The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North)

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126 Willow Street
Truro, NS
B2N 4Z6


The Nova Scotia Highlanders

The Nova Scotia Highlanders, 126 Willow St, Truro, NS, B2N 4Z6


Join Our Team

Please do not hesitate to call us for more information. We would be pleased to review your resume, and have you visit us for a tour of our unit.

Our Team Recruiter

Name: Sergeant Jim Hunter
Phone: 902-899-6213

Or contact

Phone: 1-800-856-8488
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When We Train

We train September through to June on Thursday evenings (7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)

Who We Are

The Nova Scotia Highlanders (NS Highrs) is a Primary Army Reserve Unit located in Northern Nova Scotia whose task is to train skilled soldiers to contribute to the success of military operations at home and abroad.

Based in Truro, Nova Scotia, and with Companies located in both Springhill and Pictou, The Nova Scotia Highlanders is a light infantry unit of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve. The Regiment traces its history to 1871, and has carried on the tradition of citizen-soldiering through two World Wars and numerous expeditionary and domestic operations, most recently CAF operations in Afghanistan. Today, the Highlanders are a well-equipped and well-trained component of the Reserve Force, contributing to the light infantry capability of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Benefits of Joining

When you join our unit, you will receive competitive pay for your part time or full time work as well as be eligible for on the job training that could benefit you in civilian life. Also, there are medical, dental and educational benefits available to Army Reservists.

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Command Team

  • Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel C.A. Todd, CD
  • Regimental Sergeant-Major: Chief Warrant Officer A.J. Hostler, CD

Contact Us

The Nova Scotia Highlanders
126 Willow St.
Truro, NS
B2N 4Z6

Phone: 902-899-6213


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Our History

In November 1954 two distinguished Militia units the Pictou Highlanders and the North Nova Scotia Highlanders were amalgamated and renamed by proclamation as the 1st Battalion The Nova Scotia Highlanders. Thus the military history of the unit is found in its past affiliations and the glorious traditions that date back at least two hundred years.

In 1936 a further reorganization noted an amalgamation of the Cumberland Highlanders and the Colchester and Hants Regiments plus one company of the Machine Gun Battalion of Truro, NS. This new unit was named the North Nova Scotia Highlanders (MG) and became part of the 18th Highland Brigade. This brigade also included the Pictou Highlanders, the Cape Breton Highlanders and the Prince Edward Island Highlanders. In 1939 the unit was mobilized and was reorganized to include a company from each of the Battalions of the 18th Highland Brigade. In July 1941, the unit proceeded overseas as part of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. The role of the unit during World War II can best be summarized by mentioning such names as Caen and Nijmegen.

At present, 1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North) is one of four infantry battalions which form the combat power of 36 Canadian Brigade Group. The Battalion’s main task at present is to prepare combat capable forces to provide augmentation of deployed regular force units. A secondary task assigned to the unit is to ensure that the unit is capable of responding to local emergencies.

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