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

Unit Identification

The Queen's York Rangers crest


"Mindful of our ancient valour"

Who We Are

The Queen's York Rangers is an armoured reconnaissance regiment with squadrons in Toronto and Aurora.

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.


Phone: 416-203-4600 ext 4672

Unit Parade Night: Wednesday evenings 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

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Command Team

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

Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel Eric M. Thorson, CD, BMASc

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

Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer Frank H. Atyeo, CD

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.

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Contact Us


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

Telephone: 416-203-4622

York Region

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

Telephone: 905-841-6655

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 8:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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