Every November 11, the capital of Canada honors more than 1.5 million Canadians, who have served around the world, as soldiers or peacekeepers, over the past 100 years. More than 116,000 Canadian soldiers have died in conflicts and wars, while serving their country.
Visitors to Ottawa, Ontario, can attend Remembrance Day ceremonies and activities every year. Veterans' Week events honor men and women who served in the Canadian Forces.
National Remembrance Day Ceremony
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, visitors and locals join the Prime Minister, the Governor General and many veterans, as they commemorate Canada's sacrifices in war.
Organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, the moving ceremony takes place at the National War Memorial.
A Remembrance Day ceremony is held at Beechwood Cemetery at 11 am on November 11. The national historic site is the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Canadian War Museum
Located on LeBreton Flats, near the Ottawa River just west of downtown Ottawa, the Canadian War Museum showcases Canada's military past.
Visitors on a budget can save money by booking packages that allow time for Remembrance Day ceremonies. Ottawa Tourism's Cultural Odyssey Package, for example, can be booked on Ottawa Tourism's website.
Cultural Odyssey packages include two nights' accommodations and admission to two attractions from the following list: Canadian War Museum, National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum or the Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train, which runs until the end of October.
Rendezvous for Two packages include two nights' accommodations, a meal for two at either the Casino du Lac-Leamy's Banco restaurant or Le Cordon Bleu Signatures restaurant, and admission for two people to one of the following: Canadian War Museum, National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of Civilization, a Casino du Lac-Leamy Theatre performance or the Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train.
Rendezvous for Two packages can also be booked on the Ottawa Tourism website.