5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA

Unit Identification

5 Field Artillery Badge


Whither right and glory lead


The 5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery is an Army Reserve Artillery Regiment of the 39 Canadian Brigade Group. We are garrisoned in Victoria, B.C. at the Bay Street Armoury.

The 5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA has been serving in Victoria since Confederation. It has the Honour of being the oldest army regiment west of the great lakes, officially formed on July 20 1878, and historically tied to Sir Arthur Currie, as the regiment he commanded before the outbreak of World War One.

The 5th (British Columbia) Field ArtilleryRegiment, RCA participates in a number of local events - firing salutes outside of parliament for dignitaries and Remembrance Day; as well as unit and brigade level exercises across the country and abroad.

Our members have also augmented the regular force in Operations in Bosnia, Cyprus, Afghanistan, Croatia, the Boer War, World War 1 and World War 2.

What We Do

Field Artillery’s contribution to the Combat Arms is to provide and deliver indirect fire in support of the all arms battle.

The artillery can be divided into 3 distinct operational detachments, The Guns, the Technicians, and the Officers. Each detachment is an integral part of an information hub that expands the reach and efficacy of the artillery on the whole of the battlefield.

The Gun Detachment operates on the Gun line applying shooting data from the command post and providing fire support. The Technicians support the Gun detachment providing key information and communications to ensure the highest level of accuracy. The Officers are leaders of each detachment, their expertise and leadership ensures the accuracy of each round.

Join Our Unit

We train on Tuesday nights 7 - 10 pm. During the summer we train full-time in army bases all over the country. 39 CBG is the largest Army formation in British Columbia with 11 Units throughout the province. We are actively recruiting officers and non-commissioned members with technical interests to fill part-time positions. To apply, you must meet the following basic Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen
  • Must be a least 16 years of age (and have parental consent)
  • Must have a minimum Grade 10 education (or higher depending on entry plan).

For further information about fulltime and part-time employment opportunities with the Canadian Armed Forces go to Forces.ca, or contact a 39 CBG unit recruiter directly at 250-213-1967.

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Command Team

  • Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel B.Y. LeBlanc
  • Regimental Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer A.R. Dadds


The 5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA has been apart of the very foundations of Victoria. We initially provided security for the naval base and harbour, as part of the Coastal Defence network covering the entrance to the Georgia Strait.

As the times and political situation changes, the Regiment itself changes in response to new challenges. In 1956 the 5th Field Regiment was re-designated as a Field Unit to support army units in Expeditionary Operations. The battery became mobile, more tactical, to be used for short or long engagements.

Recognition of more than 100 years of service took place on Sunday, November 4th, 1979, when the 5th (British Columbia) Field Battery, RCA proudly accepted the Freedom of the City of Victoria. On Friday, September 13th, 1991, the regiment once again was raised to regimental status and designated the 5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA. The young men and women of the unit proudly wear the Gunner badge in the oldest continuous serving militia unit west of the Great Lakes.

The 5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA originated in Victoria on October 12, 1883, when the British Columbia Provisional Regiment of Garrison Artillery was authorized to be formed. In September 1991, the Regiment was reorganized and re-designated to its current regimental title.  

More: 5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA history


The 5th Field Battery utilizes the following weapon systems:

We deploy the field artillery on a variety of vehicles:

  • Gun Tractor
  • Light Utility Vehicle Wheeled (LUVW)
  • Light Service Vehicle Wheeled (LSVW) – command post and cargo
  • MSVS Cargo

Contact Us

5th (BC) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA
715 Bay Street
Victoria, BC
V8T 1R1


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5th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA News

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Reservists grit it out as Tough Mudders

Personnel from the 5th (B.C.) Field Artillery Regiment have conquered one of the toughest endurance events in the world. Ten reservists tackled the Tough Mudder event at Whistler Olympic Park on June 18, with everyone completing the 19-kilometre 20 obstacle course.
July 7, 2016

section of soldiers move through a clearing while moving between survival training stands as part of Exercise Coastal Sasquatch.

ARCHIVED - Exercise Coastal Sasquatch: Island Units Practice Winter Soldier Skills

The weekend of January 31st – February 2nd, 2015 at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island was a hive of activity as army reserve units of 39 Canadian Brigade Group (CBG) gathered for Exercise Coastal Sasquatch, with soldiers from  the 5th (BC) Field Regiment, The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s), 11 Field Ambulance, and 39 Signal Regiment in attendance.
April 22, 2015

Ex Rolling Thunder

ARCHIVED - Exercise Rolling Thunder

Exercise Rolling Thunder, Yakima USA
July 11, 2014

Commenation recipients

ARCHIVED - Commendations - 5th (British Columbia) Field Regiment, RCA

MBdr Cheung - 39 Canadian Brigade Group Commander's Commendation.
Chief Warrant Officer Brian John Lougheed, CD - Canadian Army Commander Commendation
July 4, 2014

ARCHIVED - War Memorial Dinner

The 5th Field Regiment, members, officers and honorary officers went to Ottawa to attend a War Memorial dinner hosted by the Canadian War Museum.
June 13, 2014

ARCHIVED - Alexa’s Team Award

Major B. Leblanc and brother, PO1 G. Leblanc  were awarded the Alexa’s Team Award along with 313 other officers, for their contribution as police officers to reduce the level of impaired driving on BC’s roads.
June 13, 2014

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