Re-enacting is a fun hobby in which you can leave your modern life and its stresses behind while you take on the role of a soldier from over 200 years ago.
You do not need any previous military or historical interpretation experience and you do not need to own any equipment to join us. We will teach you everything you need to know and have spare uniforms and equipment to loan you to start.
Membership is open to adults of all ages. Youth should be at least 12 years old to be a musician and 15 years old to portray a soldier.
The first step is to contact us and we will invite you to attend a training sessions where you will have the opportunity to meet members of the regiment and learn some of the basics to see if this activity and the regiment is for you.
Student looking to volunteer to gain experience and to put what you learned in the classroom to use can apply to the Student Interpreter Program. Those looking for a paid summer job can apply on the Summer Enlistment page.
Training and Activities
The regiment is active from February to the end of November. Summer activities for members are normally held on Saturdays on Parliament Hill and at the Rideau Canal's Ottawa Locks from 1pm to 4pm. Most training is takes place during the winter months, however basic training is held for new members on an ongoing basis.
A $40.00 registration fee that covers insurance and other costs is due upon acceptance.
What Role Can I Take?
We are primarily recruiting soldiers and musicians however please let us know if you are interested in taking on another sort of role.
To be a soldier, you will need to be able to take part in at least two training sessions from February to May and three events from June to September. Members of the corps of drums should expect to attend a pratice every two weeks, practice on their own several hours a week, and attend a good number of event days.
You are assigned to either the Grenadier, Light Infantry or Battalion company depending on your availability and experience.
As a soldier, you wear a red coat with deep yellow facings on the collar and cuffs and are equiped with a 3rd Land Pattern Musket and a bayonet. You will learn the British foot and arms drill of the Napoleonic period and how to handle and safely fire a musket.
Corps of Drums
You portray a musician playing either a drum, fife, or bugle and play a variety of music including military marches and duty calls.
As a Fifer or Drummer, you wear a deep yellow coat with red facings on the collar and cuffs and carry a sword. During battle reenactments, you are assigned to either the grenadier or battalion company.
As a Bugler, you wear the same red coat as the rest of the soldiers and carry a sword. During battle reenactments, you are assigned to the light infantry company.