Sun. Oct 1st, 2023

This article contains many facts about the Canadian Army Regiments, their various missions, and much more. In addition, this article is a listing of former and current army regiments. We hope you find these Canadian military facts both exciting and educational.

1. The Royal Canadian Regiment is Canada’s oldest army unit. It was created in 1883 and currently serves in Afghanistan as part of the 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 worldwide.

4. Originally based in Hamilton, Ontario, the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry was named after the city.

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 It was created during World War I but is no longer active.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 in response to the 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 American attacks during a war with them!

15. The Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Regiment, also called the Scotch Block, was formed after the Canadian army became too small to defend against an American invasion.

16. The Irish Regiment of Canada (Viking) is an infantry unit that has served in many conflicts. It was named after 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 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. 

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.

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