The CBF Study Tour Program

The Canadian Battlefields Foundation has created a bursary fund so that young men and women from Canada can visit and learn, on the actual battlefields, what the youth of Canada contributed to their freedom. These sacrifices gave Canada international stature and influence and made Canada a significant force for peace in the world.

The bursary fund, a truly living memorial, has allowed the Foundation, beginning in 1995, to partially finance 12 university students, each year, from across Canada to study in Europe. The participants experience first hand how deeply grateful the people of Europe remain to Canada generations later.

Study tour itineraries vary each year but usually terminate in Normandy.

Please note: Written articles by students while on the Battlefields Tour are written in the language of their choice. As a result, student articles in either language will only be visible in the language indicated by the language selection menu.

Latest Study Tour Activity

CBF 2020 Battlefield tour poster and application is available

January 7, 2020 8:45 pm

Now in its 26th year, the Canadian Battlefields Foundation Study Tour is intended for Canadian university students who want to learn more about the role Canadians played in the liberation of Europe in the World Wars. This year’s tour, led by Professor Geoff Hayes (University of Waterloo), Professor Graham Broad (Kings College), and Professor Scott Sheffield (University of the

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June 5th, 2019

June 8, 2019 4:45 pm

We had a busy past few days as we visited many military cemeteries and D Day Academy which was a military museum filled with trucks and Canadian, American, and German military equipment and guns. Today (June 5th) we started off the day by learning about Operation Epsom by looking at Hill 112 which was described as “Just like Verdun”. Chances here for death was high unless you

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May 30th, 2019

May 30th, 2019

June 8, 2019 4:44 pm

Today was probably one of the most interesting days that I have found thus far. Starting of at the Australian memorial and monument for the First World War along with the Sir John Monash Center. This memorial was definitely one to remember as the way they told their story through their various films, posters, and artifacts was impressive. I was very happy to have been able to go

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Day 7: On to WWII

June 8, 2019 4:43 pm

Wow, day #7 already! What an experience this has been for all of us, with so much more to come in the next nine days. We are all very fortunate to have this experience with such knowledgeable leaders and passionate fellow-students. As you can see from the previous blog posts, we have had very busy days full of visits to WWI monuments and cemeteries. Personally, after dinner it

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Day 13: The 75th Anniversary of D-Day

June 7, 2019 2:23 am

June 6thmarks the day that, 75 years ago, Operation Overlord was launched. Also known as “D-Day”, Operation Overlord was the biggest amphibious assault in history, and it was launched by the Allied forces onto the beaches of the Normandy coast of German-occupied France. There were four distinct beaches, with each falling responsibility to either the Americans, the British,

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