Fort St. John Cadets headed to Vimy Ridge this coming April

Three generations of Barley's will be attending the VImy Ridge ceremonies with the Fort St. John Cadets

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge happening in April of 2017, it will have special meaning for the Cadets from Fort St. John.

Ken Lane who used to be the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Cadets until recently, will be going on the trip.

20 Cadets from Fort St. John will be going from April 3, 2017 to April 11, 2017.

Currently, they have almost reached the fundraising goal they need in order to go on the trip. They have been taking letters to local businesses around town looking for donations to raise the last little bit of funding that remains.

There will be thousands of Cadets going from across the country. The Cadets that are going from Fort St. John will be the biggest group from B.C.

They will be flying to London for a couple of days. While there, they will be attending a commemorative ceremony at Buckingham Palace that the Cadets will be participating in.

From there, they will go to France. They plan to visit Normandy and then head to Vimy Ridge. It is important to note that they won’t just be going as spectators, but actually participating in the events.

Cadets are normally in the program for an average of 5 years. Lane says they hope to be able to do a trip like this every 5 years or so.


The Cadets are still looking for donations to help achieve the final fundraising goal. If you would like to donate, you can contact Audrey Fowler at (250) 793-3903.