Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Canadian National Vimy Memorial
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11:59 PM - 12:00 AM
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11:59 PM - 12:00 AM
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11:59 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
11:59 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
11:59 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
11:59 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
11:59 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
11:59 PM - 12:00 AM
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Canada's most impressive tribute overseas to those Canadians who fought and gave their lives in the First World War is the majestic and inspiring Canadian National Vimy Memorial which overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge, about ten kilometers north of Arras. The Memorial does more than mark the site of the engagement that Canadians were to remember with more pride than any other operation of the First World War.
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  • Tigertribal
    Craigavon, United Kingdom1,028 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Memorial
    Wartime tunnels, trenches, craters & unexploded ordnance still litter the grounds of the site, which remains largely closed off for reasons of safety. Hill 145 was the highest point in the whole area. The strategic value of Vimy Ridge made it a prize possession & from the Allies point of view the German occupation of the Ridge was a major threat to any advance in the Somme region in 1917. Therefore, the decision was to give the task to the Canadians. Pyramids visable from the memorial are coal slags. University students arrive for 3 months from Canada to act as guides. Commemorates 11,169 soldiers.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Sue Wiggins
    Rugby, United Kingdom416 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent memorial
    We visited with our history group whilst staying in Arras to visit the SOMME memorials and cemeteries. This is a magnificent monument erected to the memory of those brave young Canadians who died on the SOMME. I personally found it very moving. The architecture is amazing and so fitting as a memorial.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 May 2024
  • Laurel M
    Calgary, Canada848 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stop at the Visitor Centre first and take a free guided tour of the grounds.
    There is no charge to visit here and we were given timed tickets to take a guided tour. Katie was our guide and showed us the hills where the communication trenches were and how they led to the front line. Only with a guide can you go into the ‘subway’. All very interesting. As we approached No Mans Land she pointed out the huge crater made by artillery. It’s now a peaceful grazing place full of sheep! Just beyond that is the German trench. The information panels inside the museum are very well done. There is also information on the building of the Vimy Memorial. You can walk to the Memorial or it’s a short 3 minute drive. Stunning to see. This is such an important place for Canadians as it was after the taking of Vimy Ridge that Canada was recognized on the world stage as separate from Great Britain. What a shame our current government removed the image from our passports.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 May 2024
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Laurel M
Calgary, Canada848 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
There is no charge to visit here and we were given timed tickets to take a guided tour. Katie was our guide and showed us the hills where the communication trenches were and how they led to the front line. Only with a guide can you go into the ‘subway’. All very interesting. As we approached No Mans Land she pointed out the huge crater made by artillery. It’s now a peaceful grazing place full of sheep! Just beyond that is the German trench.

The information panels inside the museum are very well done. There is also information on the building of the Vimy Memorial. You can walk to the Memorial or it’s a short 3 minute drive. Stunning to see. This is such an important place for Canadians as it was after the taking of Vimy Ridge that Canada was recognized on the world stage as separate from Great Britain. What a shame our current government removed the image from our passports.
Written 18 May 2024
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Sue Wiggins
Rugby, UK416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We visited with our history group whilst staying in Arras to visit the SOMME memorials and cemeteries. This is a magnificent monument erected to the memory of those brave young Canadians who died on the SOMME. I personally found it very moving. The architecture is amazing and so fitting as a memorial.
Written 10 May 2024
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Julie Y
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Beautiful site with an amazing feel about it. So well looked after and laid out. Many thanks to our guide Kim, who did an excellent job.
Written 17 March 2024
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Mary A
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Steeped in history of the great War 1914-1918 this memorial is a must visit if you are in the area. We stayed in Arras from which public transport is not available. We had to take a taxi that cost 60€ return.
It was worth it. There is no cost to visit Vimy Ridge . Tours are also free and are conducted by Canadian University students. The memorial itself is absolutely beautiful and pristine. The cemeteries are a must see. Beautifully manicured. It was a privilege to experience Vimy. It made me feel extremely proud and grateful for the sacrifices of the Canadian soldiers who gave their lives.
Written 29 October 2023
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Stephen G
Beckenham144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
At first glance you think that the monument could be something out of the a fantasy film such as Lord of the Rings, but as you approach you see the amount of care taken to look after the space and the number of cordoned off areas with notices about unexploded munitions.

It is a calm and surreal, paying tribute to the 11,285 Canadians who lost their lives in World War 1 and were never found to be buried. It is a number that is hard to fathom and a fraction of the total dead of the war.

As you walk around and look out to the surrounding countryside it is hard to imagine what it would have been like over 100 years ago. Personally, it whilst a memorial for the Canadians, it provides a just place with which to reflect and give thanks to all who stood up for freedom and democracy.
Written 27 October 2023
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David A
Preston, UK494 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Simple, quiet, respectful and horrifying all at the same time. This is a fitting memorial to those who served. On the same site are cemeteries, a visitor centre and trenches. You can also see the craters left by bombs.
Written 15 October 2023
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sandyanton1
Ayr, UK130 contributions
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Sept 2023 • Friends
Went here to see the restored trenches which have been reconstructed in their original position. Was really surprised at the surrounding landscape which is really pockmarked by the shellfire. Even after 100 years it’s apparent that this area was completely devastated, the trenches themselves are extremely well done and the young Canadian guides were really informative, well worth a visit
Written 19 September 2023
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Tigertribal
Craigavon, UK1,028 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Wartime tunnels, trenches, craters & unexploded ordnance still litter the grounds of the site, which remains largely closed off for reasons of safety.

Hill 145 was the highest point in the whole area. The strategic value of Vimy Ridge made it a prize possession & from the Allies point of view the German occupation of the Ridge was a major threat to any advance in the Somme region in 1917. Therefore, the decision was to give the task to the Canadians.

Pyramids visable from the memorial are coal slags.

University students arrive for 3 months from Canada to act as guides.

Commemorates 11,169 soldiers.
Written 21 July 2023
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Jason Robert south
Canmore, Canada260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
It was such an incredible experience to visit one of Canada's historical landmarks in Europe. Being able to see where my great grandfather and our forefathers fought in a crucial battle during World War 1.

Everything is upkept and displayed beautifully in remembrance of the fallen Canadians. Alot of the battlefield is still preserved, even all of the craters from the shelling and explosions, which was cool to see.

There is a guided tour through the underground tunnels which was really cool to see. I didn't even know that all of the employees are Canadians. The tour is free, you just have to ask at the front desk.

Everyone was so polite and friendly. Proud to have come here and see our history 🇨🇦
Written 25 June 2023
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irawine
Benicia, CA637 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I found Vimy Ridge Memorial Park to be moving and informative. The grounds are peppered with shell holes from World War 1 it is an amazing site. There is a small museum, restored trenches, and an opportunity to explore the underground tunnels with a guide. The guides here are university students from Canada, who, quite simply are great ambassadors for Canada. They are extremely personable, friendly, and knowledgeable. I strongly recommend a visit to Vimy Ridge.
Written 7 June 2023
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