The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada: Vancouver’s Infantry Regiment


Founded in 1910, the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada are a Primary Reserve Infantry Regiment whose members have served with distinction in conflicts around the globe, from world wars to cold wars, from peacekeeping to peacemaking.

Our name, lineage, and many of our customs hail from the Highlands of Scotland. Over several generations, soldiers from all over Canada and the world have come here, embraced, fostered, and renewed these traditions, and in so doing, have become Seaforths.

Over our history the nature of conflicts have changed, as have the politics and beliefs that have spawned them. Amidst all this change, through years of war and years of peace, the one constant is the Seaforth Highlanders’ steadfast commitment to defending our nation.

 Relaxed yet vigilant, 7 of the 16 Seaforth Highlanders who were present at the Battle of the Medak Pocket stop for a group photo in the ruins of a village. L-R: Kim, Deans, Spiess, Lundie, Chow, Tytler, Tolton.

Relaxed yet vigilant, 7 of the 16 Seaforth Highlanders who were present at the Battle of the Medak Pocket stop for a group photo in the ruins of a village. L-R: Kim, Deans, Spiess, Lundie, Chow, Tytler, Tolton.

 Annual Inspection of the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders by Col. A. Roy, M.V.O., D.O.C., M.D. No. 11, June 21st, 1913. Back Row: Lieutenant R.O. Bell-Irving; Lieut. R.H. Tupper; Lieut. Mostyn Williams;Lieut. R. Bell-Irving; Lieut. J.A. Hope; Lieut. W.F. Kemp; Lieut. S.H. Goodall; Lieut. G.H. Davis; Lieut. C.J. Marshall; Lieut. A.D. Wilson; Lieut. F.M. Oliphant; Second Row: Captain R. Markham; Capt. C.M. Merritt; Capt. E.W. Hamber; Capt. J.A. Clark; Lieut. E.M. Picton Ward; Major J.S. Tait; Major H.S. Tobin; Lieut. A.L.G. Reid; Capt. J. Edwards Leckie, D.S.O.; Capt. G.H. Kirkpatrick; Capt. W. Rae; Capt. H.M. Fleming Front Row: Lieut. C. Tweedale, Corps of Guides, Orderly Off. D.O.C.; Major W. Hart McHarg, 6th D.C.O.R.; Hon. Lieut.-Col. J.A. Macdonnell; Col. A. Roy, M.V.O., D.O.C., M.D. No. 11; Lieut.-Col. R.G. Edwards Leckie; Capt. W.L. Moore, D.S.A.; Capt. G. Godson-Godson, D.C.M. Adj. | City of Vancouver Archives, Mil P225, photographer Stuart Thomson

Annual Inspection of the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders by Col. A. Roy, M.V.O., D.O.C., M.D. No. 11, June 21st, 1913. Back Row: Lieutenant R.O. Bell-Irving; Lieut. R.H. Tupper; Lieut. Mostyn Williams;Lieut. R. Bell-Irving; Lieut. J.A. Hope; Lieut. W.F. Kemp; Lieut. S.H. Goodall; Lieut. G.H. Davis; Lieut. C.J. Marshall; Lieut. A.D. Wilson; Lieut. F.M. Oliphant; Second Row: Captain R. Markham; Capt. C.M. Merritt; Capt. E.W. Hamber; Capt. J.A. Clark; Lieut. E.M. Picton Ward; Major J.S. Tait; Major H.S. Tobin; Lieut. A.L.G. Reid; Capt. J. Edwards Leckie, D.S.O.; Capt. G.H. Kirkpatrick; Capt. W. Rae; Capt. H.M. Fleming Front Row: Lieut. C. Tweedale, Corps of Guides, Orderly Off. D.O.C.; Major W. Hart McHarg, 6th D.C.O.R.; Hon. Lieut.-Col. J.A. Macdonnell; Col. A. Roy, M.V.O., D.O.C., M.D. No. 11; Lieut.-Col. R.G. Edwards Leckie; Capt. W.L. Moore, D.S.A.; Capt. G. Godson-Godson, D.C.M. Adj. | City of Vancouver Archives, Mil P225, photographer Stuart Thomson


The Collection


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The museum houses an extensive collection of Seaforth history and memorabilia with items on display from both world wars, Afghanistan, and operations between. The Armoury is a rewarding visit for those who had family serve in the Regiment and anyone with an interest in military and world history through the lens of Vancouver’s Infantry Regiment.

 Restoration of the Vimy Cross.

Restoration of the Vimy Cross.

Physical and educational exhibits tell the tales of common men who, under extraordinary circumstances, achieved much and sacrificed more for Canada. And just as importantly, they serve to illustrate what it has meant, and what it continues to mean, to be a Seaforth Highlander. The digital collection will continue to grow into a rich, interactive experience and a research tool for historians.

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The Armoury is the home of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada but more than just an infantry regiment resides within these walls. Here is housed the collective memory of a proud and accomplished regiment, and throughout this space are constant reminders of those Seaforths who have gone before us.


Seaforth Armoury

1650 Burrard Street,
Vancouver, BC V6J 3G4


 

The Seaforth Armoury is a Canadian Forces armory located at 1650 Burrard Street in Vancouver, British Columbia. The building was designed by the architectural firm of McCarter and Nairne, and is now listed as a Class A Heritage Building. From their creation in 1910 until 1935 The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada paraded at the Beatty Street Drill Hall with the Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles. The government was petitioned for a separate armory to house the regiment and in the early 1930s a site was selected. The site selected was a plot of unused land at the south end of the recently completed Burrard Street Bridge. The address was fixed at 1650 on what had been called Cedar Street but upon completion of the bridge Cedar Street became Burrard Street.

Work began in 1935 and construction was finished in 1936. The Armoury was opened on the 26th of August 1936. The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada formed up in a hollow square and The Governor General, Lord Tweedsmuir took the Royal Salute as the first parade was held on the Square.

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Museum Inquiries

Regimental Historical Contact seaforthhighlandersmuseum@gmail.com


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Cabar Fedih Gu Brath!


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