The Royal 22e Regiment is an infantry regiment, and the most famous francophone organization of the Canadian Forces. The regiment comprises three Regular Force battalions, two Primary Reserve battalions, and a band, making it the largest regiment in the army. The ceremonial home of the regiment is La Citadelle in Quebec City, where the regimental museum is housed. The regiment is nicknamed the Van Doos, a corruption of vingt-deux, French for "twenty-two." The regiment's RHQ is located in Quebec City, with all three of its regular battalions stationed at various bases in the province of Quebec. The regiment serves as the "local" infantry regiment for Quebec.

Recent Fallen Van Doos

Christina Duchesne
Mario Mercier
Simon Longtin
MCpl Christian Duchesne
MWO Mario Mercier



A note on the name

Most units of the Canadian Forces have official names in English and in French, but the historic regiments are exceptions, having monolingual names for the sake of tradition. The English name "Royal 22nd Regiment" is often seen, but strictly speaking is incorrect: only the French form is official.


  • United Kingdom - The Royal Welsh
  • United Kingdom - The Staffordshire Regiment; 4e Bn



Le Royal 22e Regiment
Active 14 October 1914-
Country Canada
Branch Canadian Forces Land Force Command
Type Line Infantry
Role Mechanized Infantry (two battalions)
Light Role Infantry/Paratroop (one battalion)
Reserve (two battalions)
Size Five battalions
Part of Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Garrison/HQ Le siege social - Quebec City
1er Bataillon - Valcartier
2e Bataillon - Quebec City
3e Bataillon - Valcartier
4e Batallion - Laval
6e Batallion - Saint-Hyacinthe
Nickname The Van Doos
Motto Je me souviens (I Remember)
March Quick: Vive la Canadienne
Slow: Marche lente du Royal 22e Regiment
Mascot Goat named Baptiste X
Colonel en Chef HM The Queen
Colonel du Regiment General Maurice Baril, CMM, MSM, CD
Plume Red
Left of Bearskin cap

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