Good morning Trisco,
I have visited Vimy Ridge a few times by myself and it is always worthwhile.
You are correct about the Canadian students that look after the place. On my first ever visit I had just returned from visiting the Lichfield Crater and cemetery along a dirt track beside the A26 motorway. A Canadian student noticed that I had a flat tyre and changed the tyre for me withhout my even asking for help. I was really grateful and he would only accept my words of thanks, nothing else.
The view from the north side of the memorial itself really tells the story, it is much more evident when the weather and visibilty is good, You can see for miles and miles.
The front lines of battles changed throughout the conflict but I always understood that the A26 motorway along the bottom of the Ridge from Souchez to Roclincourt was roughly along the frontline of the trenches occupied by the Allies.
Apart from the Moroccan memorial there are quite a few others around the area, one in the woods on the D55E2 road that leads from the Vimy Ridge Memorial towards the village of Vimy itself I still have been unable to find.
There are many sites around the Somme battlefields and Vimy Ridge that are sectioned off due to unexploded ordnance. It is relatively easy to come across them as you walk along a dirt track by a ploughed field
This was taken close to the Welsh Memorial at Mametz
These two were right outside the gate into the AIF Burial Ground at Flers!!
I tend not to stay in large towns or cities if I can help it, I prefer the tranquility of the countryside where I can. For the visit to Vimy I have booked into a small hotel / restaurant at Gavrelle. about 20 minutes drive from Vimy. I have stayed here a few times before and enjoyed the surroundings and the food.
Have a good day, at least the markets appear to be recovering although down on where they were when I started this.