Victoria has a rich military history that comes to life every November 11 for Remembrance Day. It's the ideal time of year to take in a ceremony at one of the region's cenotaphs or pay a visit to some of the city's many historic military sites and museums, and to enjoy this beautiful region in a season when summer's dazzle gives way to golden fall vistas, mystic coastal scenes and quiet reflection.

Start planning your fall visit to Victoria here with a complete listing of Remembrance Day activities in the region, as well as details on the best local sites to visit for immersing yourself in the city's vibrant military history from the 1850s to modern times. 

Victoria Children's Choir Remembrance Day Performance

See the Victoria Children's Choir perform a special Remembrance Day performance at the Royal BC Museum. This celebrated choir has been honoured to sing at many events, including the 2010 Olympic Flame Welcome and Torch Relay ceremonies, and most recently at the official welcome ceremony for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Find out more > 

Wartime Stories Walking Tour

Wartime Stories is a tour that focuses on personal stories of local men and women during the First and Second World Wars. You will learn about the evolving role of the Royal Canadian Navy and hear stories of patriotism, joy and grief of the people who gave Victoria its identity. The 90-minute walking tour uses the backdrop of the Inner Harbour to bring wartime Victoria to life. Find out more> 

Lest We Forget - A Service at the Bay Street Armoury 

Join the Victoria Symphony for a special concert of remembrance at the Bay Street Armoury. Experience this moving tribute to the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers, military personnel and those affected by war and violence around the globe.  Find out more>

Oak Bay Remembrance Day Ceremony

This year, the Remembrance Day ceremony in Oak Bay will be held on Tuesday, November 11 at the Oak Bay Cenotaph in Uplands Park. Everyone is welcome to attend this annual ceremony. Find out more>

Remembrance Day at the BC Aviation Museum

At the British Columbia Aviation Museum, you will see historic WW 1 and WW 2 aircrafts, touching stories, letters, and images help tell the story of how the planes and the pilots who flew them. The Museum's Memorial Room is the perfect place to pause and reflect, especially during the month of November when we Remember our soldiers and all they have done for our country. Find out more > 

Remembrance Day Service at Hatley Park National Historic Site

Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans will be honoured in a Remembrance Day ceremony held by Royal Roads University in partnership with the Vancouver Island Ex-Cadet Club (VIECC) Friday, Nov. 11 in Royal Roads' heritage Italian Garden. Hatley Park National Historic Site gardens, grounds and museum will be free and open to the public on the day and the university will host a reception in Hatley Castle following the ceremony. Find out more> 

Saanich Remembrance Day Ceremony

Every year on November 11 Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve, our country during times of war, conflict and peace. Attend this Remembrance Day ceremony at the Saanich Municipal Hall Cenotaph. Find out more> 

We Remember: Whale & Wildlife Tours

Hop aboard a wildlife tour with Eagle Wing Whale Watchig Tours and take a moment to reflect while out on the water. All current and past military veterans and immediate family members will receive a 50% discount. Find out more > 

CapriCCio Sings in Remembrance: How They So Softly Rest

CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble presents its annual Remembrance Day concert, "How They So Softly Rest", featuring music of Healey Willan, John Rutter and others; a World Premiere of a Canadian work by Justin H. Bush; with traditional observances for the Battle of the Somme centenary. This service is free for veterans. Find out more>

Letters Home: Diaries from the War 

The Royal BC Museum and The Story Theatre Company team up once again to bring home the words written by those on the front lines in WWI. "Letters Home” consists almost entirely of the letters, diary entries, and reports made during the war. The actors take the words off the written page to interpret the thoughts and feelings of those who lived through the desperate moments of a world at war. Find out more >

War Memories Across Canada: A Documentary

Excerpts from the two-part documentary series will explore sites of memory that offer insight into our nation’s past. These stories connect and engage us in a new way, looking at the war not from the perspective of battlefields overseas but from places in Canada that were shaped by war. Find out more> 

You can also read the stories of two local war veterans: Second World War veteran Gordon Quan and Canadian Forces reservist Randal Evans who share what Remembrance Day means to them.