Today a drive down Hwy 3 brought us to the town of Fort Macleod east of Lethbridge and our campground for the next 5 nights, Daisy May. After not having satellite and on site Wi-Fi at our last spot, we welcome this access here. The campground sits by the Oldman River and near the site of the NWMP post Fort Macleod. The town features many historic buildings, which we will explore during our stay.
|Daisy May Campground Site 18|
After getting settled we drove to the Fort Macleod Museum and reconstructed model of the original post that was not on this site.The fort was having the annual quilt raffle with many quilt displays.
|Model or 1st Fort|
|Interior View Today|
|John in Front of Blockhouse|
|View From Blockhouse|
Also featured was a re-enactment of a the NWMP Patrol Musical Ride performed by young volunteers from the community. We later learned after the fact that in Lethbridge today was the real performance by the RCMP. So sorry to have missed it. The first riding demonstration took place in Fort Macleod in 1876. At the museum, they perform 4 shows daily during July and August. Note the maple leaf insignia on either side of the tail.
|Note Maple Leafs on Rear|
|Having a Conversation|
The NWMP was created in 1873 to bring order to the Canadian West. In 1874 they began their trek west departing from Dufferin Manitoba with 300 officers and men building their first post on an island on the Oldman River near the present town of Fort Macleod named after Colonel James F Macleod who led them here. The fort remained in use for 10 years before being moved to higher ground in 1884 due to flooding.The post was closed in 1922 and only a few buildings remain.
|Model of 2nd Fort NWMP 1884 Barracks|
The Museum showcases the history of the NWMP,southern Alberta's history, artifacts,history of the local First Nations, trade, commerce and the story of Treaty 7. Treaty 7 was an agreement between Queen Victoria and several Blackfoot First Nations tribes concluded in 1877. This was one of 11 treaties signed between 1871 and 1921.
|Story of Red River Carts|
|NWMP & Fur Trader|
|Map Showing First Nations|
|First Nations Dress|