1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North)

Badge and Motto

38 Canadian Brigade Group Badge

SIOL NA FEAR FEARAIL -- Breed of manly men

Commanding Officer

Lieutenant-Colonel Stephen Hale

Sergeant-Major

Chief Warrant Officer David Hannigan

Contact

Battalion HQ/Truro Armoury
125 Willow Street
Truro, NS  B2N 4Z6

Phone: (902) 893-6883

1NSHRecruiting@forces.gc.ca

Assault boat training

A group of soldiers from the 1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders and from The Cape Breton Highlanders perform Assault Boat training during Exercise Southbound Trooper XII in Fort Pickett, Virginia.

Who We Are

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.

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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Join Our Unit

If you are interested in joining the 1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North), please contact our recruiting office at (902) 893-6893 or visit the Canadian Forces recruiting website!

When We Train

The 1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North) train from September through to June on Thursday evenings (7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) and one weekend per month.