The Black Watch Tour with David O'Keefe

Walk in the footsteps of the Black Watch of Canada in this special pilgrimage tour, as led by professor and historian David O'Keefe in 2022





Following in the footsteps of the Royal Highland Regiment of Canada (The Black Watch of Montreal) ^

 

The prestigious Royal Highland Regiment of Canada (The Black Watch of Montreal), one of Canada's most famous regiments, was virtually wiped out during "Operation Spring" on July 25th, 1944 - but their remarkable story of strength, tragedy, and determination against all odds doesn't end here.

On this specially focused program, running from July 13th-July 23rd next year, we'll travel from the shores of D-Day to the Liberation of the Netherlands, alongside critically acclaimed historian and professor David O’Keefe.


You may have heard that name before - from History Television's War Junk to documentaries like The Black Watch Snipers, and Dieppe Uncovered, it's fair to say that if you're a fan of History, David O'Keefe has graced your television screen once or twice.




David O'Keefe & Wayne Abbot's have led them on many adventures ^


Or perhaps his name graces your bookshelf? His three critically acclaimed books, (including the Seven Days in Hell series on Verrieres Ridge), were Amazon's top 3 Canadian bestsellers this year for Canadian History in the 20th Century.


But perhaps what's most fitting, is that David O'Keefe served as an infantry officer in the The Black Watch himself, and was later employed as their official historian for nearly a decade - who better to lead us on this much-anticipated tour?



It is a huge honour to have professor David O'Keefe leading us on this program especially.



And indeed, what an adventure it will be -



Point 67 Memorial overlooking Verrieres Ridge ^

This is a custom battlefield tour, created for Canadians who wish to participate in a more explorative tour alongside our experienced team. We'll retrace the story from D-Day to Groningen and all that lies in between.




Special Guest Battlefield Guide Joël Stoppels joins us in the Netherlands ^


Of course, this means special visits to the Juno Beach Centre, Verrieres, Dieppe, the Scheldt, and Nijmegen - plus, a special opportunity to join guest battlefield guide Joël Stoppels in his hometown of Groningen, and an opportunity to participate in the Sunset March.




Superior Class accommodations with upgrades available (pictured above, upgraded double at the Van der Valk Nijmegen Lent)^


Throughout our journey, we'll enjoy beautiful, superior-class accommodation and restaurants with some of our favourite local hoteliers and chefs. Big hugs owed to all of them, we miss them all so much!