Sanctuary Wood, Ieper (Ypres)

Honoring the Canadian troops who fought at Ypres Salient in World War I, Sanctuary Wood marks the spot where the troops executed their first planned offensive against German troops. During the attack the Canadians regained territory at the top of the hill, denying the German troops a view of Ypres. Located just outside the city, terraced gardens lead up to the a gray stone block that bears the Canadian insignia. Walk up to the monument for an excellent view over the town and the landscaped gardens. Put Sanctuary Wood on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Ieper (Ypres) day trip planner.
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  • I found sanctuary wood incredibly interesting. Has lots of artefacts to see and read. The wood part of the museum was unbelievable. When we walked around the trenches there was an eerie silence. Not e...  more »
  • A must if you are in Ypres, a great monument with lots of history. A great sight all year round. An education on its own.  more »
  • Such a sad place,I walked in the footsteps of brave soldiers,who fought with honour for there country,in these trenches,I,m so humbled....  more »
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  • Have visited this on a number of occasions with school parties, always seems to be overlooked because of the museum just up from it. Well maintained as are all CWGC sites and more history here than is expected. Very worth a visit.
  • This is an incredible experience. The collection of WWI artifacts, war art and trenches is simply amazing. The family and this museum is truly a credit to our remembrance of the First World War. Thank you for providing such an unforgettable experience. My students from years past still rave about visiting this site.
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