Remembrance Day is officially a time to commemorate the brave men and women who’ve died in the line of duty, but many use it to honour all who’ve served in the armed forces.
To express gratitude for their service, various organizations and businesses across Canada offer special discounts and free services to veterans and active-duty military personnel.
Here are seven ways veterans can take advantage of these offers on Remembrance Day.
1. (Ontario) Free access to Ontario’s provincial parks:
The province of Ontario is recognizing the courage and dedication of veterans and active members of the Canadian Armed Forces in a unique way this year.
The province is offering free weekday day-use access to provincial parks throughout the entire year.
Veterans can present their valid Canadian Armed Forces identification card and proof of Ontario residency to access these beautiful natural spaces without having to pay a dime.
2. (GTA, Ontario) Free transit in the Greater Toronto Area:
In the GTA, Canadian veterans can ride certain public transit for free on Remembrance Day.
Brampton Transit provides free rides for veterans wearing their uniform or displaying their Veterans Pass.
Metrolinx will offer free rides on GO trains and buses, and the UP Express train also welcomes veterans and one companion at no cost to.
3. (British Columbia) Complimentary travel fares:
British Columbia’s major transportation agencies, BC Ferries, BC Transit, and TransLink, are offering complimentary travel to veterans on Remembrance Day.
Veterans can travel for free by presenting official Canadian military identification or wearing their uniform. BC seniors can also travel free on Remembrance Day.
4. (Canada-wide) Free brunch at the Canadian Brewhouse:
The Canadian Brewhouse invites veterans and active military personnel to enjoy a free brunch on Remembrance Day.
Simply arrive in uniform or show the appropriate forms of identification. Veterans can enjoy a hearty meal from open until 4 pm free of charge.
5. (Vernon, British Columbia) Free soup and sandwich at The Roster:
The Roster Sports Club Bar & Grill in Vernon, BC, offers free soup and sandwiches to veterans and members of the Canadian Armed Forces on Remembrance Day.
Proof of veteran or armed forces active-duty status is required.
6. (Penticton, British Columbia) Veterans night at the Penticton Vees Hockey Club:
The Penticton Vees Hockey Club in British Columbia will host “Veterans Night” on Remembrance Day, offering free admission to veterans and active service members.
Family members of veterans and active service members receive a special ticket offer, and local youth under 19 are free.
The event includes a Remembrance Day pre-game ceremony with cadets distributing poppies by donation.
7. (Winnipeg, Manitoba) Children’s Museum veteran’s special discount:
Throughout the month of November, the Manitoba Children’s Museum offers a 50% discount on general admission to veterans and still-serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
To receive this discount, present a valid Canadian military service identification card to an Admissions Attendant.