Trail of the Caribou

Caribou Monument at Gueudecourt Newfoundland Memorial

Following the First World War, five battlefield memorials were built in France and Belgium to commemorate Newfoundland’s accomplishments, contributions and sacrifices during the First World War.

With a bronze Caribou Monument featured at each, today these five sites are informally known as Trail of the Caribou. Together they represent some of the most important moments in Newfoundland's First World War experience.

Following the Trail

Visitors to France and Belgium wishing to visit all five Newfoundland memorial sites will find driving instructions from major cities to each memorial at the links above. You may also find the GPS coordinates below helpful:

Map indicating five battlefield memorials
  • Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial: N50.073611, E2.648056 (France)
  • Gueudecourt Newfoundland Memorial: N50.065086, E2.853678 (France)
  • Masnières Newfoundland Memorial: N50.123423, E3.211645 (France)
  • Monchy-le-Preux Newfoundland Memorial: N50.270556, E2.893333 (France)
  • Courtrai Newfoundland Memorial: N50.838752, E3.28517 (Belgium)

While you may choose to begin at any site, the following estimated travel times may be of assistance:

  • Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial to Gueudecourt Newfoundland Memorial: 30 minutes
  • Gueudecourt Newfoundland Memorial to Masnières Newfoundland Memorial: 45 minutes
  • Masnières Newfoundland Memorial to Monchy-le-Preux Newfoundland Memorial: 45 minutes
  • Monchy-le-Preux Newfoundland Memorial to Courtrai Newfoundland Memorial: 1 hour

As you plan your trip, be sure to keep the following in mind:

  • While some tour operators offer transportation along the same route or may be willing to design a custom tour, there is no public transportation available between the sites and visitors wishing to follow Trail of the Caribou independently will require their own transportation.
  • When local driving conditions are accounted for, visiting all five sites in succession requires approximately three hours of driving (plus visiting and rest time).
  • Some of the memorials listed can be difficult to locate. We recommend using the GPS coordinates above and reviewing the driving directions provided on each memorial's page carefully.
  • Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, the largest of the five sites, offers a Visitor Centre and interpretive elements; however, the remaining four sites feature Caribou Monuments alone. Understanding the significance of each location will require research and we encourage you to consult the links above to learn more about each location.
  • The area you are exploring is rich with commemorative sites, including First and Second World War memorials and cemeteries. Consult our interactive map of Canadian memorials and check local tourism sites like Somme Tourism for information on other sites of interest nearby.

Employees of Veterans Affairs Canada are unable to provide trip planning assistance or advice/recommendations regarding transportation or accommodations. To assist you in your planning, the following links may be helpful:

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