Courseulles-sur-Mer is a popular port town in French Normandy, its beach being the site of the WWII, D-Day landing by Canadian troops. On that summer day on June 6 of 1944, more than 14,000 Canadian troops stormed the beaches between Graye-sur-Mer and St. Aubin-sur-Mer near Courseulles, referred to as the Juno invasion beach. After the German forces surrendered, some 150,000 more Canadian soldiers followed in the ensuing months and a total of 2,044 Canadians died for the cause.
Today, Courseulles-sur-Mer is a popular tourist destination with many locals and foreigners interested in visiting the Juno beach, where the Canadians landed on D-Day. In the summer months, there are more than five times as many tourists as there are residents of Courseulles. Many Parisians also own summer homes in Courseulles. Much of the influx of visitors of Courseulles is owed also to the ferry run by a Breton company that connects the town to Ouistreham-Riva-Bella.
The town’s feature attractions, besides the Juno beach site, include the Juno Beach Center, which is a museum located behind the beach on which the Canadian soldiers landed on D-Day. There is also a strip of land donated by the French to Canada that serves as a military cemetery for the Canadians who died on that D-Day invasion.
Another point of interest is the Sea Center (or Maison de la Mer), which has a fascinating diorama on the oysters found in the oyster beds of Courseulles.
“Courseulles-sur-Mer.” < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courseulles-sur-Mer>
Gaudez, René, Hervé Champollion, and Angela Moyon. Tour of Normandy. Rennes: Éditions Ouest-France, 1996. ISBN: 2737317185.
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