The remarkable story of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
The birth and development of Saskatchewan is uniquely tied to the history of the world-famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), originally known as the North West Mounted Police. Saskatchewan’s capital, Regina, remains home to the sole training academy for new members of the force. Over 1,000 new Mounties graduate each year.
The RCMP’s history can be tracked all across Saskatchewan. The RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina takes visitors back in time using interactive displays, multi-media presentations and rare artifacts. Fort Walsh National Historic Site, in the southwest’s Cypress Hills, was the Mounties’ original headquarters. Today's Fort Battleford commemorates the major role the fort played in the North West Resistance of 1885.
The story of the arrival of the RCMP cannot be told without an understanding of their early interactions with First Nations people. Sites and attractions throughout the province pay tribute to these decisive episodes in Saskatchewan history. Wood Mountain Post, near the Canada-United States border, tells of the friendship and respect between Major James Walsh and the legendary Chief Sitting Bull. Today, Saskatchewan’s inter-provincial Highway 13, known as the Red Coat Trail, approximates the route of the Great March West – the North West Mounted Police epic trek to western Canada in 1874.
Explore Saskatchewan and learn how this storied institution helped shape a province and a country, and how it continues to maintain security in modern day Canada and around the world.
Designed by world-renowned Canadian architect Arthur Erickson, the striking, 70,000 square foot RCMP Heritage Centre opened in May 2007. Working closely with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the RCMP Heritage Centre documents and shares the RCMP's past and present with the world.
This modern and experiential centre makes extensive use of a variety of technologies and interactive exhibits. An engaging multi-media presentation is delivered several times per day in the 124-seat state-of-the-art theatre. Permanent and temporary displays describe the critical role the Force has played in the development of western Canada, and continues to play in addressing contemporary crime issues. A unique mix of educational institution, museum and tourist attraction, the RCMP Heritage Centre engages visitors in this fascinating Canadian story.
The RCMP Heritage Centre is located on the historic grounds of the RCMP Academy, Depot Division, at 5907 Dewdney Avenue in Regina. It’s open year-round and admission is charged. For more information call 1-866-567-7267 or visit the website.
Visitors to the RCMP grounds will not want to miss the regularly scheduled Sergeant Major's Parade or the seasonal Sunset Retreat Ceremonies, which occur Tuesday evenings from July 1 – August 17. For more information contact Depot Division at 306-780-5900.