The Princess Louise Fusiliers

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FIDELITER -- Faithfully

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Princess Louise Fusiliers is a light infantry unit of the Canadian Forces Reserve. The Regiment traces its history to the founding of Halifax in 1749, 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 Fusiliers are a well-equipped and well-trained component of the Reserve Force, contributing to the light infantry and mountain operations capability of the Canadian Army.

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Command Team

Commanding Officer - Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Gervais
Regimental Sergeant-Major - Chief Warrant Officer Lawrence Conrad

Our History

Based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, this infantry regiment traces its local roots as a Halifax unit of Militia back to June 18, 1749 when Sir Edward Cornwalis formed a local Militia under his own command. Ten companies were mustered at the Grand Parade in the city and were later formed as a collective battalion.

The regiment was authorized as an officially constituted unit of Canada in1869, following the passage of the 1868 Militia Act.  During the unit's history, it has undergone several name changes. On November 5, 1869, the regiment was named the 66th The Halifax Battalion of Infantry. Originally consisting of six companies, it later gained two more.

Ten years later, on November 14, 1879, the regiment was once again renamed, this time to the 66th Battalion 'Princess Louise Fusiliers', named for Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria and wife of the Governor General at the time. It was shortly after this point in which the regiment received its first battle honour, when they helped suppress the Northwest Rebellion of 1885. Soldiers of the unit served in North West Canada with the Halifax Provisional Battalion. Fourteen years later, in 1899, the regiment provided some of its soldiers to a company raised in Nova Scotia for the 2nd (Special Service) Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment, which was raised for service in South Africa during the Second Boer War. May 8, 1900 brought about another name change, this time to 66th Regiment 'Princess Louise Fusiliers'.

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Join Our Unit

If you are interested in joining The Princess Louise Fusiliers please contact our recruiting office at 902-427-155 or visit the Canadian Forces recruiting website.

When We Train

The Princess Louise Fusiliers train from September through to June on Tuesday evenings (7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) and one weekend per month.


For more information about the vehicles and weapons used by the Canadian Army, visit our Equipment page.

Contact Us

The Princess Louise Fusiliers
Halifax Armouries
PO Box 99000 Stn Forces
Halifax, NS B3K 5X5
Phone: 902-427-6120

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