The Grey and Simcoe Foresters

Unit Identification

The Grey & Simcoe Foresters crest

Tenacious and Versatile


Barrie Armoury
37 Parkside Drive
Barrie, ON  L4N 1W5


Tommy Holmes, VC Memorial Armoury
858 10th Street E
Owen Sound, ON  N4K 1T4

Join Our Team

Looking for full-time or part-time work? We are hiring and provide excellent career opportunities. Please do not hesitate to call or email our recruiter who will be pleased to answer any questions you may have and provide direction on how to apply to our Regiment.

Our Team Recruiter

Name: Sergeant Tiffany Webber
Barrie: 705-728-3761, Ext. 4842
Owen Sound: 519-538-1371, Ext. 6933

Or contact

Phone: 1-800-856-8488
Find a recruiting centre near you.

When We Train

September to June:

  • Thursday evenings
  • 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • one weekend per month.

Full-time summer employment is available from May to August.

Trades In Our Unit




  • Light Over Snow Vehicle (LOSV)
  • Medium Over Snow Vehicle (MOSV)
  • Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS)
  • Militarized Commercial Off-The-Shelf (MilCOTS)

See a list of Canadian Army weapons and vehicles.

Who We Are

The Grey and Simcoe Foresters (G&SF) is a unit of 31 Canadian Brigade Group (31 CBG), whose task is to augment Canada’s military with trained infantrymen and is the lead unit of the 4th Canadian Division’s Arctic Response Company Group (ARCG).

The G&SF is always looking for fit, motivated, confident men and women with an interest in challenging and multifaceted training as infantry soldiers. Primarily, new recruits are High School or Post-Secondary School students with time to work one evening a week along with one or two weekends a month during the school year (Sept – May). With their first few years of service, new members must also be available to attend full-time course conducted during the summer where technical skills are acquired for employment on operations and training during the part-time training year.

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.

Here are all the details:

Command Team

  • Commanding Officer - Lieutenant-Colonel P.A. Rittershofer, CD
  • Regimental Sergeant-Major - Chief Warrant Officer C. Pawliw, CD

Contact Us


Grey and Simcoe Foresters
HQ & Barrie Garrison
Barrie Armoury
37 Parkside Drive
Barrie, ON  L4N 1W5

Phone: 705-728-3761

Owen Sound

Grey and Simcoe Foresters
Owen Sound Garrison
Tommy Holmes, VC Memorial Armoury
858 10th Street E
Owen Sound, ON  N4K 1T4

Phone: 519-538-1371


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Our History

In 1795, the Simcoe District (then covering much of what is now Grey and Dufferin Counties) was created by Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe in order to organize the area for military purposes. The District was sparsely populated for many years but by the outbreak of the War of 1812, there were enough men to provide at least a dozen to the York Militia and these fought at Queenston Heights. In 1814 other men went from North Simcoe with the Newfoundland Fencibles in time to save Michilimacinac and capture the two American schooners attacking that place and thus restored British Naval supremacy on the Upper Great Lakes. Several of them then went with Captain Bulger when he captured the American post at Prairie du Chien in Wisconsin. At the end of the War, the militia units were all disbanded and the Sedentary Militia resumed its normal routine.

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