Juno75 Student Pilgrimage

Check out our blog to read the student’s reflectionse each day!

Day 1&2: https://www.junobeach.org/juno75-day-1/

Day 2&3: https://www.junobeach.org/juno75-day-3-4/

Day 5-7: https://www.junobeach.org/juno75-day-5-7/

On the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy, the Juno Beach Centre is sponsoring a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for high school students from across the country. Students will travel on a tour of Canadian battlefields of the First and Second World Wars, following in the footsteps of thousands of men and women who came before them.

In the July 2019, students from across Canada will have the opportunity to take part in the Juno Beach Centre’s first ever student pilgrimage. Participants will travel to Northern France and Belgium to gain first-hand knowledge of Canada’s participation in the First and Second World Wars. The 12-day tour includes visits to Canadian battlefields at Vimy Ridge, Beaumont-Hamel, Dieppe, the D-Day landing beaches, and – of course – the Juno Beach Centre.

Participants will be accompanied by a military historian, Juno Beach Centre staff, and other Canadian educators. The pilgrimage is a unique educational experience which takes the themes and events students learn about in the classroom and connects them to the real places where these events took place 75 years ago, as well as the real people whose lives were irrevocably altered by both world wars.

Trip Description

From July 3rd to July 14th, 2019, the pilgrimage will visit the following important Canadian sites in Northern France and Belgium:

  • The Juno Beach Centre
  • The Canadian War Cemeteries of Beny-sur-Mer, Bretteville-sur-Laize, and Dieppe
  • Dieppe
  • The Abbaye d’Ardenne
  • The Canadian National Vimy Memorial
  • The Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial
  • The city of Ypres, Belgium
  • Other sites to be announced

The Juno75 Pilgrimage will offer participants the unique opportunity to engage with the local French community. The Juno Beach Centre has been actively involved in community outreach since its inception in 2003, and participants will be able to benefit from these links.

Participants will also have ample opportunity to experience French culture, hospitality, and history.

No change in itinerary can be made by individual participants.

Selection Criteria

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Canadian high school student at the time of application
  • Between the age of 15 and 18 years old in July 2019
  • Will have completed at least one Canadian history class prior to the summer of 2019
  • Must be in possession of a valid Canadian passport by the spring of 2019

A “Canadian history class” is defined as any course which deals with Canadian history or the themes of Canadian identity in some way.

Do you have a passion for Canadian history? Have you been learning about the Canadian efforts during the world wars in school, and wish to connect the stories and events you have read about with the real places where they occurred and the real people that were affected?


The Juno 75 Pilgrimage is a heavily subsidized trip. Successful applicants are asked to contribute $1000 towards the cost of the trip, with the Juno Beach Centre covering the remainder. This includes airfare to Europe from the selected participants nearest commercial airport as well as ground transportation, accommodation, entry fees and most meals in Europe. Some meals, as well as any personal spending, are the responsibility of individual participants.

Fundraising tools and support will be provided to successful applicants.

We are very excited to announce that we are partnering with the British Columbia Veterans Commemorative Association, BCVCA (www.bcveterans.org) for the Juno75 Student Pilgrimage! The BCVCA will subsidize the student portion of the trip expenses for the selected BC students.


Your application must include:

  • A letter of motivation (no more than 500 words) explaining why you feel you deserve to be included in this pilgrimage, and what you hope to take away from the experience
  • One (1) of: an essay (no more than 1000 words) or a video statement or a digital project or a piece of art which answers the question: “How do you personally feel connected to the experiences of Canadians during the Second World War?”
  • A resume detailing academic, volunteer, community, and/or professional accomplishments.
  • Two (2) letters of reference. One from a school official: teacher, counsellor or principal, and one from a member of the community not related to the applicant.

Complete applications, including letters of reference, must be submitted to the Google form linked on this page no later than midnight (PST) on FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Juno Beach Centre would like to thank all those who applied. Selected applicants will be contacted no later than February 2019.

In applying to the pilgrimage, the successful applicant grants the Juno Beach Centre the right to publish, in print or online, information submitted as part of the application process. Succesful applicants agree to have their photo posted on social media and in print at the Juno Beach Centre’s discretion.

Research Component

The Juno75 Pilgrimage is intended to connect Canadian youth of today with the young Canadians who, in the summer of 1944, made the trip to France under far different circumstances, many of whom never returned.

Each participant of the pilgrimage is expected to complete a research project on a member of their community who was in involved in the Canadian war effort during the Second World War. This project will be presented to the group at the Juno Beach Centre during the trip. Further information will be provided to successful applicants.


Any inquiries regarding the pilgrimage or the application process should be directed to:

Scott Entwistle

Special Projects Coordinator


1-778-872-1466 (between 9am-5pm PST, Monday to Friday)