In Our Fathers’ Footsteps
is a not-for-profit, Camino-inspired pilgrimage for the Canadian descendants
of Second World War veterans of the Liberation of The Netherlands.
In Our Fathers' Footsteps is a spiritual, cultural, and educational event that includes walks totalling 60 km, along the routes of the Canadian liberators— together with heartfelt commemorations and joyful festivities.
Coinciding with the Liberation’s 75th+2 anniversary, In Our Fathers' Footsteps will take place in The Netherlands in September 2022.
Trace your father’s footsteps. Celebrate our freedom, peace and Dutch friendship. Honour our Second World War Dutch Liberation veterans!
Are you the proud descendant of a Canadian Second World War veteran who served in The Netherlands?
Join our 75th+2 anniversary pilgrimage
to honour these veterans, learn more about the Liberation and Dutch culture, and fulfill our promise:
"We shall never forget."
- Karen Hunter
Descendant and IOFF Organizer
Follow the footsteps of our Canadian troops in 1944 and 1945 with professional guides. Learn about Second World War operations and battles, visit Canadian war monuments, and picnic along the way.
Participate in remembrance tributes at Canadian monuments and war cemeteries in Groesbeek, Holten, and Bergen op Zoom. Experience a candlelight vigil in the village of Almen.
Join a “platoon,” receive “marching orders,” walk with piper bands, and sleep in private “barracks” on an estate filled with Canadian military history. Immerse yourself in an authentic re-enactment event.
Meet Princess Margriet
Participate in The Canadian Remembrance Torch Ceremony at Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn. Enjoy High Tea with Princess Margriet and the Canadian Ambassador.
Experience the Dutch gratitude, welcome, and friendship shown
to our veterans.
From stroopwafels to bitterballen and pannenkoeken, taste the country’s many specialties. Sample world-famous kaas (cheese). Experience Dutch hospitality.
Explore the Netherlands. Enjoy a day of leisure, sightseeing, or meet-up’s with Dutch friends.
Beeld: © RVD - Martijn Beekman
DAYS TO THE PILGRIMAGE