Films about Canada and the First World War

View documentaries and archival footage of major themes and events of the First World War. Discover the stories of exceptional Canadians.

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Documentaries

Fields of Sacrifice

A poetic documentary honouring Canadian sacrifice during the First and Second World War.

Front Lines

Dramatic readings of letters and diary entries written by Canadians who served during the First World War.

John McCrae’s War: In Flander’s Fields

Describes the life and work of Canadian hero John McCrae.

The Kid Who Couldn’t Miss

Discover the story of Canadian airman Billy Bishop, one of the leading fighter pilots of the First World War.

And We Knew How to Dance

Canadian women recall their experiences in the male-dominated world of factory work during the First World War.

Archival films

Airplane Casualties

Find footage of Canadian aircraft performing standard military procedures during the First World War.

Canadians Advance Near Cambrai 3

A silent short film from 1918, which demonstrates the devastating effects of shelling.

Battle of Arras 3

Footage of artillery fire, troop movements and explosions on the battlefield at the Battle of Arras.

Animation film

The Trenches

Watch this animated short about an attack on Canadian soldiers during the First World War.

Features

Halifax Citadel national historic site of Canada

Aerial view of the Halifax Citadel

Plan a trip to the Halifax Citadel, a strategic hilltop location chosen to protect the city in times of war.

Over the top

Drawing of First World War Soldiers in the trenches

Set out on an interactive adventure that allows you to experience life in the trenches during the First World War.

Visitor Education Centre at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Conceptual image of the visitor education

Find updates about the construction of the new Visitor Education Centre at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.

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