Remembrance Day services, openings and closures


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Since 1931, Canadians have observed Nov. 11 as Remembrance Day, a time to pay tribute to those brave souls who have — and continue to — sacrifice their lives and safety for our country.

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This article was published 10/11/2017 (1956 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Since 1931, Canadians have observed Nov. 11 as Remembrance Day, a time to pay tribute to those brave souls who have — and continue to — sacrifice their lives and safety for our country.

The national holiday was chosen in recognition of the end of the First World War, which came to a close with the signing of the Armistice of Compiegne at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

On Saturday, Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held throughout Winnipeg. In addition to the services at local veteran’s clubs, a couple of major ceremonies will take place:

  • Winnipeg Remembrance Day Service: RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave., 10:15 a.m.
  • Vimy Ridge Park: 821 Preston Ave., 10:30 a.m.

The Free Press will not publish a print edition on Saturday, Nov. 11, but readers can visit for the latest news and information.

Many businesses and government services also change their hours on the holiday. Here’s a selection:



Kildonan Place, Grant Park, St. Vital Shopping Centre and Polo Park will all be open Saturday from 1-6 p.m. City Place and Portage Place will both be closed.

The Forks Market is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Most grocery stores, including Safeway (1-10 p.m.), Sobeys (1-11 p.m.), Superstore (noon-11 p.m.) and Walmart (open at 1 p.m.), are open Saturday.

Manitoba Liquor Mart stores in Winnipeg operate from 1 p.m. to regular closing hours. For details on exceptions and rural Liquor Mart hours, visit

Beer vendors and private wine stores set their own hours for the holiday, so Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries suggests the best way to find out if the one near you will be open, is to call.



The Assiniboine Park Zoo is open Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Manitoba Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Children’s Museum is open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Most movie theatres are open from 1 p.m. to regular closing hours.



There will be no changes to recycling and garbage collection, as Remembrance Day falls on a Saturday.

The Brady Road landfill is closed.



All leisure centres are closed Saturday.

City of Winnipeg swimming pools will be closed, with the exception of the Pan Am Pool and Cindy Klassen Recreational Centre.



Winnipeg Transit will operate on the regular Sunday schedule.

For route and schedule details, visit Winnipeg Transit online or contact 311.



All Winnipeg Public Library branches are closed Nov. 11 and Nov. 13.

For detailed information on branch hours, call 311 or visit the Winnipeg Public Library website.



Brookside, St. Vital and Transcona cemetery grounds are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On Nov. 13, cemetery offices will be closed.

For more information on city cemeteries, visit the municipal cemeteries branch online or contact 311.



Civic, provincial and federal offices are closed.

The Winnipeg Parking Authority will be closed from Saturday to Monday.

The Winnipeg Animal Services Agency will be closed.

Canada Post offices are closed Monday, Nov. 13, but post offices operated by the private sector will be open according to the hours of service of the host business.

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