Editor's Note: This property has closed and the collection was moved to the RCMP Heritage Centre.
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July 16, 2002
When you arrive at the academy grounds you will be stopped by an RCMP officer. Just let him know that you are headed to the museum and he'll give you directions to get to the museum. Just follow the yellow lines! As you drive you will see the academy and some of the houses they use for training.
There is ample parking as this is a major tourist site. Follow the signs to the museum. You can go directly into the museum from the lobby. The first thing you will see is a massive buffalo head! This is a great spot for the photographers! All of the signage is in English and French as the RCMP is a bilingual institution.
The museum chronicles the history of the RCMP so you will see a lot of old uniforms, guns, documents, and photos. The greatest number of artifacts deals with the Riel Rebellion at Batoche and relations with the First Nations peoples of the prairies. You can spend a lot of time looking at everything and learn a lot in the process.
Something fun for the kids is the jail. Maybe they'll put their parents in it, maybe their brother or sister. It is an old style log jail - not very comfortable I suppose. But another great opportunity for a picture!
You can even watch films in the small theatre just as you are about to exit the museum. Hollywood's idea of the Mounties is very strange indeed. There is a movie about the Mounties in Saskatchewan but the poster features mountains. What's the problem? We have no mountains here!
The gift shop is worth a look. There are a lot of good books on the RCMP and its history. You can pick up any number of things from the expensive to the affordable. There are t-shirts, pens, magnets, ties ... you name it, they've got it.
There are guided tours of the Training Academy and Chapel daily at 1:30pm Monday-Friday except on Statutory Holidays. On this tour you can see where recruits from all across Canada train and where they graduate. You might even be able to see some participate in martial arts exercises. No tour is complete without a visit to the historic Chapel. It is very dark inside with a sombre mood as many of the adornments commemorate officers killed in the line of duty.
Museum hours in the summer (from the Saturday of Victoria Day weekend to Monday of Labour Day weekend in September) are 8am-6:45pm daily. Winter hours are 10am-4:45pm daily including weekends. Admission is free.
To get there drive down Dewdney west. You can also take bus #8 - RCMP. For more information please visit the RCMP Museum Website.
From journal Regina - The Queen City
December 1, 2000
From journal Notes from a Road Trip: The Trans-Canada Highway