Welcome to the Outer Rim Garrison, home of the 501st Legion in British Columbia, Canada.
Who We Are
The British Columbia members of the 501st Legion first formed a squad in 2006 under the Ontario-based Canadian Garrison.
In 2007, we transferred as a squad to the Badlands Garrison (western Canada) and in 2014 we officially became a Garrison in the 501st Legion with 32 official members. As of the summer of 2016, we have 80 active members across the province and growing!
While the majority of our members are based in the lower mainland, the Garrison has troopers stationed throughout the island and the interior of the province.
Why We Do What We Do
A lot fans ask why 501st Legion members why they “do what they do.”
The fact is – we are all fans of Star Wars, regardless if we are members of the 501st Legion or not. In our case, we express our fandom through the use of costumes for charity. We enjoy giving back, whether that means visiting hospitals, supporting charities with fundraisers, or participating in community events.
Most importantly, we enjoy putting smiles on peoples’ faces. Whether they are young, or the young at heart! If you are interested in joining the 501st Legion or simply have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
While the 501st was initially founded to unite costumers with a penchant for Star Wars villainy, one of our real-world missions is to bring good to our communities through volunteer charity work. The 501st is always looking for opportunities to brighten the lives of the less fortunate and to bring awareness to positive causes on both a local and global scale.
While we do not charge a fee for appearances (public or private), we enthusiastically welcome donations made to a charitable organization in the name of the 501st Legion. If you do not have a charity of choice, please ask the participating local 501st members for their favorite cause.
With over 67 garrisons in the Legion, we have accumulated some impressive totals over the years.
Each year the 501st Legion members volunteer their time to attend a number of charity related events. In 2013 Legion members helped to raise $262,328 through our own fundraising efforts, and attended events that helped to raise over $32 Million Dollars for charity. Our members donated over 28,946 ‘man hours’ wearing our Imperial Costumes all in the name of fundraising and charity!
Giving back to the community is the cornerstone of everything we do. The Outer Rim Garrison works with many charities in British Columbia. We are very proud to support these charities!
Featured Trooper: Giovanni Calori
What is your background / what do you do for a living? What are your hobbies?
I work as a Body shop supervisor, i do alittle of everything bosy work, prepping cars for painy, detail cars, and keep the books. Hobbies include build models/ costumes, run RC tanks amoung other things.
When did you see Star Wars for the first time and where?
The first time I watched starwars was with my Mother years ago when I was very small, it was the original trilogy on VHS.
What is your favourite Star Wars movie?
Empire strikes back, closely followed by Rogue one.
What is your favourite costume and or prop (any franchise)?
Favorite costume is the AT AT driver.
What costumes (SW related or otherwise) have you made before?
Along with my At At i have also made a stormtrooper and just finished a mandalorian kit to use with our sister club.
What inspires you creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Seeing other people work and day dreaming and my main sources for insparation
How did you first find out about the 501st Legion?
I happened to come across a video on youtube about the top fan made starwars things, one of them was the 501st so I looked into it more and knew I wanted to join once I found out more.
What drives you to stay trooping in the 501st Legion?
Supporting great charities which help bring even a little happiness to those you are fighting though many challenging times. Also being with the 501st, its like an extended family, Everyone is so helpful a d always willing to lend a hand.
A job at Lucasfilm? Working with writers would be my choice, bringing ideas to them both original and fan made. There have been many amazing fan films which really should be looked at more by those in charge!