A piece of Canada at the Holterberg

The field of honour 'Holten Canadian War Cemetery' at the Holterberg, is one of the most impressive commemorative sites of World War II. After five years of oppression, in the spring of 1945, it was due to the deployment of mainly Canadian armed forces that the Northern and the Eastern provinces of the Netherlands were liberated. Through the combined efforts of the then Mayor of Holten and the War Department, the Canadian Government was granted a plot of Dutch land to provide an appropriate final resting place for the fallen soldiers. The cemetery still is Canadian territory. In the Holten Canadian War Cemetery, 1394 soldiers have found their final resting place.

In the adjacent Information Centre the thought and awareness of the Second World War is kept alive through personal stories, anecdotes and photographs of the fallen soldiers. There is an audio-visual presentation in the theatre that gives an impression of the liberation of the Eastern Netherlands by Canadian troops. The Information Centre has free entrance for all visitors and provides a source of information'for all generations'.

  • Opening Hours

  • November to March
  • Open Wednesday to Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday)
  • 11:00 am to 16:00 pm
  • 24 and 31 December: closed from 13:00 pm
  • Christmas and New Year's Day closed
  • April to October
  • open all week
  • 10:00 am to 17:00 pm
  • How to get there

  • The Canadian War Cemetery Holten can be reached by car or public transport.
  • Cars
  • Holten is situated on the A1. Holten is signposted at exits 26 and 27. Follow the signs 'Holten', then 'Holterberg' and 'Canadian War Cemetery'.
  • Public transport
  • Trains: Holten has a trainstation; train service: every hour (rush hours every 30 minutes) by the local train between Apeldoorn and Almelo. Buses: services from Deventer and Almelo: Deventer bus line 6 and Almelo bus line 91 have stops at the Holten train station. At the rear of the station walk up the hill (Beukenlaantje). From there follow the signs 'Canadian War Cemetery'.