The Cape Breton Highlanders

Unit Identification

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SIOL NA FEAR FEARAIL -- Breed of manly men

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Command Team

Commanding Officer - Lieutenant-Colonel Keith Rudderham
Sergeant-Major - Chief Warrant Officer Jody Merriam

Our History

The Battalion was organized on October 13, 1871 as The Victoria Provisional Battalion of Infantry from four independent companies.

Headquarters of this new unit was established at Baddeck, Victoria County, Cape Breton — hence the name. The ranks were filled predominantly by Highlanders, the descendants of Scots who had emigrated from the Duke of Argyll's estates.

Following the Second World War, the unit resumed its militia status. In 1954, along with Nova Scotia's two other Highland Regiments were amalgamated to form a single unit. On September 15th, the Cape Breton Highlanders Battalion was thus designated 2nd Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders and on June 21, 1955 2nd Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (Cape Breton).  On 9 December 2010 it was organized as a separate regiment and redesignated The Cape Breton Highlanders.

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Join Our Unit

If you are interested in joining the The Cape Breton Highlanders please contact our recruiting office at 902- 563-7100 ext. 7110 or visit the Canadian Forces recruiting website!

When We Train

The Cape Breton Highlanders train from September through to June on Thursday evenings (7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) and one weekend per month.


For more information about the vehicles and weapons used by the Canadian Army, visit our Equipment page.

Contact Us

The Cape Breton Highlanders
1 Desbarres Street
Victoria Park
Sydney, NS B1P 6Z2
Phone: 902-563-7100 ext. 7288
Fax: 902-564-2533



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