Canadian monument at Vimy
A symbol of two countries, France and Canada
Vimy Memorial stands on the highest point of ridge 145, rising up above the Lens and Artois plane, and commemorates the action in which four Canadian divisions took this highly strategic point in April 1917. The monument comprises two 40-metre pylons in white Seget stone together with numerous allegorical statues symbolising the two countries of France and Canada, and the inspiration for it came to its architect Walter Seymour Allward in a dream.
It is a key remembrance site for Canada, which views this battle as a founding moment in the life of the young nation, and indeed for all First World War belligerents. This spot will delight history lovers, people out walking with their family, confirmed athletes, and hikers looking for peace and quiet.
To the valour of their countrymen in the Great War, and in memory of their sixty thousand dead this monument is raised by the people of Canada.
Each tree planted represents the sacrifice of one soldier
It is a quiet spot conducive to recollection, a place full of memories where each tree represents the sacrifice of one soldier. Not far from the monument is a reconstruction of two trenches, one Canadian and one German, set amid the deep craters caused by landmines exploding. Don't be surprised to see lambs gambolling in the meadows round and about.
Nearly 10 kilometres of galleries were dug to take this German stronghold, and some of them may be visited with a guide. This site is of course a place of remembrance and part of the commemorations marking the centenary of the Great War, but it is above all a key destination for any visitor passing through the region.
Route Départementale 55 – 62580 VIMY -Tel.: +33 (0)3 21 50 68 68 - Fax: +33 (0)3 21 58 58 34
Lens Tourist Office organises guided visits of the site and a "Battlefields of Artois" circuit.
Tel: +33 (0)3 21 67 66 66
Opening times: the site is open every day throughout the year.
From 1 May to 31 October from 10 AM to 6 PM
From 1 November to 30 April from 9 AM to 5 PM