Leaside Vimy Ridge Trip 2017

Leaside Vimy Ridge Trip 2017

Updates for parents and travellers on Leaside's 2017 Vimy Ridge trip. Led by Ms. Fleet.

Photos from Leaside Vimy Ridge Trip 2017's post 15/04/2017

Well, here we are at the end of our amazing journey. We're on the last leg, actually - as I type this, we are sitting on the plane in Frankfurt waiting for boarding to finish, and then we're en route home (we made our connection with no problems - yay!).

The last few days were very busy, but also very exciting. I've included pics here of the crew at Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall, but we also had the opportunity to visit the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, which was a sobering look at some of the other horrible events of wars past.

Now, we're on our way home - full of memories and with LOTS of photos to share! See you soon!

Photos from Leaside Vimy Ridge Trip 2017's post 12/04/2017

Our adventures continue!

On April 10th, we attended an expo put on by EF Tours. It featured all sorts of informative and interactive exhibits that allowed us to further connect with and expand on some of the experiences we'd been having in the Vimy region so far. That afternoon, we visited the monument at Beaumont-Hamel that commemorates the sacrifices made by the Newfoundland regiment at the Battle of the Somme.

The next day, we boarded the bus to head north. First, we stopped at the Langemark German war cemetery in Belgium, which provided insight into the losses felt by the other side of the war. Then, on to Brussels, where we stopped for some chocolate shopping and lunch. We arrived in Amsterdam for dinner that evening, then off to our new hotel.

Today, we started with a very moving visit to the Anne Frank House. No photos are allowed to be taken inside, but I have included a photo of her statue outside the museum. After that, we took some guided tours of the city.

Tomorrow, we're off again – onwards to Berlin!

7 Leaside High School students pilgrimage to Vimy Ridge 12/04/2017

Hi everyone,

We're in the news! The South Bayview Bulldog, an online-only publication, just posted this story about our adventures.

Another story is forthcoming from Leaside Life, and I'm sure one from our school paper as well!

On TV, Weadee and Weajue were interviewed by CBC, and Grace and Lauryn were seen in the live broadcast also.

Glad to see our experiences are reaching others as well!


7 Leaside High School students pilgrimage to Vimy Ridge Seven students from Leaside High School under the guidance of teacher Caralin Fleet have made the pilgrimage to Vimy Ridge and stood where nearly 4,000 Canadian soldiers died. The students are Wead…

Photos from Leaside Vimy Ridge Trip 2017's post 10/04/2017

A very busy but fulfilling day at Vimy for the ceremony.

The weather was rather warmer than it was at the 95th - a little too warm, if anything, but we were well prepared with extra drinks and snacks (and sunscreen!).

The ceremony itself was beautiful. I don't know how many of you watched it on CBC, but Weadee and Weajue were interviewed, which was cool!

It was a loooong day, and we're off again early tomorrow for the Expo, but it was very worthwhile! Very glad we were here for this important moment in Canadian history.

Photos from Leaside Vimy Ridge Trip 2017's post 09/04/2017

A catch-up post from yesterday!

We arrived in the Vimy region from Paris and made our first stop at the Nine Elms Military Cemetery in Thelus. The students all found the soldiers they had researched and left flags at their graves. At the end, the group got together and read In Flanders Field and the Ode of Remembrance. It was a very touching moment.

After the cemetery, we stopped for lunch in the beautiful town of Lille. From there, it was off to Belgium for dinner at the hotel and an early bedtime - it was an early start for Vimy today!

Photos from Leaside Vimy Ridge Trip 2017's post 07/04/2017

Highlights from today included a excellent bus tour, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Overall, a very full and exciting day in Paris. Tomorrow, we're off to the Vimy region!

Timeline photos 06/04/2017

At the Notre Dame cathedral!

After dropping our bags at the hotel, we took the metro downtown and embarked on a walking tour of the Latin Quarter and Ile-de-Cite. We were tired, but being on our feet kept us going!

After dinner across from the cathedral, it was back to the hotel for an early night. I think everyone will sleep well tonight!

Photos from Leaside Vimy Ridge Trip 2017's post 06/04/2017

We've arrived! Just waiting to meet our travel buddies for the next week, who are arriving from Alberta. Then, off to adventure!


Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight for the pre-departure meeting! 7pm in room 225.

If you haven't already provided a photocopy of your traveller's passport, please bring a copy or the passport itself to the meeting tonight and we can make a copy here.

See you then!


Hi Travellers! We will have our next meeting on THURSDAY, Feb 9 at lunch in 225.

This one is VERY IMPORTANT: Veterans Affairs Canada has put security measures in place that require us to pre-register directly with them. If you do not complete this registration by the deadline, you WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ACCESS TO THE VIMY GROUNDS on the day of the ceremony. So, it's rather important!

Registration is quick and easy (I'll go through it with you). If you'd like to register on your own before the meeting, here is the link:


Make sure you select "Tour Operator" as your mode of transportation on the day of the event.

Once you complete the form, they will send you a link to activate your account. Then, you will receive an email titled "Vimy 100 Registration Completed". PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO ME so that I can make sure everyone is registered on time!

The cutoff date with VAC is the end of February, but EF Tours is asking everyone to register by Feb 10. Registrations will be cut off early once capacity is reached, so we want to make sure everyone on the tour registers early!

Registration - Veterans Affairs Canada Remember Canada’s Veterans

Cemetery Details 19/01/2017

Hi travellers!

Here is the link for the cemetery website, as discussed at Tuesday's meeting: http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/30201/NINE%20ELMS%20MILITARY%20CEMETERY,%20THELUS

Remember, we are paired with the Nine Elms Military Cemetery in Thelus.

Step 1: Click "See Casualty Records"
Step 2: On the left, under "Filter Results", use the following search terms. Date of Death: 9 April 1917 - 10 April 1917. Served with: Canadian Forces. Leave all the rest blank. Click "Refine Search".
Step 3: Click the green arrows over the "Age" column to sort by age.
Step 4: Click the names of individual soldiers to learn more about them. Make sure you choose one with a specific grave reference number - some will say "Buried near..."
Step 5: Once you've chosen your soldier, write their name as a comment on this post so no one else chooses the same one. Do as much research about your soldier as you'd like.

I'm so glad you guys were interested in this project - I think it will really help us connect with the history we're there to learn about!

Cemetery Details Commonwealth War Graves Commission


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