The West Nova Scotia Regiment

Unit Identification

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The West Nova Scotia Regiment
Camp Aldershot - Building 209
1400 Lanzy Road
Aldershot, NS
B4N 4H8

The West Nova Scotia Regiment

The West Nova Scotia Regiment, Camp Aldershot - Building 209

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 D.M. Morse
Phone: 902-678-7930, Ext. 2121

Or contact

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

When We Train

We train from September to June on Thursday evenings (7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) and one weekend per month.

From May to August, full-time summer employment is available.

Where we train:
- Windsor, NS
- Aldershot, NS
- Middleton, NS
- Bridgetown, NS

Trades In Our Unit




See a complete list of Vehicles and Weapons.

Who We Are

The West Nova Scotia Regiment is a Primary Reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces. It has seen active service in both the Great War and World War II. The Regiment headquarters is located at 5th Canadian Division Training Centre Aldershot, north of Kentville, Nova Scotia.

As a member of an infantry platoon you will become a member of a cohesive group. You will learn how to professionally operate and maintain various types of weapons and equipment. In addition, other training may include Field Communication, Machine Gunner, Driver and Leadership courses. Also, you will learn field craft and battle procedures including, camouflage and concealment, internal security, patrolling, escape and evasion tactics, and also how to safely use explosives and pyrotechnics, communication and navigation systems.

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 K.F. Butterworth, OMM, MSM, CD
  • Regimental Sergeant-Major - Chief Warrant Officer B.P. Rogers, CD

Contact Us

The West Nova Scotia Regiment
Camp Aldershot
Building 209
1400 Lanzy Road
Aldershot, NS
B4N 4H8

Phone: 902-678-7930, Ext. 2121


The Exercise MAPLE ARCH 2018 official crest

Faces of MAPLE ARCH 2018: meet mentor Captain Leah Woolley, Intelligence Officer

Nemencine, Lithuania — Meet Captain Leah Woolley, an Intelligence Officer with 3 Intelligence Company in Halifax and one of 5th Canadian Division’s Army officer mentors who participated on Exercise MAPLE ARCH 2018 (Ex MAPLE ARCH 18) at the Nemencine Warfare Training Centre.
October 17, 2018

Summer students employed at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown

Summer work on Army base an ‘awesome’ opportunity

Oromocto, New Brunswick — A Fredericton high school student says his summer job at 5th Canadian Division Support Base (5 CDSB) Gagetown is an opportunity to grow personally as well as to earn money.
September 25, 2018

Private Lilia Rosa Silliker takes the wheel of a G Wagon

Army Reserve soldier, 53, masters armoured vehicle before two-wheeler

Oromocto, New Brunswick — At 53 years old, I’m doing something that might have sounded strange when I first immigrated to Canada in 2002 from Cienfuegos, Cuba: I’m on an Armoured Reconnaissance course with candidates predominantly not even half my age. And I’m enjoying the course.
September 17, 2018

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 Our History

The West Nova Scotia Regiment (West NSR) is one of the oldest regiments on the Canadian Militia List. The Regiment was formed from both the 69th Annapolis Regiment (1717), and the 75th Lunenburg Regiment, (1870) in 1936. Both regiments descended from the 40th Regiment of Foot, the Prince of wales Volunteers, which was raised on the 23rd of August, 1717 at Fort Anne, Annapolis Royal, NS.

When World War II broke out on the 1st day of September 1939, the West NSR was mobilized as an active service force battalion. The active service battalion left Halifax and disembarked at Gourock, Scotland shortly after Christmas in 1939; they immediately entrained for Aldershot, England. On June 15, 1943 the regiment embarked from England, in the first part of "Operation Husky" the invasion of Sicily. The West Nova Scotia Regiment was the first allied unit to land and stay on the continent of Eurcpe for the entire duration of the war.

The Regiment continued to fight in Italy until February 9, 1945, when LCol Hiltz received orders informing him that the ist Canadian Corps would be transferred from Italy to Northwest Europe. The Regiment moved to Marseilles, France, by sea and arrived in Holland until the German surrender on May 5, 1945. During this time the Regiment won twenty six theatre and battle honours, in addition to the Distinguished Service Order, the Military Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal and many others. From Sicily to Holland there are 352 graves of West Novas who paid the final sacrifice during the war. There were also 1084 wounded and missing.

Since World War II the West Nova Scotia Regiment has been a unit of the Canadian Armed Force - reserves. it has contributed soldiers to UN peace keeping tours in countries such as the former Yugoslavia, Cyprus and the Middle East, and recently it has deployed soldiers to Afghanistan.

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