Canada House

Canada House, Bernières-sur-Mer
#1886. Kodak Ektar 100, Canon Rebel 2000.
This beachfront house in Bernières-sur-Mer, France is the home of Hervé & Nicole Hoffer. Known as ‘Canada House’, it was originally owned by Hervé’s grandfather and was the first house liberated on D-Day by the Allies. Over the years, Hervé has turned his home into a museum and shrine to the members of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, the regiment that stormed Juno Beach on D-Day and drove the Nazis out of his family’s home.


Canada House plaque
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I visited Canada House in 2015 on a tour of Canada’s WWI & WWII battlefields with a group of educators. It was a highlight of the trip. During our visit, Hervé and his wife welcomed us into their home, served us coffee and pastries, and told us many stories. He told us about the day that Canadian veteran Ernie Kells visited and apologized for throwing grenades into Hervé’s cellar on D-Day. “Just send me the bill,” says Kells. Hervé replied, “The debt has already been paid.”


The late Hervé Hoffer (left) and his wife, Nicole.
#1888. The late Hervé Hoffer (left) and his wife, Nicole. Kodak Ektar 100, Canon Rebel 2000.
Sadly, Hervé passed away two years later in 2017. The street behind his house has been renamed in his honour.


inside Canada House
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Canada House: the flag of the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
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the view of Juno Beach from Canada House
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Canada House, Bernières-sur-Mer
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flags on Canada House
#1893. Kodak Ektar 100, Canon Rebel 2000.

Canada House, Bernières-sur-Mer
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photos on the wall at Canada House
#1895. Kodak Ektar 100, Canon Rebel 2000.

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2 Comments

  1. What a moving post! No accident that you posted it on June 6th either, wonderful people, both the Canadians and the French, especially in Normandy!

    1. Thanks Andy! The hospitality and generosity shown to us in Normandy was quite moving. Everywhere we visited, the people were genuinely friendly and appreciative. It was the trip of a lifetime!

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