On Remembrance Day, November 11, 2014, Canadians honour and remember our veterans, and all who served Canada during war, armed conflict and peace. In Ottawa, veterans will gather at the War Memorial on Elgin Street, for the annual Remembrance Day National Ceremony. Other parades and ceremonies around Ottawa are also listed on this page, along with what’s open and closed.
Remembrance Day – Open & Closed & Schedule Changes
- Most retail businesses are required to close until 12:30 p.m. on November 11th each year to honour Canadian Veterans and those currently serving in the military. For 24 hour businesses, they’re required to close from 8:00am until 12:30pm.
- Remembrance Day is not a statutory holiday in Ontario, but it is a Federal holiday. Federal government offices and City Hall will be closed on November 11. Schools remain open.
- OC Transpo will operate a regular weekday schedule on November 11. War veterans who wear their medals or uniforms may ride OC Transpo, Para Transpo and Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) for free during National Veterans’ Week – November 5 to 11. Call 613-560-1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number for automated schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, phone 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com.
- STO will also operate a regular schedule on November 11. Riders are invited to consult the User’s Guide, visit Plani-Bus on the STO web site at www.sto.ca or call 819-770-3242 for more details. The INFOBUS system also provides the exact time that the next two buses are scheduled to arrive at a particular stop by dialling 819-778 plus the bus stop number.
- On November 11, buses will pull over to the side of the road (where it is safe to do so) to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. The Last Post and Reveille will be played over the radios of OC Transpo buses. OC Transpo operators may also wear red on November 11 in support of Canadian Forces troops.
- Banks are closed on November 11.
- Libraries will be closed on November 11.
- There is no change to garbage/recycling/compost pick-up for the week of November 11.
- City recreation centres and pools will be open on November 11 with regular schedules. There are some exceptions, check with your facility.
- Some national museums are open. Free admission at the Canadian War Museum on November 11. The Museum of Civilization and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum are open. Check out our Museums Guide for links to Ottawa’s museums…
- The flags at all City of Ottawa will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset to honour the memory of all Canadians who have served their country in time of war.
The National Ceremony
- Each year Ottawa hosts the National Ceremony of Remembrance at the National War Memorial at the corner of Elgin and Wellington.
- The ceremony marks the anniversary of the end of the First World War, at 11:00am on November 11th, 1918.
- Prior to the ceremony, a parade of pipers and war veterans march from Cartier Square Drill Hall towards the War Memorial. (The pipe band leaves Cartier Square Drill Hall, marching via Laurier Avenue to Metcalfe & Queen. They’re joined by veterans at this location, and then continue marching down Queen Street towards the War Memorial.)
- The official ceremony begins at 10:55am at the National War Memorial.
- Wreaths are laid by dignitaries (usually including the Governor General and Prime Minister), along with veterans, and representatives of Canada’s armed forces.
- The ceremony is broadcast live on major tv networks in Canada.
- All Veterans are welcome to join the Veterans Parade. Please arrive at the form up point, on Wellington Street corner of Elgin (near the East Block), no later than 10:10am. An OC Transpo bus will be at that location to provide a warm waiting area for those Veterans who arrive early. You may also report to the Adam Room, Fairmont Chateau Laurier to wait. The parade will step off at 10:30am en route to the National War Memorial, arriving at 10:35am
- Tens of thousands of spectators experience the ceremony from all around the National War Memorial so arriving early helps to get a good vantage point. Whatever your position, you can also view the ceremony on the jumbo screens set up around the memorial and the many speakers broadcast the entire ceremony.
- The jumbo screens will display the Virtual Wall of Honour and Remembrance before and during the ceremony until 1030hrs, just before the arrivals of special guests including The Prime Minister, the Silver Cross Mother and the Governor General.
- Please remember that there are some road closures starting at 7:00am.
- More info, including a full program, is available here from The Royal Canadian Legion…
More Local Parades and Ceremonies
- Barrhaven – Please join us at 11 a.m. on November 11 for the 2014 Barrhaven Remembrance Day Parade which is being held John McCrae Secondary School. More info…
- Orleans – The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 632 (Orleans) will be holding a Remembrance Day Service on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at the Cenotaph, 800 Taylor Creek Drive, Orleans. More info…
- Richmond - Richmond Branch 625 will hold a Remembrance Ceremony at the Cenotaph in Richmond, Perth & McBean Street. More info…
- Stittsville – A parade will leave Legion Hall on 1480 Stittsville Main Street and head north towards the Cenotaph on Warner-Colpitts Lane at 1:30pm. The ceremonial service will take place at the Cenotaph beginning at 2:00pm. More info…
- Strathcona – Strathcona Legion 595 (Old Ottawa South Branch) will hold their Branch’s own special Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday Nov. 9th, 2014, which will include a parade and subsequent ceremony at the historic Brantwood Gates. More info…
- Westboro – The Westboro Legion’s Remembrance Day commemoration begins with a parade from the branch at 391 Richmond Rd. to the Westboro Cenotaph, located a few blocks west. The service starts on Nov 11 at 2 p.m. and concludes with a wreath-laying ceremony. Afterward, in the spirit of camaraderie, all are invited back to the branch where the band Country Mile will perform. More info…
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The City of Ottawa informs residents that there will be traffic impacts for the following parades and ceremonies commemorating Remembrance Day being held in the various communities in and around Ottawa:
- Bells Corners – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Royal Canadian Legion (Bells Corners Branch 593), Centrepointe Drive between Constellation Crescent (south intersection) and Chrysalis Way (formerly Epsilon Way).
