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Veterans ride free on Warriors Day, August 21



Veterans can ride free on several transit systems in the Greater Toronto Area on Saturday, August 21.

On that day, the Canadian National Exhibition hosts its annual Warriors Day, including a parade, and vets and companions can enter the CNE for free that day.

Veterans may ride many area public transit systems without having to pay a fare. In most cases, the families of deceased veterans may also ride buses, streetcars and subway trains free of fare. The free service is available on vehicles serving all routes that the transit systems operate on Saturday, not just those serving the “Ex”.

Generally, the transit systems request veterans to wear their uniforms, medals or something else that would clearly identify them as veterans, so they don’t have to pay a fare like other passengers. Families of deceased veterans riding transit vehicles should also bring some form of identification.

Transit systems that offer free rides for vets next Saturday include:

Brampton Transit

World War II, Korean War or Merchant Marine wartime veterans who live in Brampton ride free all year-round — not just on Warriors Day. You can pick up a form to apply for free transit service at at transit terminals and local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Durham Region Transit

Veterans ride free on Warriors Day.

GO Transit

If you’re a veteran, you and one companion may ride free on Warriors Day. Anyone else traveling with you must buy tickets or passes. You and your companion can take any GO train or bus anytime on Warriors’ Day — you don’t have to buy a ticket.

On the train, simply get on board — you don’t need to identify yourself, unless a fare inspector asks you while you’re on the train. On the bus, identify yourself as a veteran to the bus driver. Please wear your medals, beret, blazer, uniform, or something else that clearly identifies you as a war veteran.

The immediate families of deceased veterans may also ride free. Please make sure you carry something to identify your relationship to the deceased veteran, such as an identification card or service papers.

Grand River Transit

Veterans can ride free year-round, not just on Warriors Day — but you’ll need to apply for a special lifetime veterans’ pass. You can find more information and an application form here.

Guelph Transit

Veterans can ride free year-round, not just on Warriors Day — but you’ll need to apply for a special lifetime veterans’ pass. You can find more information and an application form here.

miWay (Mississauga Transit)

Veterans can ride free on Warriors Day and on Remembrance Day, Thursday, November 11. A companion riding with your may also ride free. Wear your uniform, medals or another item that clearly identifies you as a veteran to the driver, so you don’t have to pay a fare that day.

Toronto Transit Commission

Veterans of war and peacekeeping missions can ride the TTC free of charge. The TTC requires Canadian war veterans and peacekeepers to show their service medals or ribbons to receive free access to buses, streetcars, subways and the Scarborough rapid transit line. A companion may ride free as well.

York Region Transit

Veterans and one companion may ride free on Warriors’ Day. The immediate family of deceased war veterans may also ride free.


Military parades and demonstrations have been an important tradition of the Canadian National Exhibition since it started in 1879. In 1921, the “Ex” board of governors decided that the parades would formally salute veterans of World War I. The board formed the Warriors’ Day Parade Council to make sure that Torontonians paid ongoing tribute to former and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

This year, the Warriors’ Day Parade celebrates four major military anniversaries:

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