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:

  • Canadian contribution to Market Garden, ferry crossing of Neder/Rhine (Operation Berlin)

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

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

  • Crossing of The Scheldt River by ferry 

  • Liberation Museums: Zeeland (Scheldt area 1944) and Nijverdal (1945)

  • “Black Friday” memorial routes and ceremony 

  • Antwerp, Belgium (medieval city and harbour)

  • 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”

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

  • Sunset March on the Waal/Rhine Bridge in Nijmegen (Operation Market Garden tribute) 

  • Remembrance tributes at Holten, Groesbeek and Bergen op Zoom Canadian War Cemeteries

  • Candlelight Vigil in Almen

  • Festive activities with local communities

  • Apeldoorn’s Canadian Walk

  • High Tea and Canadian Remembrance Torch ceremony at Palace Het Loo with Princess Margriet 

  • Daytrip: Amsterdam (for purchase) or leisure day

  • Farewell party with military-themed music & entertainment