A million Canadians fought to end World War II. The Canadians landed on Juno Beach, a beach about ten miles long stretching from Courseulles-sur-Mer to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, in Normandy.
For Canadians, it was about liberty from barbaric Nazi domination and for some, a return to roots in Normandy, like the North Shore Regiment that liberated Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer counting one fifth of Acadians among their troops.
The Juno Beach Centre is an informative place of remembrance dedicated to the Canadians who fought and lost their lives on the landing beaches. At the centre, Canadian guides tell the story of their forefathers during the Second World War.
The Minister of Canadian Heritage himself declared Juno Beach as a site of national importance.
With the neighbouring Sword Beach, Gold Beach formed part of the British landing zone for the Normandy landings in World War II on June 6th, 1944.
In front of Asnelles and Ver-sur-Mer, General Graham's 50th Northumbrian Division made the attack at 7:25 am, an hour after the Americans because of the tide. A total of 25,000 soldiers landed on Gold Beach on D-Day, known as the "longest day".
During your visit to the D-Day Museum in Arromanches you will learn more about the history and operation of the city's artificial harbour, on which the site is built and which played a key in the Battle of Normandy.
This pioneering Museum of the D-Day Landings also offers a presentation of various stages of the Allied Landings, from the design of the Port Winston artificial harbour to the liberation of the Normandy coast, with models, animations, diorama, videos and so on.
The Caen Memorial is a large and modern museum dedicated to 20th century history. Building on a potent, original and emotionally-charged layout, the museum's permanent display offers a mind-boggling journey into the past but also a reflection on what might lie ahead. Over 380,000 visitors come to the Caen Memorial Museum every year, half of whom are under 20 and one in two are visiting with their families.
The Memorial de Caen was inaugurated by François Mitterrand in 1988 as a museum and memorial. It has been widely recognised for its innovative and creative educational approach. A place to visit with the family, to reflect on the past and celebrate peace.
Opened in 1994 for the 50th anniversary of D-Day, the Colline aux Oiseaux is a vast expanse of greenery and flowers covering more than 17 hectares.
The various gardens offer plenty of walks: the large rose garden, the French town garden, the twin city garden or the maze.
Normandy is shown in 1/1000th scale, and the region's specialities and particularities are also on display. This is the ideal place to relax and to discover a wide variety of plants.