Around the Memorial '14-18
FROM CANADA TO VIMY
At the centre of a 107-hectare forest, the Parc commémoratif du Canada (Canadian Commemorative Park) invites you to visit its impressive monument looking out over the plain that pays tribute to the 66,000 Canadian soldiers who died in France during the war. A visitor centre and reconstructed trenches complete the visit, in a landscape that is still strewn with craters from shells, mines and covered with a coniferous forest.
In Lens, a visit to the Louvre-Lens museum park is not to be missed. The team at the museum offers many tours, workshops and events for visitors of all ages, starting with babies aged 9 months and older. Louvre-Lens is home to collections belonging to the Louvre Paris museum and presents them in a new backdrop in the Galerie du Temps.
With the Arenberg pit in Wallers, Delloye pit in Lewarde and 9-9bis pit in Oignies, the 11/19 pit in Loos-en-Gohelle is one of four major production sites that represent the mining history of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Mining Basin, which is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
THE WELLINGTON TUNNEL
The Wellington Tunnel, a memorial of the Battle of Arras, opens to the public the network of underground tunnels that had a decisive role in the 1917 WWI battle. This location highlights the soldiers’ strategy, the involvement of allies and the importance of the town in the history of the First World War.
1914 – 1918
Having become common after the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War, a number of French communities erected monuments in the aftermath of World War I in memory of their children who died for their country.
TOUR THE MEMORIAL TRAILS BY BIKE
Whether walking or on bikes, explore the memorial trails in Nord-Pas-de-Calais that bore witness to the events of WWI. There are almost 150 km of routes to explore monuments, landscapes and hear about both large and small stories from the war.
Set up in the same place where the CWGC production workshops are located, The CWGC Experience will allow visitors to discover the reality of this immense task: thanks to specific installations, they will be able to see the highly qualified craftsmen of the CWGC at work. Equipped with their tools and dedicated machines, stonecutters, carpenters, blacksmiths and mechanics will demonstrate their daily work. An audioguide will complete this visit by giving the floor to the Commission's staff
LES CIMETIÈRES BRITANNIQUES
Britain’s remembrance is represented by more than 800 cemeteries, which are mostly established on the site of a temporary cemetery on the front or near to an old aid station. Among the largest is Cabaret-Rouge in Souchez; established in 1916, it is a magnificent location and an excellent example of the fine memorials put in place by the British Empire following the war.
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