100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Countdown to 100th anniversary: 10 days to go

Soldier looking at the Vimy memorial

Graphic by: Joanna Gajdicar

On April 9th, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces will honour the sacrifices made during the First World War as they mark the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

For the first time, during the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought side-by-side, securing a great victory. The ingenuity and fighting skills demonstrated at Vimy marked the coming of age of the Canadian military.

Commemorative ceremonies will be taking place on April 9, 2017 at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France and the National War Memorial in Ottawa. About 100 soldiers from 58 Canadian Army units with battle honours will be part of a major Canadian Armed Forces contingent travelling to France, in order to take part in commemoration events on site.

Did you know?

  • Vimy Ridge is located in northern France, 175 kilometres north of Paris. It is a long, high hill that dominates the landscape.
  • The Battle of Vimy Ridge began on an Easter Monday at 5:30 am, when 20,000 Canadian soldiers attacked through sleet & snow.
  • Capturing Vimy Ridge owed partly to meticulous planning. A replica of the battlefield was built to allow troops to train.
  • Though the victory at Vimy came swiftly, it did not come without cost. There were 3,598 dead out of 10,602 Canadian casualties.
  • Four Canadians would earn the Victoria Cross during The Battle of Vimy Ridge. Only one of them would survive the war.
  • While the exact enlistment number is unknown, thousands of Indigenous people served during the First World War, fighting in numerous pivotal battles, including Vimy Ridge.

 

Community Events

DateEventLocationDescription
08-Apr-17 Black Watch Military Tattoo Montreal, QC The Royal Highlanders of Canada are proud to present the Black Watch Military Tattoo at the Bell Centre. Tickets are available for purchase at the Bell Centre box office.
Saturday, 8 April 2017, 3:00 pm
08-Apr-17 100th Anniversary of Vimy, Toronto Toronto, ON Vehicle displays and personnel will be set up at Fort York National Historic Site.
Saturday, 8 April 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 p.m.
09-Apr-17 Vimy 100th Anniversary ceremony Québec, QC A ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge will take place at The Citadelle of Quebec, in front of the Vimy Cross.
Sunday, 9 April 2017, 9:30 am
09-Apr-17 Vimy 100th Anniversary Parade, Petawawa Petawawa, ON Vimy commemoration parade from the Garrison to the Petawawa Civic Centre.
Sunday, 9 April 2017, 1:00 pm
09-Apr-17 Vimy 100 Commemoration Parade, Edmonton Edmonton, AB Vimy 100th Commemorative Parade.
Sunday, 9 April 2017, 11:00 am
09-Apr-17 Royal Westminster Regiment Vimy Parade New Westminster, BC Vimy Commemoration parade, Queen's Park, New Westminster.
Sunday, 9 April 2017, 1:30 pm
09-Apr-17 Manitoba Remembers Vimy Ridge Winnipeg, MB Vimy commemoration parade from Vimy Ridge Park to Memorial Road.
Sunday, 9 April 2017, 12:00 pm
09-Apr-17 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge Regina, SK Commemoration service at the Cenotaph, Victoria Park.
Sunday, 9 April 2017, 10:15 am
09-Apr-17 Vimy 100th Anniversary Parade, Kelowna Kelowna, BC Parade to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Vimy.
Sunday, 9 April 2017, 1:00 pm
09-Apr-17 Vimy 100th Anniversary Parade, Vernon Vernon, BC Parade to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Vimy.
Sunday, 9 April 2017, 9:00 am
09-Apr-17 100th Anniversary of Vimy, Toronto Toronto, ON Vimy Commemoration parade featuring the Queen's York Rangers and 7th Toronto Regiment.
Sunday, 9 April 2017, 2:00 pm

 

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