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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 2025 highlights include:

  • Meet & Greet and Orientation

  • Platoon walks totalling 50 kms, along researched routes taken by the 1st, 2nd, 3rd
    and 4th Canadian Divisions in 1944 and 1945

  • The Canadian Remembrance Torch, and pipe band accompaniment

  • Professionally-certified tour guides, walking guide-notes, military gear

  • Hotel barracks on the site of a former Canadian Second World War field hospital

  • Ferry crossings of rivers: IJssel, Neder/Rhine, and Scheldt  

  • Sunset March Tribute on the Waal/Rhine Bridge in Nijmegen

  • Remembrance tributes at Canadian war cemeteries, including Holten, Groesbeek and Bergen op Zoom
    and many Canadian war monuments

  • Candlelight Torch walk, vigil with locals

  • Entertainment and hospitality of Dutch towns and villages

  • Liberation events, parties, and festivities with local communities


  • Apeldoorn’s Liberation Parade with United Pipes for Peace bands

  • Dutch Veterans’ Parade in Wageningen attended by HRH King Willem Alexander

  • Private meeting with HRH Princess Margriet following the “80 Years Liberation” event

  • Farewell party with military-themed music and entertainment


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