Journey across Canada

In the months leading up to the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy on June 6, 2019, Veterans Affairs Canada will be partnering with VIA Rail Canada, Parks Canada and community organizations to hold events across the country.

These events will highlight the long journeys that service members took across our country during the Second World War, mainly via the rail lines to Halifax, from where they sailed across the Atlantic to join our Allies bravely fighting for freedom in Europe.

As it stops across the country, from Vancouver to Halifax, a train will carry combat boots as symbols of the many Canadians who undertook a similar journey during the Second World War to serve our country. Accompanying ceremonies will commemorate the Canadians, from all walks of life, who sacrificed so much to defend peace and freedom during the Second World War.

All aboard!

Throughout April, May and June the train will travel to the following locations. Stay tuned as more locations will be added over the coming weeks!

  • April 2 – Churchill, MB
  • April 24 – Edmonton, AB
  • April 30 – Jasper, AB
  • May 3 – Saskatoon, SK
  • May 8 – Winnipeg, MB
  • May 15 – Toronto, ON
  • May 17 – Victoria, BC*
  • May 18 – Kingston, ON
  • May 23 - Corner Brook, NL
  • May 26 – Québec City, QC
  • June 2 – Moncton, NB
  • June 3 – Halifax, NS

* Combat Boots will be part of the commemorative event in Victoria, but not a train (as train tracks do not go to Victoria!).

** Dates and locations are subject to change at any time. Please continue to check back for more updates.

If you have questions regarding domestic Government of Canada initiatives for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions - Canada page.

If you have questions regarding overseas Government of Canada initiatives for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions - Overseas page

Search other 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy events in Canada

Date Title Location
2019-05-26 00:00:00.0 May 26, 2019 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy - Quebec City Quebec City, PQ
2019-05-30 00:00:00.0 May 30, 2019 Gods Acre Veterans Cemetery Candlelight Ceremony Victoria, BC
2019-06-05 00:00:00.0 June 5, 2019 From Sea to Storm: Remembering D-Day Hamilton, ON
2019-06-05 00:00:00.0 June 5, 2019 You'll Get Used To It! ... The War Show - Waterloo Waterloo, ON
2019-06-06 00:00:00.0 June 6, 2019 Joggins NS Remembers: D-Day 75th Anniversary and Cenotaph Re-dedication Joggins, NS
2019-06-06 00:00:00.0 June 6, 2019 75th Anniversary of D-Day and Battle of Normandy Ottawa, ON
2019-06-06 00:00:00.0 June 6, 2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony Yellowknife, NT
2019-06-06 00:00:00.0 June 6, 2019 D-Day From the Air presented by the Manitoba Chapter, Canadian Aviation Historical Society Winnipeg, MB
2019-06-06 00:00:00.0 June 6, 2019 The longest day: Remembering D-Day Hamilton, ON
2019-06-06 00:00:00.0 June 6, 2019 Leslie Hossack: D-Day, Normandy 1944 | June 6 Ottawa, ON
2019-06-06 00:00:00.0 June 6, 2019 Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the 19th Anniversary of the dedication of the Airborne Monument Nordegg, AB
2019-06-06 00:00:00.0 June 6, 2019 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the battle of Normandy Peterborough, ON
2019-06-06 00:00:00.0 June 6, 2019 Launch of the Our D-Day Collection La Pocatière, PQ
2019-06-08 00:00:00.0 June 8, 2019 Remembering D-Day & Normandy Service Calgary, AB
2019-06-27 00:00:00.0 June 27, 2019 You'll Get Used To It! ... The War Show - Grand Bend Grand Bend, ON
2019-06-29 00:00:00.0 June 29, 2019 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Halifax, NS
2019-08-17 00:00:00.0 August 17, 2019 The 98th Annual Warriors' Day Parade Toronto, ON
2019-11-01 00:00:00.0 November 1, 2019 Ted Barris - Juno Canadians at D-Day presented by the Manitoba Chapter of CAHS Winnipeg, MB
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