Stay in an ice hotel, attend a winter festival and wander through an ice castle.
While the story of Canada’s mounted police dates back to 1873, it was 100 years ago this month that the Royal North West Mounted Police and Dominion Police merged to become the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Learn more about the RCMP at these fascinating stops.
Regina is home to the RCMP training headquarters, an honour it’s held since 1885, back when the force was still known as the North West Mounted Police. At the centre, you can learn about the history of the force and even get behind the wheel of a police cruiser as part of a driving simulation.
While those red serge jackets and iconic hats are a hit with tourists, it’s important to remember the RCMP is a working police force. Pay your respects to officers who lost their lives while serving the public in Alberta since 1874 at the Wall of Honour at “K” Division Headquarters.
Visitors to this facility can enjoy a free, guided tour of the horse stables and the information centre. When the horses and riders are not on tour around the country, you can also catch them performing intricate riding drills set to music.
The Brockville Museum, Brockville, Ontario
The John B. Stetson Company factory was located in the Thousand Islands community of Brockville and was responsible for the exclusive production of Mountie hats. The hat on display at the museum was made in 1965 and given to officer Alex W. Stillwell during his training in Regina.
By the Numbers
The year the Royal North West Mounted Police became the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and its headquarters moved from Regina to Ottawa.
The total number of members of the RCMP force—including the commissioner, superintendents, sergeants, constables, and civilians—as of April 1, 2019.
The number of weeks new recruits train at the academy in Regina. The training includes several evenings and weekends spent completing tasks and assignments.