The Grey and Simcoe Foresters

Unit Identification

The Grey & Simcoe Foresters crest

Tenacious and Versatile


Barrie Armoury
37 Parkside Drive
Barrie, ON  L4N 1W5


Tommy Holmes, VC Memorial Armoury
858 10th Street E
Owen Sound, ON  N4K 1T4

Join Our Team

Looking for full-time or part-time work? We are hiring and provide excellent career opportunities. Please do not hesitate to call or email our recruiter who will be pleased to answer any questions you may have and provide direction on how to apply to our Regiment.

Our Team Recruiter

Name: Cpl V.K. David
Barrie: 705-728-3761, Ext. 4842
Owen Sound: 519-538-1371, Ext. 6933

Or contact

Phone: 1-800-856-8488
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When We Train

September to June:

  • Thursday evenings
  • 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • one weekend per month.

Full-time summer employment is available from May to August.

Trades In Our Unit




  • Light Over Snow Vehicle (LOSV)
  • Medium Over Snow Vehicle (MOSV)
  • Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS)
  • Militarized Commercial Off-The-Shelf (MilCOTS)

See a list of Canadian Army weapons and vehicles.

Mission Task

A number of Army Reserve units have been assigned specific Mission Tasks. Members within these units are trained in these specific capabilities and ready to be fully integrated, as a formed entity, into the Regular Force units that they reinforce.

The mission task for our unit is: Arctic Response Company Group – Our Reserve unit is trained in winter warfare operations, to provide the lead elements of an Army Reserve operational commitment to a domestic operation in the high Arctic.

Who We Are

The Grey and Simcoe Foresters (G&SF) is a unit of 31 Canadian Brigade Group (31 CBG), whose task is to augment Canada’s military with trained infantrymen and is the lead unit of the 4th Canadian Division’s Arctic Response Company Group (ARCG).

The G&SF is always looking for fit, motivated, confident men and women with an interest in challenging and multifaceted training as infantry soldiers. Primarily, new recruits are High School or Post-Secondary School students with time to work one evening a week along with one or two weekends a month during the school year (Sept – May). With their first few years of service, new members must also be available to attend full-time course conducted during the summer where technical skills are acquired for employment on operations and training during the part-time training year.

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 D.E. Meehan, CD
  • Regimental Sergeant-Major - Chief Warrant Officer D.B. Henley, CD

Contact Us


Grey and Simcoe Foresters
HQ & Barrie Garrison
Barrie Armoury
37 Parkside Drive
Barrie, ON  L4N 1W5

Phone: 705-728-3761

Owen Sound

Grey and Simcoe Foresters
Owen Sound Garrison
Tommy Holmes, VC Memorial Armoury
858 10th Street E
Owen Sound, ON  N4K 1T4

Phone: 519-538-1371


Canadian Armed Forces and Allies hone joint warfighting skills at computer-assisted Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2020

February 10, 2020 – Kingston, ON – Department of National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
February 10, 2020

Major Greg Frank

‘Final Round’ marks an end to 37 years of service

Meaford, Ontario — On a brisk October afternoon, Major (Retired) Greg Frank loaded a C3 105 mm Howitzer. It was a task he had completed literally thousands of times over his 37-year career in the Canadian Army Reserve but this would be different: it was the last round he would ever fire.
February 7, 2020

New members of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, a Toronto-based Army Reserve regiment, are given Coins of Remembrance to mark Remembrance Day.

Queen’s Own Rifles coins ‘a sacred obligation’ to their Fallen

Toronto, Ontario — A 20-year-old tradition of honouring 160 years of their Regimental Fallen with commemorative Coins of Remembrance is still going strong at the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada (QOR).
November 26, 2019

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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.

Read more of our history.

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