Isabel Rawrowski talks about the Wellington Tunnels @                                                           2 Minutes 50 Seconds

Melanie Paul-Hus discusses WWI commemoration activities @                                           15 Minutes 35 Seconds

Francois Bergez describes the Battle of Somme plus area @                                                  34 Minutes 50 Seconds

April 9,1917 is the day it is said Canada became a nation.  After unsuccessful battles to take Vimy Ridge, Canadian soldiers took it in 3 days.

It is believed that this singular event was part of the reason Britain granted Canada and other Commonwealth Nations full independence a few years after the war.

Vimy Ridge memorial in Northern France
The Newfoundlanders caribou mascot during WWI, before they became a part of Canada.

Newfoundland was not a part of Canada in World War I but their heroic efforts and sacrifices earned the respect of all in that Great War.


They are honoured today on the site so many of them fought and died.

The various underground tunnels, the rebuilding of Northern France, the museums and sites today.  All this is good reason to visit that region as they commemorate the battles that were fought from 1914-1918.

The site of the Christmas truce where the Germans and British stopped fighting in 1914 to trade gifts and play a game of soccer is one of the more fascinating events of the war.