Vimy Pilgrimage Award

Canadian students can win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk in the footsteps of history at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.


Young Canadians, aged 14-17, who demonstrate outstanding service, positive contributions and bravery are eligible to apply for the Vimy Foundation’s annual Vimy Pilgrimage Award.  This is a fully-funded immersive educational program in Belgium and France to study Canada’s tremendous First World War effort.

The 2017 program took place April 7-16, 2017, and included interactive education and visits to significant First World War battlefields, cemeteries, and memorials including the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. The 2017 visit to Vimy was a unique occasion: on April 9, students joined by thousands of others from Canada and around the world to mark the 100th anniversary of the historic battle.

 2017 Vimy Pilgrimage Award recipients

Thank you to all who applied. Information on the 2018 Vimy Pilgrimage Award will be available in September 2017.

Collage - photos VPA 2017

Please click here for more information including rules and regulations on Canada’s History website.

Curious about past programs? Click here for the 2016 Vimy Pilgrimage Award recipients.
Click here to view photos from the 2016 Vimy Pilgrimage Award program.

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Thank you to The Peter Cundill Foundation for their generous support of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award.  Established in 2012, The Peter Cundill Foundation honours the legacy of renowned Canadian investment fund manager and philanthropist, F. Peter Cundill FCA, CFA, 1938-2011. The Foundation has an emphasis on promoting the health, education and wellbeing of young people.

Thank you to Canada’s History and to EF Educational Tours Canada for their ongoing support of the Vimy Pilgrimage Award.