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Juno Beach Centre presents Canada’s role in military operations and the war effort on the home front in World War II. Film, audio, and displays bring pre-war and wartime Canada alive, as well as cover the fighting experiences. At the front of the center, Juno Park has walkways with interpretation panels, a preserved German bunker, and a path leading to the beach. There is little development here, so nothing interrupts your contemplation of beach and ocean. Imagine the sands littered with mines-on-sticks, spiky metal “hedgehogs,” barbed wire, and other barbarisms intended to destroy landing craft and the 14,000 Canadian soldiers that fought in this area. Put Juno Beach Centre at the forefront of your travel plans using our Courseulles-sur-Mer itinerary maker.
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Musée très intéressant ou l'on découvre ces jeunes canadiens venir en aide à un pays européen ! J'ai beaucoup apprécié cette visite ! more »Very interesting museum or discovering these young Canadians to help a European country! I enjoyed this tour!
une belle découverte car on ne parle pas assez des milliers de Canadiens qui sont morts sur les plages du débarquement. Une jolie découverte avec beaucoup d'informations, une video très émouvante à la... more »a beautiful discovery because we don't talk enough about the thousands of Canadians who died on the beaches of d-day. A nice discovery with lots of information, a very moving video at the end of the visit. A MUST SEE!
Excellent je le conseille si vous êtes sur les traces du passé ... tous ces militaires tombés pour libérer notre pays !!!! more »Excellent I recommend it if you're on the trail of the past... all these fallen soldiers to liberate our country!
A nice way to spend a couple of hours, particularly if you take the bunker tour as well. The guides are all bilingual at least and will attempt to answer even the daftest of questions. The exhibits are well laid out, and properly labelled. The film at the end is heart wrenching. Needs a Cafe to be five stars but otherwise a good place to learn something about the Canadian contribution to the war.
Great centre to learn about the Canadian WWII triumphs, sacrifices and war effort. Walking the beach was surreal and possibly one of the most moving experiences. Thank you all who sacrificed.
Great tour! Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable student guides. But so much more to see. Recommend l'abbey d'Ardennes for visiting Canadians
A very informative experience about Canada before, during and after World War II. I'm glad that the center's founder envisioned a place where people could come to commemorate and learn about the history of "Juno" beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer, lest we forget. To be perfectly honest, I was expecting more emphasis on the events of D-Day and the actions surrounding the beach itself but what the center provides much, much more. Rather than simply an informative memorial, the Juno Beach Centre provides a very comprehensive learning environment surrounding many aspects of the war and Canada's role. We could easily have spent much more time here than we had allotted. There is a great wealth of information, sights, sounds, first-hand accounts and preserved history. You will certainly get your money's worth and the sparkling clean toilet facilities & free Wi-Fi are a plus.
Of the Normandy museums, this one was probably my least favorite. It is well done and professional, just not what I was looking for. It focused a lot on Canadian history and not so much on the war. I could see how it would be more useful for a European who is not as familiar with Canada.
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