Lest We Forget: November 11th is Remembrance Day in Canada

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Originally commemorating the end of World War 1, Remembrance Day has become an occasion to honour those who have served or are serving our country in the armed forces, keeping our country glorious and free. This year, November 11th marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the First World War. At sunset across the nation, bells of peace will ring 100 times, echoing events from exactly 100 years ago.

How to talk with kids about Remembrance Day

Talking to kids about something as big and complex and sad as war is not an easy feat. We find books are always a great way to start a conversation. We have gathered a few of them which you can share with your family in hopes of answering some of the many “why” questions you will get this Remembrance Day. We’ve selected a number of books that talk directly about Remembrance Day as well as others that talk about war, peace, and life during wartime. Take a look at our round up of Books for Kids About Remembrance Day.

remembrance day books for kids

Where to Remember

Don your poppy and join the parades and ceremonies happening all over Canada. We’ve highlighted a few events in major cities in each province and territory. Remember, there are ceremonies and services in just about every nook and cranny across the country. Not sure where to find one close to you? www.legion.ca is a great place to start.

All events are on Sunday, November 11th, unless otherwise noted.

National Ceremony, 10:20 am – 12 pm, National War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, ON

Alberta
Calgary Remembrance Day Services, 10 am – 11:30 am, Central Memorial Park, 1221 2 Street SW, Calgary, AB
Edmonton Remembrance Day Services, 10:15 am – 11:30 am, Edmonton City Hall, #1 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB

British Columbia
Vancouver Remembrance Day Services, 9:45 am – 11:30 am, Victory Square, 200 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
Victoria Provincial Remembrance Day Services, 10:30 am – 12:15 pm, Provincial Cenotaph, Parliament Buildings, Victoria, BC

Manitoba
Winnipeg Remembrance Day Services, The Royal Winnipeg Rifles Regiment Remembrance Day Parade, 10 am, Vimy Ridge Memorial Park, Portage Avenue & Home Street, Winnipeg, MB

New Brunswick
Fredericton Remembrance Day Parade & Ceremony, 10:15 am, Fredericton Cenotaph, 899 King Street, Fredericton, NB

Newfoundland and Labrador
St. John’s Remembrance Day Parade & Ceremony, 10:15 am, National War Memorial, 100 Water Street, St. John’s, NL

Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Remembrance Day Parade & Ceremony, 9:50 am (Parade Start), Cenotaph, 5010 Veterans Memorial Drive, 49th Ave, Yellowknife, NT; 11 am (Ceremony Start), St. Patrick High School, 5010 44 St, Yellowknife, NT

Nova Scotia
Halifax Remembrance Day Parade & Ceremony, 10:30 am – 11:45 am, Halifax Grand Parade, 1770 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS

Nunavut
Iqaluit – event information coming soon

Ontario
Toronto Remembrance Day Services, 10:45 am, Toronto Old City Hall, Cenotaph, 60 Queen St. W (Bay & Queen St.)
National Ceremony, 10:20 am – 12 pm, National War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, ON

PEI
St. Peter’s Bay Remembrance Day Service, 11 am – 11:30 am, Memorial Monument, St. Peter’s Bay Courthouse, 5697 St. Peter’s Bay Road, St. Peter’s Bay, PEI 

Quebec
Montréal Remembrance Day Services, 10:45 am – 11:30 am, Outremont Park Cenotaph, Corner of Elmwood and Outremont Avenues, Montréal, QC

Saskatchewan
Regina Remembrance Day Service, 9 am – 11:45 am, Brandt Centre, Evraz Place, 1700 Elphinstone St, Regina, SK

Yukon
Whitehorse Remembrance Day, 10 am – 11:30 am, Canada Games Centre, 200 Hamilton Blvd, Whitehorse, YT

Did we miss an event near you? Let us know in the comments below so we can add it to our list.

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