Interpretive Centre Vimy Memorial Park, France
The Interpretive Centre at Vimy Memorial Park was officially inaugurated at the Vimy Memorial Park on 9th November 1997. The centre is administered by Veterans Affairs Canada.
The centre provides information about the Vimy Ridge in the First World War and the part played by the Canadian Corps to recapture this important high ground in the Battle of Vimy Ridge from 9th to 12th April 1917.
There are maps, presentation boards explaining the battle, photographs, militaria exhibits and personal artefacts on display. There is a film showing documentary footage.
A small range of postcards, books and pamphlets related to the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Canadian National Memorial is available at the reception desk.
Guided tours of the tunnels and trenches are available free of charge, subject to availability. Tours last for about 50 minutes.
For a group of less than 10 people tours are available on a first come, first served basis. Go to the Interpretive Centre to arrange your tour.
For a group of 10 or more people a reservation is recommended. Up to 25 people can be accommodated in a tour group of the tunnels and trenches.
Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Suitable footwear is recommended. Tours are not recommended for persons with reduced mobility or claustrophobia.
Note that reservations for guided tours cannot be made for Mondays and the following public holidays: 9 April, 1 July, 5 November, 6 November, 11 November.
Enquiries regarding reservations and visitor information can be made to:
Telephone: (from Canada) 011 33 3 22 76 70 86; (from Europe) +33 3 22 76 70 86
Canadian National Vimy Memorial
The Memorial Park site is free of charge and the Vimy Memorial and the two British military cemeteries on the site are accessible at all hours.
Two parts of the site have opening hours. These are the Interpretive Centre and the Grange Subway tunnel. The visitors' Interpretive Centre with guided tours of the tunnels available are:
- Open daily, except 25th December and 1st January.
- 28th January to 1st December 2013: Monday 10.00 - 17.00 hours; Tuesday - Sunday 09.00 - 17.00 hours
- 2nd December 2013 to 28th January 2014: Reduced hours of operation. Telephone or email for further information.
Paths are provided as an alternative to steps at the Vimy Interpretation Centre and through the centre of the site of the preserved trenches. The trench system itself and the tunnels are not wheelchair accessible.
There is ample free parking for cars and coaches at the site at the memorial and at the Interpretive Centre. There is a gate across the entrance to the car park next to the Interpretive Centre. This car park is closed to vehicles at the times when the Interpretive Centre is closed (see opening hours above), but visitors can park outside this gate and walk through to visit the preserved trenches.
There are toilets available for visitors next to the Vimy Interpretive Centre, open during the hours given above.
Interpretive Centre Vimy Memorial Park Location
The Interpretive Centre is situated in the Canadian National Vimy Memorial Park. This is located near the village of Vimy about 5 miles (8 kilometres) north-east of Arras on the N17 to Lens. The memorial park is signposted just south of the village of Vimy. The Vimy Interpretive Centre and the location of the Vimy Memorial, the preserved trenches and tunnels are well signposted in the park.
(Note that the aerial satellite image of the Vimy Memorial on the location map includes the scaffolding for the renovation work which was completed in 2006.)
Canadian National Vimy Memorial and Memorial Park
Find out about the Memorial to the Canadians who fought in the First World War, the names of the 11,000 Canadians missing in action, how the memorial came about, its design and how it was constructed.Canadian National Vimy Memorial and Memorial Park