The Royal Westminster Regiment

Unit Identification

The Royal Westminster Regiment Badge

For King and Country

The Royal Westminster Regiment is a Primary Reserve infantry unit of the Canadian Armed Forces. The Regiment’s history traces back to the New Westminster Volunteer Rifles in November 1863, and it has served at home, and overseas with NATO, and UN operations. Infantry is the backbone of the Canadian Army, and their role is to ‘close with, and destroy the enemy, by day or by night, in all weather conditions, and terrain.’ As an infantry Reserve, we work together with the Regular Force to augment, and support in whatever capacity we are needed.

Trained to fight, infantry soldiers are capable of performing in various operations including airmobile, amphibious, and environmental operations whether in the Arctic, the mountains, or the desert. Infantry soldiers are highly trained, dependable, and self-disciplined individuals who are able to readily adapt to dynamic situations, and environment.

Join Our Unit

The Royal Westminster Regiment is open to Canadian citizens, ages 16 or older, with A Company in New Westminster, and D Company in Chilliwack. As part-time reservists, service is voluntary without set terms of service. Support role (Human Resource Administrator, Financial Service Administrator, Supply Technician) positions are also available. For more information, contact our unit recruiter at 604‑666‑4282.

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Command Team

  • Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel D.J. Vernon
  • Regimental Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer B.H.J. Gardner


This Reserve Force regiment originated in New Westminster, British Columbia on April 1,  1910, when the 104th Regiment was authorized to be formed.  It was redesignated the 104th  Regiment Westminster Fusiliers of Canada on December 15, 1913.  On March 12,  1920, it was amalgamated with the 6th Regiment The Duke of Connaught's Own,  Rifles to form the 1st British Columbia Regiment.  It was redesignated the 1st British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own) on November 1, 1920. On  May 15, 1924, it was reorganized into three separate regiments, designated:  1st British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own) (now the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own); The Vancouver Regiment (now The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own); and The Westminster Regiment.  On  December 15,  1936, it was amalgamated with C Company of the 11th Machine Gun Battalion, CMGC and redesignated The Westminster Regiment (Machine Gun).  It was redesignated: The Westminster Regiment (Motor) on April 1, 1941; 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Westminster Regiment (Motor) on November 7, 1941;  The Westminster Regiment (Motor) on  January 31,  1946;  The Westminster Regiment on October 6, 1954; and The Royal Westminster Regiment on December 9, 1966.

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Contact Us

The Royal Westminster Regiment
530 Queens Avenue
New Westminster, BC
V3L 1K3
Phone: 604-666-4069


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