Project Description

JUNO BEACH : CANADIAN SECTOR – HALF DAY TOUR

Réf : Tour 5A

Program : The Ardenne Abbaye – Memorials in Authie & Buron – The Canadian Cemetery in Bény-Reviers – The Canada House – 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 : noon – Return 5:30 pm all over the year. In some periods, some other departures available early in the morning.

Rates: 80 € (75€ <18 years) – free for children under 3. JUNO BEACH CENTER included & access to all sites & monuments.

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. For a departure at noon, take a snack. There is no real lunch break. 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 about 5h30 and follow in Canadian footsteps. Juno beach owns a large number of monuments dedicated to the Canadian nation but this half d-day tour will cover the 3 places that you don’t have to miss : Juno Beach Center, the Canadian Cemetery at Bény-sur-Mer and the Abbey d’Ardenne where the SS divsion set up is headquarter in Caen and where a group of Canadian soldiers were executed during the 6th and the 7th of June 1944. 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.

 

MEMORIAL NORTH NOVA SCOTIA HIGLANDERS

On June 7, 1944, in this town 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

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.

 

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.”

 

JUNO BEACH

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.