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The Canadian Battlefields Study Tour 2010

(sponsored by the Historica-Dominion Institute)
Written by Raymond Shirritt-Beaumont


In July 2010, I had the privilege of attending the Battlefields Study Tour of Northern France and Belgium. I went to get a firsthand idea of what would be involved to get a group of students to the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017. The tour taught me about hotels, bed and breakfasts, transportation, travel times, food – more than enough to get a start on planning. Secondly, I wanted to know if the tour would be a worthwhile learning experience for our students. The answer was a resounding yes! They’ll learn plenty about the battlefields and have a wonderful cultural experience as well. I returned to the sites with my family in August and had the opportunity to observe my sons immerse themselves in battle lore at the museums, search for shrapnel in the fields of France and Belgium, and see the sights. They had a great time! Below are links leading to a detailed report of the tour, organised by day.

  • World War I (13-16 July 2010):
    • 12 July - Toronto to Paris
    • 13 July - Ypres
    • 14 July - Essex Farm Cemetery, Passchendaele, Brooding Soldier Monument, and the Menin Road Cemetery
    • 15 July - Notre Dame de Lorette and the Vimy Ridge Memorial
    • 16 July - Dominion Cemetery, Ulster Tower Memorial, Tank Corps Memorial, and Meharicourt Communal Cemetery
  • World War II (17-23 July 2010):
    • 17 July - Dieppe and Normandy
    • 18 July - Juno Beach
    • 19 July - La Cambe German Military Cemetery, Omaha Beach, the Normandy American Cemetery, and the Musée du Débarquement
    • 20 July - Tactical Exercise Without Troops (TEWT) at Putot and and Bayeux Tour
    • 21 July - Operation Windsor, Operation Charnwood, and Abbaye d’Ardenne
    • 22 July - Operation Spring, Point 67, Verrières, Operation Totalize, and the Polish Military Cemetery
    • 23 July - Operation Tractable
    • 24 July - Paris
  • Family Tour (2-9 August 2010):
    • 2 August - Lille, France
    • 3 August - Lille, France (continued)
    • 4 August - Bailleul, Kemmel, Ypres and the Menin Gate ceremony
    • 5 August - Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery, Bedford House Cemetery, and Passchendaele
    • 6 August - Neuvelle-Saint-Vaast, Vimy Ridge, Mont St. Eloi, and Notre Dame de Lorette
    • 7 August - Hooge Crater, Sanctuary Wood, Hill 60, Tyne Cot Cemetery, and St. George's Memorial
    • 8 August - Lille: the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and the Citadel
    • 9 August - Lille to Northern England




Last updated: December 10, 2010



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