The Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment) (RCAC)

Unit Identification

The Queen's York Rangers crest


"Mindful of our ancient valour"

Army Reserve

Graphic: Joanna Gajdicar

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

Phone: 416-200-ARMY (2769)

Or contact

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

When We Train

Unit Parade Night: Wednesday Nights 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Trades In Our Unit




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Who We Are

The Queen's York Rangers is a reserve armoured reconnaissance regiment with squadrons in Toronto and Aurora. As recce, the Regiment scouts the advance, provides screens and observation posts, escorts convoys, and has a Quick Reaction Force to deal with threats. The Regiment conducts reconnaissance both mounted in vehicles and dismounted on foot.

The Rangers traces its history back to the Seven Years War when Robert Rogers raised the Queen’s Rangers to defend British North America against the French and their Indigenous Allies in the 1750s. The Rangers also fought against the Americans during the War of Independence, defeating General George Washington at the Battle of Brandywine in 1777. Later, the unit founded Toronto (1790s) and fought alongside Indigenous Allies in the War of 1812. The Rangers also deployed during the North West Rebellion (1880s) and The Great War (1914-18).

More recently, the Regiment has deployed members on many Canadian Armed Forces overseas missions including Former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Queen’s York Rangers endeavour to establish deeper ties to the large Indigenous community in Toronto. The Regiment is looking for bold and intelligent men and women of all backgrounds to join their ranks.

Celer et Audax

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 Eric Thorson, CD
  • Regimental Sergeant Major: Master Warrant Officer Frank Atyeo, CD

Contact Us


The Queen's York Rangers
Canadian Forces Armoury Fort York
660 Fleet Street West
Toronto, ON
M5V 1A9

Phone: 416-203-4642

York Region

The Queen's York Rangers
Lieutenant-General, The Honourable John Graves Simcoe Armoury
215 Industrial Parkway South
Aurora, ON
L4G 3T9

Phone: 905-841-6655, Ext. 7813


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You could be a part of the Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill

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Defence Minister launches full-time summer employment program for Reservists

March 13, 2018 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
March 13, 2018

Canadian Army Reserve Full-Time Summer Employment

In accordance with Commander Canadian Army direction and in line with Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy, the Canadian Army (CA) will offer full-time summer employment to Reservists in their first four years with the Army Reserve (ARes) commencing in 2018.
March 13, 2018

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Our History

The story of the Queen's York Rangers begins in the remote days of the Seven Years War, when companies raised by Robert Rogers served the British in raids along the frontiers of French Canada. Trained in woodcraft, scouting, and irregular warfare, units like Rogers' Rangers finally gave the red-coated British regulars an effective weapon against the guerrilla tactics of French-Canadian habitants and their Indian allies, enabling them to beat the enemy at his own game.

Raised anew among British Loyalists for the American War of Independence, renamed the Queen’s Rangers and now including five troops of cavalry, the green-clad Rangers fought on the side of those loyal to the British Crown. Under the command of John Graves Simcoe, the regiment fought in almost every theatre of war and earned, as the premier Loyalist unit, the title 1st American Regiment. They were never defeated in battle but obliged to join the final British surrender at Yorktown in 1781. The regiment’s colours from this period are now proudly on display in the unit's officers' mess.

Read more of our history.

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