The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own) is an armoured reconnaissance reserve regiment and as such is tasked with providing qualified reconnaissance soldiers to assist the Regular Force in meeting Canada’s military commitments.Learn more about the regiment
The British Columbia Regiment (BCR) is an Armoured Reconnaissance unit in the Army Reserve. Members of the Reserve Force are citizens who are paid to train on a part-time basis to assist the Regular Force in meeting Canada’s military commitments.Find Out How To Join
The Regimental Museum displays firearms early as the 1800’s, captured World War Two weapons, and firearms and equipment used in the cold war. Authentic uniforms from all eras of our history are displayed, also medals ranging from the Crimea War to the conflict in Afghanistan.Learn About The Displays
For more information about The British Columbia Regiment, or to apply for enrollment, visit the Drill Hall. Information sessions are held every Wednesday evening (no appointment necessary) at 1930 hours (7:30 p.m.) from September to May. During June, July and August, please call for an appointment. The Regiment is located across the street from the Stadium SkyTrain station.
The museum holds captured and liberated items from the Boer war, both world wars, numerous peacekeeping deployments and the most recent mission to Afghanistan. On display are many items, including trophies, medals, trench art pieces, personal items, historic pictures, helmets, flags, maps, and much more. Open most Wednesday’s from 1000-1500hrs.
“Swift & Strong – A Pictorial History of The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own)” is only the second history written to cover the Regiment’s entire history and it represents the first occasion for the photographs from the Regiment’s archives to be publicly presented. The publisher of the book is The British Columbia Regiment (DCO) Museum Society.
"A number of officers and men were always left out of battle in case of disaster, to form the nucleus of the Regiment. Five days after coming perilously close to total destruction, the 28th attacked again and this time they were successful. Another seven days of hard fighting culminated in the closing of the Falasie Gap. "
"At mid-morning, renewed assaults hit the line north-east of St. Julien, particularly the positions of the 7th Battalion. Machine Gun officer Lieutenant Edward Bellew received Canada's third Victoria Cross of the war, single-handedly holding off an overwhelming force until his automatic weapon ran out of ammunition, then resorting to his pistol and a bayonet until he was taken prisoner. The 7th Battalion was all but wiped out when they, along with the 14th and 15th Battalions, decided independent of brigade orders to attempt a withdrawal. "