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Beechwood National Military Cemetery, Remembrance Day 2019. Photo: Matthew Guida.

Where to attend 2022 Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa

By Matthew Guida on November 9, 2022


Before we celebrate the holidays, it is just as important, if not more so, for us to remember those who served.

With Canada’s 104th Remembrance Day just around the corner, it is once again time for us to reflect on the lives and sacrifices of the brave men and women who fought for our freedom and well-being. By acknowledging their acts of bravery, selflessness, perseverance, and their many sacrifices, we do our part to keep their memories alive.

People placing poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Remembrance Day 2018. Photo: Matthew Guida.

On November 11, people all across Canada will be getting ready to pay their respects at remembrance ceremonies all over the country, both virtually and in-person. For those of you living in the Ottawa and Gatineau areas looking to attend such ceremonies, here are a few locations where you can do so:

National Remembrance Day Ceremony

A crowd of people at the National War Memorial during the 2018 Remembrance Day ceremony. Photo: Matthew Guida.

The Royal Canadian Legion is proud to once again organize Ottawa’s annual Remembrance Day Ceremony, taking place at the National War Memorial on Elgin St.

The event begins at 10:30am and will feature the traditional Veterans Parade, followed by the arrival of dignitaries, who will include Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Governor-General Mary Simon, and this year’s Silver Cross Mother. Shortly after the parade arrives, spectators will observe a moment of silence at 11am, followed by the traditional 21-gun salute, fly-pasts courtesy of Canada’s Royal Air Force, and the laying of wreaths. If you are unable to attend this ceremony in person, you can still watch it live on all national Canadian news networks or via the Legion’s Facebook page.

Remembrance Day Ceremony at Beachwood Cemetery

Beechwood National Military Cemetery, Remembrance Day 2019. Photo: Matthew Guida.

The National War Memorial is not the only location in Ottawa where people will honour our fallen. Beechwood Cemetery is proud to host its annual Remembrance Day Service at its National Military Cemetery. Starting at 10:45am, the Capital Region’s military personnel and their loved ones are invited to attend, along with anyone else looking to show their support for Canada’s Armed Forces.

Canadian War Museum

Canadian War Museum Photo: institutional archives.

What better place to honour and learn about the history of Canada’s military and the people who served in it? The Canadian War Museum is offering free admission on November 11 as part of its Remembrance Day programming, though people must acquire a timed ticket.

As part of its programming, the museum features several commemorative activities including the “Remembrance Path” self-guided tour (Nov. 5–13) and “The World Remembers” visual projection (Nov. 5–11) and kiosk (Nov. 8–11).

The War Museum will also host a 10am English broadcast of the National War Memorial ceremony on the morning of Nov. 11 at LeBreton Gallery, as well as a 10:30am French broadcast at the Barney Danson Theatre.

At Memorial Hall, visitors can also witness the illumination of the headstone representing Canada’s Unknown Soldier at exactly 11am. This event will be broadcast within the war museum and live-streamed on the museum’s website and Facebook page.

And from 9:30am–3:30pm, visitors will have the opportunity to listen to the experiences and stories of veterans, civilian experts, and members of our country’s armed forces located throughout the war museum on this special day of Remembrance.

Local Ceremonies

Additionally, several legion branches across Ottawa will host their own local Remembrance Day ceremonies.  These include:

  • The Greely and District Legion Branch’s ceremony, at the Legion Hall on Mitch Owens Road
  • The Barrhaven Legion ceremony at John McCrae Secondary School
  • The Kanata Legion ceremony at Village Green Memorial Park
  • The Manotick Legion’s ceremony, which will feature a parade heading to the Cenotaph located near Watson’s Mill on Dickinson Street
  • The Orleans Legion will feature its own parade, followed by a service at 800 Taylor Creek Drive

For more details about other Remembrance Day ceremonies in your area, please contact your local legion branch for more details.

For more information about Ottawa’s National Remembrance Day Ceremony, visit the Royal Canadian Legion’s website. Get more details about Remembrance Day programming at the Canadian War Museum, along with timed tickets.