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Canadian National Vimy Memorial

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 kilometres 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. It stands as a tribute to all who served their country in battle in that four-year struggle and particularly to those who gave their lives.

Visitor Information

Visit Vimy

Find contact information and learn more about visiting the memorial site.

Visitor education centre

Learn about our new centre.

Take a Virtual Tour

Visit Vimy from anywhere in the world using virtual reality, video and web-based tools.

Important notice

Visitor centres are open!

Visitors may now access the monuments, trails and visitor centres at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial. Please respect social distancing recommendations and safety guidelines during your visit.

New: In accordance with new guidelines issued by the French government, all visitors must present their “Pass Sanitaire” or COVID certificate to access the visitor centres.

Access to the monuments and other sections of the sites remain possible without the pass. If you are visiting from Canada, you can obtain a temporary health pass from the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

There are no guided tours for the time being. In the meantime, we invite you to download self-guided tour maps or take a virtual tour of our sites. Your patience is appreciated. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

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About the Memorial

A Nation Grieves

A brief overview of the memorial, its history and significance.

Battle of Vimy Ridge

Learn more about this historic battle through lesson plans and historical information.

Design and construction

Learn more about this designated historic site as well as the concept, construction and design of the monument.

Fast facts

Uncover interesting facts about the memorial and its journey from concept to reality.

Photo galleries

View historical and modern photos of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.

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