About

The Vimy Foundation, founded in 2006, is a Canadian charity with directors and members across the country. The mission of the Vimy Foundation is to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy as symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917, a milestone where Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage.

The Foundation carries out its mission by:

• spreading awareness through its educational programs, both domestic and overseas;

• spreading awareness through distributing souvenir items such as Vimy pins and Pilgrimage medals;

• spreading awareness through promoting greater recognition of April 9th as Vimy Day;

• spreading awareness through planning events for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle in 2017.

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Programs

At the Vimy Foundation we are dedicated to creating opportunities for young Canadians to learn about our First World War legacy, as symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge nearly 100 years ago.

That’s why we develop education programs to send youth from across the country to visit battlegrounds and memorials in France and Belgium and why we are spearheading the building of the new Education Centre at the site of the Vimy Memorial in France.

Upcoming Events

March 1 2017 - December 31 2018

1 March 2017 – 31 December 2018 – Juno Beach Centre – Temporary Exhibitions “From Vimy to Juno: Remembering Canadians in France” :

Until 31 December 2018
Temporary Exhibition hall
Included in the museum entrance fee. Visit the temporary exhibition alone: 3€

Vimy and Juno. Two names, two world wars, two great victories for Canadians. One hundred years ago in 1917, Canadians captured Vimy Ridge in the Pas de Calais region. 27 years later in 1944, Canadians landed on Juno Beach in Normandy, and took part in the liberation of France.

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May 26 2018 - May 27 2018

The Great War in Colour – Doors Open Toronto :

The First World War was a transformative experience for Canada and while the memory of the conflict and its impacts on our collective consciousness are slowly vanishing, these colourized photos capture our attention. They provide us with a clearer understanding of what the First World War would have looked like to the people who lived it.

The Vimy Foundation’s travelling exhibit The Great War in Colour:  A new look at Canada’s First World War effort – 1914-1918 will be on display at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario during Doors Open Toronto, May 26-27, 2018.

Please visit their website for more information:

Legislative Assembly of Ontario

 

 

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Vimy 100

The Vimy Foundation is leading the charge to commemorate the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge – the First World War battle that paved the way to an Allied victory, and solidified Canada as a sovereign nation. We are spearheading a featured project, together with the government of Canada: the design and construction of the new Vimy Visitor Education Centre in France, which opened on the 100th anniversary of this important battle, on April 9, 2017.

The Vimy Foundation, founded in 2006, is a Canadian charity with directors and members across the country.

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The message of Vimy Ridge is one of bravery and sacrifice. The battle, which took place on April 9, 1917, is commonly highlighted as a turning point in Canadian history, where the four Canadian divisions fought together as a unified fighting force for the first time. While 3,598 Canadian soldiers were killed during the battle, the impressive victory over German forces is often cited as the beginning of Canada’s evolution from dominion to independent nation.