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Vimy Ridge Memorial

Givenchy-en-Gohelle, Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy, France

About Vimy Ridge Memorial

The striking Vimy Ridge Memorial is dedicated to the more than 60,000 Canadians who lost their lives in World War One.

Located on the site of a major victory by Canadian forces, the Battle of Vimy Ridge took place on 9th – 12th April 1917. During this action, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps captured the strategically important ridge and significantly aided the wider outcome of the Battle of Arras, of which the battle formed a part.

As the location of such a crucial Canadian victory, it was at Vimy Ridge that the Canadians chose as the site for their national memorial, and the site commemorates all those Canadians who fought in the war, as well as listing those with no known grave.

As well as the towering memorial, the site includes a number of restored First World War trenches and tunnels, which can also be explored by visitors.