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  • Address: Vimy, France
Just southwest of Lille is the historic farming town of Vimy, a popular day trip destination from Paris among history buffs and the site of aggressive fighting during World War I. The town’s definitive Battle of Vimy Ridge, fought between Canadian and German troops in 1917, resulted in a Canadian victory that proved essential in the advancement of British forces.

Even so, this led to more than 10,000 Canadian casualties, and the Canadian National Viny Memorial has since been instated on a 250-acre portion of the former battleground to honor those lost. In 1922, France granted the land for the memorial, and in 1936, it opened for all to come and pay respects. 

Although a portion of the site is still off limits to the public due to dangerous wartime trenches and craters, the twin statuary, which have the names of all who fought in the battle inscribed on the stone foundation surrounding them, can be seen from miles away. The memorial cemetery serves as the final resting for most of the 3,598 soldiers who gave their lives in the fight.

Practical Info

Vimy is located at the junction of the D51 and the N17 roads. It is on the crest of Vimy Ridge, which overlooks the Artois region. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. In December and January, it is open only by appointment. Guided tours of the battlefield and its underground tunnels are available.

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Small-Group Day Trip to Arras and Vimy Ridge WW1 Battlefields from Paris, Paris, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Small-Group Day Trip to Arras and Vimy Ridge WW1 Battlefields from Paris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 61 Reviews

Discover France’s World War 1 history on this small-group day trip from Paris to some of northern France’s most famous battlefields and cemeteries. Venture to ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $236.58
9 Hour Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour departing from Arras or Lille, Lille, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

9 Hour Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour departing from Arras or Lille

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Stand in the tunnels where Canadian troops stood before the assault on Vimy Ridge, visit the Canadian and German trenches. You will see the scattered landscape ...  Read more

Location: Bruges, Belgium
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $303.15
Half-Day Tour From Arras or Lens Station to Canada National Vimy Memorial, Arras, Historical & ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Half-Day Tour From Arras or Lens Station to Canada National Vimy Memorial

I will pick you up at the train station or at your hotel and drive you in an air-conditioned vehicle for this 3-hour tour at Vimy Ridge. You find english and ...  Read more

Location: Arras, France
Duration: 2 to 3 hrs

From USD $21.40
Round Trip Transfer: Arras, Lens Station or Hotel to Vimy Ridge, Arras, Cultural Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Round Trip Transfer: Arras, Lens Station or Hotel to Vimy Ridge

I will pick you up at the train station or at your hotel and drive you  at Vimy Ridge. We set together the time of return and i pick you up at Vimy and ...  Read more

Location: Arras, France
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $14.27

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