Major summer 2019 events not to be missed in Normandy

Major events are coming this summer in Normandy! A land full of history, a glorious mercantile past and two global conflicts that have left their mark on the territory. Open to the sea, Normandy is the starting point for many maritime routes and prestigious races. Discover without further due three major events that will take place this summer in Normandy.

THE ROUEN ARMADA FROM 6 TO 16 JUNE 2019

The impressive Armada of Rouen is an unmissable event by sailing boats and old rigging lovers. For 11 days, hundreds of sailors will gather up in the city to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this unique event. On this 7th edition, thousands of visitors will once again invade the quays to admire the world’s most beautiful and tallest sailing ships moored in the city's port, a few steps from the historic centre of Rouen.

Same as on the 2013 edition, 50 boats, including modern warships, sailing school boats, old rigging and other exceptional boats, will sail 120 kilometers up the Seine to reach the Normandy capital on June 6th.

Enjoy the many activities offered on the quays: boat tours, concerts, fireworks displays and parades. Don’t miss out since the next edition will only take place in 5 or 6 years!

For more information on the Rouen Armada: https://www.armada.org/ (External link)

75e D-Day Festival

June 6th 2019 will mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings during the Second World War. Many events and commemorations will be held in the region, including the international commemorative ceremony to be held on June 6 at Juno Beach Centre. (Note that the Juno Beach Centre will be closed for the occasion on June 5 and 6). The Government of Canada delegation attending the ceremony will be composed of Veterans, youth and Members of Parliament.

Many events will take place in Normandy at the beginning of June. A spectacular sound and light show will be visible in Merville-Franceville, Calvados, from June 6th to 9th. This reconstruction will review the key stages in the history of the Merville Battery. You will be immersed in real events with the help of period costumes and vehicles. On June 7th, a big freedom dance party will be held in Bayeux. It is the perfect opportunity to walk in the shoes of a resident and relive as if you were there during the hours of jubilation that followed the announcement of the liberation. On June 8th, an impressive aerial show will be held in the sky of Arromanches. On June 9th, 1000 paratroopers are expected in the sky of La Fière (3 km from Sainte-Mère-Église), some in period costume. The Patrouille de France will also be demonstrating its Breitling.

Many other events will take place in other cities and towns of Normandy. To learn more: http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/calendar-of-events/anniversary-of-d-day-847-2.html (External link)

Nautical race: Normandy Channel Race starting and returning from Caen

Incredible nautical race, the Normandy Channel Race is unique of its kind. It is a race of about 1000 miles in the English Channel and the Celtic Sea departing and returning from Caen in Normandy. It offers a diverse itinerary that will send participants along the French, English and Irish coasts. To celebrate the event, many activities will be held in Caen, including the implementation of Class 40 at the Saint-Pierre Basin in the city centre over 2 weekends. Visitors will be able to enjoy the village on the quay, a rich entertainment program, a skippers' dinner, a crew evening, a fleet descent of the Caen Canal to the Sea on Sunday, the day of departure, and an award ceremony scheduled for the week of the return to Caen.

More information on the Normandy Channel Race : http://www.normandy-race.com/ (External link)

Get to France from Canada

Air France (External link) , Air Canada (External link) , Air Transat (External link) , and Corsair (External link) offer year-long direct flights to Paris from select Canadian cities as well as seaonsal flights to various French cities.

WestJet (External link) offers seasonal flights to Paris from select Canadian cities.