- Eastview/Vanier – 1:30 to 3 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion (Eastview Branch 462), north on Cyr Avenue between the Royal Canadian Legion (294 Cyr Avenue) and Montreal Road, east on Montreal Road between Cyr Avenue and Hannah Street, and north on Hannah Street between Montreal Road and Marier Avenue, and to the Vanier Cenotaph for the ceremonial service.
- Kanata – 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion (Kanata Branch 638), east on The Parkway between Earl of March High School (4 Parkway) and Teron Road, south on Teron Road between The Parkway and Colchester Square, Colchester Square, and west on Campeau Drive between Colchester Square and the John Mlacak Centre.
- Manotick/South Carleton – 10:30 a.m. to noon, Royal Canadian Legion (South Carleton Branch 314), east on Beaverwood Road from the Royal Canadian Legion to Manotick Main Street, north on Manotick Main Street from Beaverwood Road to Clapp Lane, east on Clapp Lane from Manotick Main Street, and to the Manotick Cenotaph for the ceremonial service.
- National War Memorial – 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion, Dominion Command. The following street closures will be in effect: Rideau/Wellington Street between Nicholas Street and Bank Street, Queen Street between Metcalfe Street and Elgin Street, Elgin Street between Wellington Street and Slater Street, MacKenzie Avenue between Murray Street and Rideau Street, Metcalfe Street between Wellington Street and Albert Street, and O’Connor Street between Wellington Street and Queen Street.
- Navan – 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Colonial Road between Henn Drive and Delson Drive, and to the Navan Cenotaph for the ceremonial service.
- Orléans – 10:30 to 11 a.m., Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 632), Vimont Court and Taylor Creek Boulevard between Vimont Court and the Royal Canadian Legion at 800 Taylor Creek Boulevard, and to the Orleans Cenotaph for the ceremonial service.
- Osgoode – 10:45 a.m. to noon, Royal Canadian Legion (Osgoode Branch 589), Victoria Street between Eighth Line Road and Louise Street, and to the ceremonial service at the Osgoode Cenotaph in front of the Municipal Building.
- Richmond – 10:45 a.m to noon, Royal Canadian Legion (Richmond Branch 625), Perth Street between the Richmond Shopping Plaza and the Richmond Memorial Park for the ceremonial service.
- Stittsville – 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion (Stittsville and District Branch 618), north on Stittsville Main Street between the Royal Canadian Legion, (1480 Stittsville Main Street) and Warner-Colpitts Lane, and west on Warner-Colpitts Lane between Stittsville Main Street and the Stittsville Cenotaph for the ceremonial service.
- Strathcona – 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sunday, November 9, Royal Canadian Legion (Strathcona Branch 595), Main Street between Hazel Street and Beckwith Street (Beckwith Memorial Gate) for the ceremonial service.
- West Carleton – 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, November 8, Royal Canadian Legion (West Carleton Branch 616), Constance Bay Road between McConnell Lane and Allbirch Road, and Allbirch Road between Constance Bay Road, and to the Royal Canadian Legion for the ceremonial service.
- Westboro – 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion (Westboro Branch 480), north on Winston Avenue between the Royal Canadian Legion and Madison Avenue, east on Madison Avenue between Winston Avenue and Churchill Avenue, south on Churchill Avenue between Madison Avenue and Richmond Road, and west on Richmond Road between Churchill Avenue and Broadview Avenue to the Westboro Cenotaph. Wreath laying and ceremonial service at Westboro Cenotaph from 2 p.m.
- Vars – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, November 9, Rockdale Road between Devine Road and the Vars Cenotaph (Rockdale Road and Buckland Road).
The week leading up to Remembrance Day is recognized as “Veterans Week”, with events and activities across Canada to honour our veterans. Organized by Veterans Affairs Canada.
At the Canadian War Museum
On Remembrance Day, at exactly 11 a.m., sunlight shines through a single window to frame the headstone of Canada’s Unknown Soldier. A limited number of free tickets will be available as of 9 a.m. at the Information Desk. No reservations permitted. This event will also be webcast on the Museum’s website and broadcast within the Museum. More info…
Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign
The Poppy Campaign is conducted each year for about 2 weeks prior to November 11th in order to raise funds for needy Canadian veterans, ex-service members and their dependants, as well as Commonwealth veterans
Intention of the Poppy Campaign is to remind Canadians of the sacrifice of the 117,000 Canadians who died in the military, Merchant Navy and Ferry Command in two world wars, the Korean War and other theatres globally
Donations received are put into trust accounts and used to assist needy veterans, ex-service members, their families and former members of Commonwealth and allied military services
18 million poppies are distributed each year
Source / more info: Royal Canadian Legion