2019 VPA Itinerary (subject to change)

April 2   Tuesday 

  • Students and Chaperones depart from Canada            

April 3   Wednesday              

  • Arrival day – travel to Ypres                     

April 4   Thursday       

  • Essex Farm (John McCrae's Dressing Station) 
  • Langemark cemetery 
  • Menin Gate                       
  • In Flanders Fields Museum                                             

April 5   Friday           

  • Ypres Guided Salient Tour (Includes Passchendaele Memorial, Christmas Soccer Truce Memorial, Messines Church, Tyne Cot, Hill 60 and the Caterpillar, St. Julien Memorial, Hooge Crater Cemetery, et al.)
  • Last Post Ceremony                                                                 

April 6   Saturday   

  • Mons Museum and St. Symphorien Military Cemetery
  • Cambrai and Bourlon Wood    

April 7   Sunday             

  • Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum
  • Beaumont Hamel            
  • Thiepval
  • Courcelette Canadian Memorial                                                                               

April 8   Monday               

  • Notre-Dame-de-Lorette 
  • Cabaret Rouge
  • Ring of Remembrance    
  • Hill 70              

April 9   Tuesday

  • Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Tunnels, and Trenches              
  • Vimy Day Ceremony                                                              
  • Neuville St. Vaast German Cemetery                           
  • Maison Blanche                               

April 10 Wednesday 

  • All participants and chaperones depart for home.

Please note: The Vimy Pilgrimage Award (VPA) is first and foremost an intensive educational program which requires full engagement and may pose potential challenges. Applicants should take into consideration that the VPA program itinerary not only includes full days of educational content, but also a great deal of walking in and around cemeteries, historical sites, and museums, including climbing steep, long staircases. The nature of the program's content can also be a very intense emotional experience for some as the focus is on the First World War. Please consider all of the above when applying.

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