2020 VPA Itinerary
(*Subject to change.)



April 2   Thursday

  • Students and Chaperones depart from Canada

April 3   Friday

  • Arrival day – travel to Ypres

April 4   Saturday

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

April 5   Sunday

  • 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   Monday

  • Mons Memorial Museum
  • Symphorien Military Cemetery
  • Cambrai, Canal du Nord, and Bourlon Wood
  • Delville Wood South African National Memorial
  • Courcelette Canadian Memorial

April 7   Tuesday

  • Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum
  • Beaumont Hamel
  • Thiepval

April 8   Wednesday

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

April 9   Thursday

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

April 10 Friday

  • 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 Wars. Please consider all of the above when applying.