From Vimy to Juno: Remembering Canadians in France

Starting March 1, 2017

Vimy and Juno. Two names, two world wars, two great victories for Canadians. One hundred years ago, in 1917, Canadians captured Vimy Ridge in the Pas de Calais region. 27 years later, in 1944, Canadians landed on Juno Beach in Normandy, and took part in the liberation of France.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the Juno Beach Centre will present a temporary exhibition retracing these two great moments in Canadian history, that allows visitors to get closer to those who experienced great victories.

The exhibition will be embedded with a timeline that retraces the story of Canada’s involvement on French soil in successive steps, going from the conflicts to their commemoration. This chronological approach allows a better understanding of reasons for enlisting in the military, the mourning that families experienced, as well as how Canadians developed a culture of commemoration throughout the 20th century.

How did Canadians commemorate their fallen soldiers? How did the French play a role in preserving this memory?


Giving you access to interactive historical content within our temporary exhibition, this mobile application will allow you to better understand these periods of history with family stories between 1914 an today, while spending a moment together with family and friends. Yuo will also be able to share your experiences on social media!


Featured image: Credit: Library and Archives Canada / 

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