Each year on November 11 Canadians are called upon to pause and think about our veterans Remembrance Day Commemoration. There are many ways to remember year round by observing some of Canada’s military history and significant dates, and, or, visiting a military museum. In addition to two military highways there are significant locations around the Province north, north east and northwest of Toronto where one might visit and reflect on Canada’s Military contribution to our country.
Featured Military Museum
Huronia Museum is located in Midland, Ontario, Canada. It features a replica of a “pre-contact” Huron/Ouendat village, including a lookout tower, wigwam and a full-size longhouse . The museum also features an exhibit gallery featuring tens of thousands of historic artifacts ranging from military & war artifacts, photographs, native archaeology and art by members of the Group of Seven, and others.
Featured Remembrance Day Parades & Ceremonies
On Wednesday November 11, members of the public are encouraged to attend a church service at the Haliburton Legion starting at 10:00am. Then at 10:45, a parade will make their way to the cenotaph for a traditional service complete with a wreath laying ceremony at 11:00am.
Please join members of the Minden Legion on Wednesday November 11th for a service at the town Cairn on Bobcaygeon Road.
Flesherton – Markdale Remembrance Day Ceremony
Annual cenotaph services are held at the Flesherton – Markdale Royal Canadian Legion Cenotaph in Markdale at the Grey Highlands municipal office location. Gather for 10 a.m. for 11 a.m. service.
Selwyn Remembrance Day Ceremony
Cenotaph Park, 8 Queen St., Lakefield | November 11, 10:50 a.m.
See more events in Midland
Remembrance Day Ceremony & Parade
The ceremony will happen outside the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre followed by the parade leading Downtown Midland on King Street. | November 11, 10am to 12pm
See more events in Muskoka
Huntsville Legion Remembrance Service and Parade
Royal Canadian Legion Cenotaph, 1-21 Veterans Way, Huntsville | November 11, 11:00 a.m.
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ANAF Barn, Maynooth
With the Maynooth Public School in attendance. All are welcome to show their respect and gratitude for our peace.
Denbigh Remembrance Day Wreath Laying
St. Lukes United Church, 188 Highway 28, Denbigh | November 2, 10:50 a.m.
Kinmount Civic Service of Remembrance
Cenotaph, 11 County Rd. 503, Kinmount | November 9, 11:00 a.m. and November 11, 11:00
Ontario’s Lake Country
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Orillia Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony
Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Cenotaph, 170 Colborne St. W., Orillia | November 11, 10:45 a.m.
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Pembroke Legion Remembrance Day Parade
Memorial Cenotaph Park, 1 Pembroke St. E., Pembroke | November 11, 10:45 a.m.
Renfrew Remembrance Day Ceremony and Parade
Renfrew Cenotaph, 127 Raglan St. S., Renfrew | November 11, 11:00 a.m.
For a list of other events taking place Wednesday November 11, visit Veterans Affairs Canada website.
Canada marks Veterans’ Week to honour and remember those who served our country, and those who serve today.
The Veteran’s Affairs Canada offers suggestions on how to commemorate Veterans’ Week
- Pin a poppy above your heart. See Poppy Campaign from the Royal Canadian Legion
- Attend the local Remembrance Day or event. Learn more about events taking place communities across Canada
- Talk to a friend or relative who has just returned home from Afghanistan or who served in other areas of conflict.
- Listen to Veterans talk about their experiences.
- Create a mashup and share it on the YouTube Channel and on our Veterans’ Week Remembrance Feed.
- Visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Facebook fan page, write on our wall and share how you remember.
- Change your Facebook profile picture to a poppy.
Remembrance Day, November 11
Most towns and communities will be honouring their local hero’s at cenotaphs and cemeteries throughout Canada. A number of special Remembrance day Commemorations can be found at events taking place communities across Canada
Military Highways in Ontario
The Peacekeepers’ Way Highway
The Peacekeepers Way (Highway 90) runs from Barrie to Angus and Base Borden, approximately 10-kilometre drive from Barrie. This is a reminder to think about our fore bearers and what they fought for during the two major wars, the Korean War and now Afghanistan. Visitors may attend the Borden Military Museum during operating hours.
The Highway of Heroes
The Highway of Heroes is a 170-kilometre stretch of Highway 401 between the eastern Ontario airbase in Trenton where the flag-drapped coffins of fallen soldiers arrive and the forensics centre in Toronto that receives them. A stop in Trenton to visit the National Air Force Museum of Canada is recommended.
Military Museums in Ontario
Base Borden Military Museum
CFB Borden in Angus Ontario
Near Barrie Ontario, The Base Borden Military Museum at Canadian Forces Base Borden provides an overview of Canadian military history. Exhibits include armoured and non-armoured vehicle development, logistics, medical and dental services, military police and intelligence, food services and the origin of the Canadian Air Force. Don’t miss Major-General Worthington Memorial Park or “Tank Park”. Educational tours focus on Canadian land and air military history from 1900 to the present and general tours are arranged for Canadian military history. See Base Borden Museum Photo Gallery.
Access from Highway 400 Barrie to Dunlop Street. West to Highway 90 “The Peackeepers Way” To Angus and Base Borden or North from Highway 89 and Simcoe Road 10 to Angus and CFB Borden.
Billy Bishop Museum-Owen Sound Ontario
The Billy Bishop Home and Museum in Owen Sound Ontario Canada is the birthplace of William Avery “Billy” Bishop, V.C., this country’s most famous WWI flying ace. Billy Bishop dedicated his life to aviation. By his skill and daring he became, at 24, Britain’s leading air ace, Commander of the first Canadian Air Force, and one of the most decorated Canadians in World War I. See Billy Bishop Museum, More information on Owen Sound
Bunker Military Museum
Military memorabilia from the Boer War to Desert Storm are on display at this converted railway station. Exhibits include magazines, newspapers, paperbacks, videos and hundreds of displays. Costumed tours can be arranged in advance.
Mailing Address: cobalt CNR Station, P.O. Box 384, Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0
Hours of Operation: May to Sept., daily 10am-4pm; other times by appointment
-level specific educational programs are offered
Mailing Address: 317 Park Avenue, Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 1C7
Hours of Operation: Mon. to Fri. 10am-4pm, Tues. evenings 8-10pm; other times by appointment
Georgina Military Museum
Georgian Military Museum is located at the north end of Keswick, on the east side of Woodbine a short distance north of Boyers Road … just before Woodbine bends east and becomes Baseline Road. Site of Annual Military Vehicle Day.
New Military Museum: Grey & Simcoe Foresters Regimental Museum
Military Buffs will be interested in this new Military Museum in the heart of Downtown Barrie across from the MacLaren Art Centre on Mulcaster Street within a stones through of Dunlop Street. See Historical Perspective, and Regiment Website