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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.

Veterans Affairs Canada is not responsible for the content of external links shared. These are shared for information that may be of benefit to visitors.

Events

  • Are you planning a commemorative event at a Canadian or Newfoundland memorial site in Europe? Share details on our calendar of events!
  • If you would like to organize an event or activity at one of our nine Canadian or five Newfoundland First World War memorials, please contact us at vac.vimy.acc@canada.ca

Site Restrictions


Visitor Services

Maintenance work is scheduled to begin at the following memorials and sites. Visitors will be able to view the memorials during this period, however access to some areas may be restricted to ensure the safety of workers and visitors. This work is an important part of Veterans Affairs Canada’s continuing commitment to preserve and protect important Canadian cultural resources.

  • Bourlon Wood Canadian Memorial, France – Restoration and maintenance. Ongoing.
  • Hill 62 (Sanctuary Wood) Canadian Memorial, Belgium – Restoration and maintenance. Ongoing
  • Passchendaele Canadian Memorial, Belgium – Maintenance. June 8-12, 2020.

Interpretive Services

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

  • Tunnel and trench tours take place every 30 minutes from opening until 30 minutes before the site closes. Please consult our Frequently Asked Questionsfor information on hours of operation and details on how to book your tour when you arrive at the site.
  • Visitors who wish to visit the Grange tunnel at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial should expect uneven terrain, enclosed spaces and a descent of up to 10 metres. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult (one adult for every two children) to take part in the tunnel tour.

Upcoming Events

Visit our calendar of events to view or share information on upcoming activities.

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