Regimental nicknames of the Canadian Forces

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Many regiments have over the years earned nicknames; some laudatory, some derogatory, but all colourful. Sometimes, the nicknames themselves have overshadowed the actual regimental title, e.g. the "Van Doos" for the Royal 22e Régiment. In some cases the nickname actually replaced it: in 1881, the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot became officially known by its nickname, The Black Watch.

What follows is a list of nicknames of Canadian regiments, arranged alphabetically by regimental title. A brief explanation of the origin of the nickname, where known, is included.

Regimental nicknames[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Regimental website: The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment
  2. ^ Cited in Fighting the Hun From Saddle and Trench by Sgt. William R. Jones
  3. ^ "Chapter 1", Regimental Manual, pp. 1–3/13, archived from the original (PDF) on February 23, 2011, retrieved February 23, 2011 


  • Mowat, Farley (1955). The Regiment. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart.