JUNO BEACH : CANADIAN SECTOR – FULL DAY TOUR
Réf : Tour 6A
Program : The Ardenne Abbaye – The Château Audrieu – Memorials in Authie & Buron & Villon-les-Buissons – The Canadian Cemetery in Bény-Reviers – The Canada House – The house of the journalists & war correspondants – Juno Beach – Juno Beach Center & its park
Pick-up/Drop-off places : Caen at the foot of the castle in front of St Peter’s church near the tourist information center.
Other picking places: Caen train & bus stations/Bayeux/Courseulles-sur-Mer/Bernières-sur-Mer/Saint Aubin/Ouistreham/Port-en-Bessin : contact us for schedules & conditions.
Daily departure : 9 :00 am – Return 18:00 pm all over the year. In some periods, some other departures available early in the morning.
Rates: 100 € (95€ <18 years) – free for children under 3.
JUNO BEACH CENTER included & access to all sites & monuments. Lunch is not included in the rate. Your guide will recommand you some eating places according to your budget if you don’t take away your own lunch (fast food, brasserie, cafés, bakeries, supermarkets …).
Process of booking : a confirmation will be sent to you with all details. No deposit required. Payment made the day of your tour directly to your guide by cash or by credit card for payment over 130€ (amex/visa/mastercard).
Tips : Take good walking shoes and comfortable clothes. We supply umbrellas and bottles of water in the vehicles. There is a 45 minutes break for lunch time. We have car seats adapted to the different ages of the children. In general, the circuits are not suitable for children under 10 years.
This tour lasts 9h00 and follows in Canadian footsteps. Juno beach owns a large number of monuments dedicated to the Canadian nation but this full d-day tour will cover almost the full area of Juno sector. 4 places that you don’t have to miss : Juno Beach Center, the Canadian Cemetery at Bény-sur-Mer, the Abbey d’Ardenne and the Château Audrieu where the the 12th SS Hitler Jugend executed some Canadian soldiers made prisoners. Small group tour led by a certified and experimented guide in a spacious & comfortable minivan for more conviviality (maximum of 8 participants) or in a Sedan or SUV suitable from 2 until 5 people. Refreshment on board free.
THE ARDENNE ABBEY
The Ardenne Abbey is situated at the gateway to Caen. On June 7th, 1944, the German army occupied the Abbey in order to keep watch on the Canadian troops and prepare a counter-attack. This very same day, the Germans took Canadian soldiers from the North Nova Scotia Highlanders and the 27th Armoured Regiment (The Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment) prisoner. They were escorted to the abbey where eighteen of them were executed. Today, a memorial in the Abbey’s garden commemorates this tragic event.
THE CHATEAU AUDRIEU
On the 8th and 9th of June 1944, the 12th SS Hitler Jugend commandeered le Château d’Audrieu in Normandy France and captured a group of Canadians fighting at nearby Putot en Bessin. The Canadians were marched to the Château, interrogated, and then brutally gunned down as they stood disarmed and helpless. A memorial stele was erected in Audrieu in memory of the members of the Regiment killed while prisoners of the 12th SS Hitler Jugend. The monument, erected in part by The Royal Winnipeg Rifles Association, lists all the men killed from The Royal Winnipeg Rifles, and others captured from The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, the 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, and the 6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers.
MEMORIAL NORTH NOVA SCOTIA HIGLANDERS IN AUTHIE
On June 7, 1944, in the town of Authie and in the surrounding fields, the Canadian North Nova Scotia Highlanders experienced their baptism of fire. Eighty-four North Novas, and seven citizens of Authie, lost their lives this day.
MEMORIAL SHERBROOKE FUSILIER REGIMENT IN BURON
The village of Buron is known as « Bloody Buron » in Canadian military history. The first battle here was on D-Day+1 during the drive to Caen, and the second was fought on July 8, 1944 when Canadian forces liberated Buron from the 12th SS Panzer Division.
MEMORIAL 9TH CANADIAN BRIGADE IN VILLON-LES-BUISSONS
Memorial plaque for the 9th Canadian Brigade in Hell’s Corner.
THE CANADIAN CEMETERY IN BENY-REVIERS
The cemetery contains 2,049 graves. Most of the soldiers buried in the cemetery were killed in June and in early July 1944 during the Battle of Caen on D-Day at Juno Beach. Canadian prisoners of war executed by the SS-Panzer Hitlerjugend at the Abbaye d’Ardenne are also buried in this cemetery.
THE CANADA HOUSE
It was one of the first houses liberated by Canadian soldiers on D-Day, 6 June 1944, and has since become a familiar historic landmark, standing in the backdrop of the many black-and-white photographs showing troops landing on the sands of this village in Normandy. The house has also become a place of pilgrimage. A memorial in front of the house indicates : “Within sight of this house over 100 men of the Queen’s Own Rifles were killed or wounded, in the first few minutes of the landings.”
THE HOUSE OF THE JOURNALISTS & WAR CORRESPONDENTS
A few hours after the assault of the Normandy beaches, some Anglo-Canadian journalists and war correspondents took over the Belle-Plage Hotel from where the first civilian information about the Landings was sent at 10 am.
On D-Day, the 3rdCanadian Infantry Division commanded General Rodney Keller landed on Juno Beach. 14,000 Canadians landed alongside 9 000 British troops. Canadian losses were about a thousand. Most of them are buried at the Canadian War Cemetery Bény-sur-Mer. In Graye-sur-mer, La Croix de Lorraine Monument dedicated to the General De Gaulle was landed on the 14th June 1944.
JUNO BEACH CENTER & ITS PARK
Opened on June 6, 2003, the Juno Beach Centre, a unique Canadian museum on the landing beaches, is located in the town of Courseulles- sur-Mer. Juno Beach Centre presents the civilian war effort and military of the entire population in Canada and the various fronts during the Second World War, as well as the different contemporary Canadian society faces. Closed in January.