This map offers a unique opportunity to explore an important moment in Canadian history through a geographic lens.
In the early morning mist of April 9, 1917, soldiers from the Canadian Corps left their trenches for an attack on German-held Vimy Ridge. By April 12, the entire ridge was under Allied control. It was the first time in the First World War that all four Canadian divisions fought on the same battlefield, and when Hill 145, the highest feature on the ridge, fell to the Allies, the operation was considered a decisive success. The ridge remained in Allied hands for the rest of the war.
This Vimy Ridge Giant Floor Map is Canadian Geographic Education’s first replica of a historical map. To provide students with the best possible historical map of the ridge, we made it out of two original First World War maps sourced from the McMaster University Map Collection. The Vimy Ridge Giant Floor Map’s 10 accompanying learning activities will have students reading and interpreting trench maps, exploring the physical landscape and weather of Vimy during the battle, analyzing the role of the Canadian Corps, reflecting on war poetry and war slang, and examining the location and significance of the Vimy Memorial.
The Giant Floor Maps are available on loan for 3-week periods throughout the school year and by special request during the summer.
Giant Floor Map Dimensions
There are two map sizes available. Each map is accompanied by 10 learning activities and associated materials.
- Giant Floor Map: 11 metres by 8 metres (35 feet by 26 feet)
- Classroom-Sized Map: 5 metres by 4 metres (17 feet by 13 feet)
- Teacher’s Guide
- Background Information on the First World War
- Hard copies of all learning activities
- All required materials for 10 activities (download activities below)
10.7m (35.1’) x 7.9m (25.92’)
Format salle de classe
5m (16.4’) x 4m (13.12’)