The Liberation of Holland was brought about primarily by the Canadians, a monumental struggle of service and sacrifice in the pursuit of democracy & freedom. Canadians signed up from across our country, joining forces to sail across the Atlantic to liberate a people they did not know.
As many Dutch people of that generation will say, "thank God they came."
The only royal born in Canada, sort of ...
The Dutch royal family found refuge in Canada during the war, where in January 1943 Princess Margriet was born. The Canadian government temporarily declared her room extraterritorial so that she would be born exclusively with Dutch citizenship, thereby preserving her place in the royal line of succession according to Dutch law.
Meanwhile, overseas, more than 7600 Canadians would fall in the 9-month battle to bring freedom people, many of whom in the western provinces were facing starvation.
The Dutch people have never forgotten - each spring they send 20,000 tulips to Ottawa, a heartfelt gesture signalling an unbroken friendship which endures through the generations.
Special events in 2025 ...
Commemoration and celebration events for 2025 will be included in the itinerary where possible, as they are announced. Expected events include the usual gatherings at Groesbeek and Holten Canadian War Cemeteries, and in the City of Apeldoorn.
It will be an experience of admiration and respect like no other - a truly emotional journey.
A complete WW1 & WW2 tour ...
See most of the great historical locations of two world wars in a single trip, and follow in the footsteps of our Canadian veterans through France, Belgium & Holland:
Juno Beach & the D-Day Beaches of Normandy, June 1944
The Dieppe Raid, August 1942
Vimy Ridge, April 1917
Passchendaele & The Ypres Salient, October 1917
Beaumont-Hamel, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment & The Battle of the Somme, July 1916
The Battle of the Scheldt, October 1944
The final Liberation of Holland, February-May 1945
Liberation of Holland 80th special events
... and much more
Our annual 'signature' tour ...
Each year Liberation Tours takes Canadians back to Holland to reflect, remember, and in particular to honour those who fell - and who are forever laid to rest in Dutch soil. In 2025, you can become part of this enduring connection between our two nations on a special anniversary year.
There is perhaps no better place to be a proud Canadian than Holland in the spring.
Our annual Northwest Europe battlefield tour is the most comprehensive tour of its kind - a pilgrimage to the Canadian battlefields of both WW1 and WW2 where Canada came of age as a nation and forged a reputation as the army to be called upon for some of the most difficult and challenging battles. This is our annual signature tour, ideal for those making their first trek to the battlefields and hoping to visit most of the significant points of interest in a single trip. It's also a great trip for those who wish to make a repeat visit, and be in Holland for the anniversary. It is the ideal time of year to visit the battlefields, with western Europe coming into full bloom.
If you were to make only one Canadian battlefield tour, this is it.
Join us for an unforgettable, life-changing journey to follow in the footsteps of the great Canadian liberators.
You've always wanted to visit the battlefields. You've been searching for the right tour, a Canadian tour. You've found it.
Liberation Tours is an all-Canadian company offering premium, guided coach tours to the battlefields of Western Europe including France, Belgium, Holland, Italy and more. It is a pilgrimage of remembrance, to walk in the footsteps of our soldiers who left their mark of service and sacrifice in the cause of freedom. We are not a generic travel company. We do one thing, and we do it well ... the battlefields ... with an expert Canadian historian as your guide.
You'll stay in quality hotels, fly with quality airlines, experience wonderful food and wine, all while visiting the historic Canadian battlefields. Take a minute to read the tour details, see what sets us apart, and check out the testimonials of our past clients. Now, book yourself on the tour of a lifetime.
Liberation Tours - Canada's premier battlefield tour company and your official partner to the battlefields of Europe. Join us, and step into history.