100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change will join Veterans, Parliamentarians, members of the Diplomatic Corps Canadian Armed Forces personnel, RCMP members, Indigenous representatives, youth and other special guests at the National War Memorial in Ottawa to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.


The commemorative ceremony is an opportunity for Canadians to come together at home and remember the service and sacrifice of those who fought at Vimy and during the First World War.

The morning program on April 9th will include performances by Dr. Andrea McCrady, Dominion Carillonneur; the Canadian Armed Forces Contingent Central Band; the Ottawa Choral Society; Mr. Dave Hookimaw and Mr. Theland Kicknosway; Soloist Sierra Noble; as well as a smudging ceremony and guest appearances from Silver Cross Mothers, Colleen Fitzpatrick and Gisèle Michaud.


National War Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
30 Wellington St.
Ottawa, ON


April 9, 2017


6:30 a.m. – Royal Canadian Army Cadets Vigil Guard will stand down
8:30 a.m. – pre-ceremony begins
9:00 a.m. – ceremony begins
10:00 a.m. – ceremony ends


Roads around the National War Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will be closed to all traffic on Sunday, April 9 for the event


Road closures will begin at 6 a.m. and are expected to last until around noon. Affected roads include:

  • Elgin Street between Albert Street and Wellington Street
  • Queen Street between Metcalfe Street and Elgin Street


For more information about the construction activity happening across the city, or for information about traffic and travel planning, visit ottawa.ca.