where: Whalley Legion – 13525 – 106 Avenue, Surrey

West Vancouver

West Vancouver

A parade and service will take place on Marine Drive at 20th in West Vancouver from 10:30 am to 12 pm.

Time: 10:30 am to 12 pm
Where: Marine Drive at 20th in West Vancouver

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