The Canadian Armed Forces has the 14th largest military spending in the world, with just over $20 billion in military spending annually.
This article contains a plethora of facts and information about the Canadian Army Regiments, their various missions, and so much more. This article is a listing of former and current army regiments. We hope you find these Canadian military facts both interesting and educational.
21 Amazing Army Regiments Facts
- 1. The Royal Canadian Regiment is Canada's oldest army unit. It was created in 1883 and is currently serving in Afghanistan as part of NATO forces there. It is nicknamed The Regiment because soldiers don't know what unit they will be assigned to when they join the army, so they are a "royal regiment" of soldiers.
- 2. The Royal Newfoundland Regiment is known for its bravery during the Battle of the Somme in World War I.
- 3. The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment was created in 1866 and has served in France, Africa, and several other places around the world.
- 4. The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry was named after Hamilton, Ontario, where it was originally created.
- 5. The 2nd Battalion of the Governor General's Foot Guards is a ceremonial military unit that serves at official events for the governor general of Canada. It was originally created during World War I but is no longer active.
- 6. The Royal Canadian Regiment is an armoured regiment in the Canadian Armed Forces. It was created in 1942, and it has served several times in Korea, Germany, Bosnia and Afghanistan.
- 7. The Governor General's Foot Guards is a ceremonial unit in the Canadian army. They are known as "The First Regiment of Canadians."
- 8. The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada is an armoured regiment that served on both European and Pacific fronts during World War II.
- 9. The South Alberta Regiment is a reserve armoured regiment.
- 10. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada is a reserve infantry regiment that was created in 1891. They are nicknamed "Red Patch" because of their uniforms.
- 11. The Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment) (RCAC) is an armoured unit that served in numerous conflicts, including the American Civil War, World War I and World War II.
- 12. The Princess Louise Fusiliers (1st Battalion) is an infantry battalion in the Canadian army. It was created in 1867 as a response to 1867 uprising in Canada.
- 13. The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders (SD&G) are a reserve infantry regiment in Canada.
- 14. The Lincoln and Welland Regiment is an armoured unit in Canada's army. It was created after the American Civil War ended to protect Canada from possible attack by Americans during a war with them!
- 15. The Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Regiment, also known as the "Scotch Block" because of its history as a Scottish regiment that wore kilts, is a reserve infantry regiment that was created after Canada's army got too small to defend against a possible attack by Americans during a war with them.
- 16. The Irish Regiment of Canada (Viking) is an infantry unit that has served in many conflicts. It was named for the men who fought in the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and were exiled to Canada.
- 17. The North Nova Scotia Highlanders (Coastal Rangers) is an infantry regiment in Canada's army.
- 18. The York and Durham Regiment is an armoured unit in Canada's army.
- 19. The Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment was a reserve infantry unit that was created in the 1970s to celebrate Canada's bicentennial.
- 20. Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, also known as "PPCLI", is a regiment that wears light green dress uniforms with black belts and shoes because they are an airborne unit that can fight anywhere in the world, even jungles and deserts where other soldiers can't advance without wearing heavier gear or camouflage clothing and carrying lots of extra water to drink!
- 21. The Canadian Rangers are former hunters and trappers who trained when they were young men in the 1950s and 1960s to look for forest fires and help with search-and-rescue missions. The government has kept them active as volunteers - without pay - since then. Rangers wear their berets in the colours of the seasons, black for winter, green for summer, yellow for fall, and red for spring.