In our Fathers’ Footsteps' is a spiritual, cultural, and educational experience. With guidance from Liberation Route Europe, VVV (Dutch Tourist Information), KWBN (Royal Dutch Walking League), battlefield tour guides, and the Canadian Embassy in The Netherlands, IOFF 2022 highlights include:

NEW FOR 2022!

  • “Battle of the Scheldt” battlefield tour (Sept./Oct. 1944) 

  • Crossing of The Scheldt River by ferry 

  • New “Liberation Museum Zeeland” (Scheldt area)

  • Antwerp: visit its medieval city and harbour

  • Battle for the Kapelsche Veer/Operation Elephant (Jan. 1945)

  • NL Remembrance Day Ceremony at Holten Canadian War Cemetery

  • Candlelight Vigil in Almen

  • National Dutch Liberation Festival in Wageningen, including the Veterans’ Parade

  • Liberation festivities with local communities

  • Apeldoorn’s Canadian WalkHigh Tea at Palace Het Loo (attendance of Princess Margriet to be confirmed)

  • Daytrip: Amsterdam or Keukenhof Gardens (or leisure day)

  • Farewell party with military-themed music & entertainment

  • Meet & Greet and Orientation

  • Walks totalling 60 kms, along researched routes
    taken by the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Canadian
    Divisions in 1944 and 1945 

  • Professionally certified tour guides

  • Walking guide notes

  • Military themed “platoons,” vehicles, pipe bands, “barracks”

  • Crossing of The IJssel River by ferry 

  • Sunset March on Waal Bridge in Nijmegen (Operation Market Garden tribute) and key locations of Market Garden around Arnhem   

  • Flower Ceremonies at Groesbeek and Bergen op Zoom Canadian War Cemeteries