The Grey and Simcoe Foresters

Unit Identification

The Grey & Simcoe Foresters crest

Tenacious and Versatile

Who We Are

The Grey and Simcoe Foresters is a Primary Reserve Infantry Regiment of the Canadian Army. As part of 31 Canadian Brigade Group, the Regiment is based in Barrie and Owen Sound and provides the Brigade with highly motivated and trained Infantry Soldiers. The Foresters have had a unique history that has lived up to its rural tenacity and spirit. The Regiment has shown its versatility throughout its existence in the Canadian Army, having served Canada as Infantry, Armoured and as an Artillery Regiment.

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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.

Phone: 705-424-1200 ext 4825

Unit Parade Night: Thursday evenings 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

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Command Team

Commander, The Grey and Simcoe Foresters

Commander: Lieutenant-Colonel Perry Rittershofer

Sergeant Major, The Grey and Simcoe Foresters

Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Pawliw, CD

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

Contact Us


The Grey and Simcoe Foresters
37 Parkside Dr
Barrie, ON L4N 1W8

Phone: 705-728-3761

Owen Sound

The Grey and Simcoe Foresters
Owen Sound Armoury
858 10th St. E.
Owen Sound, ON N4K 1T4

Phone: 519-538-1371

Hours of Operations: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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