Phase 3 – Le Chemin des Canadiens

L'Odyssée de la Culture - Canada has created the content and graphics of the Chemin des Canadiens open-air museum.

Le Chemin des Canadiens open-air living museum will display 17 panels along the D55 which is the road from the Canadian National Vimy Memorial to the village of Givenchy-en-Gohelle used by the Canadian troops after their victory at Vimy Ridge. The inauguration of the 17 panels is scheduled for November 2020.

Départementale 55 - Le Chemin des Canadiens

Panel #1

Introduction of the Open-Air Living Museum and why there is a focus on the 85th Battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders (explain the unique relationship between GenG, Hill 145, and the 85th Battalion).

Panel #2

The history of the Canadian Corps’ Capture of Vimy Ridge

Panel #3

The history of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the 85th Battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders

  • Include Tottenham Tunnel, the point where the 85th Battalion went “Over the Top” only for so many to be killed and later buried in exactly the same location (now Canadian Cemetery #2).
Panel #4

“A Man and His Map” (Percival Anderson’s story, map, photo, & medals).

A Man and His Map

Panel #5

Tribute to Percival Anderson.

Panel #6

Cultural Representation in the 85th Battalion.

  • First Nation hieroglyphic Peace Prayer with translation in Mi’kmaq, English, and French
Panel #7

Tunnels, Tracks and Timber.

Panel #8

Women at War – Canada’s Nursing Sisters.

Panel #9

Animals in the First World War.

Panel #10

Letters from Soldiers.

Panel #11

Hand-drawn Picture of the Vimy Memorial with Canadian Soldier John taken from Givenchy-en-Gohelle’s L’Histoire du Soldat John book

Panel #12

Music Sheet of Allie Mombourquette’s Vimy Tune, “In Memory of Vimy Ridge / En Souvenir de la Crête de Vimy.”

Panel #13

“In Flanders Field” and “Act of Remembrance.”

Panel #14

Thank You To The People of France - Letter of thanks to the People of France for continuing to Remember and for continuing to take care of our loved ones for us .

Panel #15

“We Rise Again” - Lyrics of “We Rise Again” (with translation).

Panel #16

“Lest We Forget” - Child’s sketch of a poppy with “Lest We Forget” from Ste. Anne’s Veterans Hospital.

Panel #17

Givenchy-en-Gohelle - Then and Now.