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Friday, August 1, 2014

RCMP Heritage Center & Depot,Capital and Lost Mountain House

31 July 2014

A must visit if in Regina is the RCMP Heritage Centre located on the grounds of the RCMP training Depot where all the cadets in Canada are trained. For over 130 years, over 50,000 RCMP have taken their training here starting with the North West MP. In 1974, the RMCP welcomed the first group of female recruits to the "Depot".
Welcome Sign to Depot and Museum

The Heritage Center established by private funding was opened in 2007 and tells the story of the history of the RCMP & NWMP through 6 exhibits. Starting with the creation of the force, maintaing law and order in the territory, protecting the North,serving all of Canada, preserving the tradition and forensics of cracking the case.

Views of Heritage Centre

Exhibits of Transportation Over the Years

Mounted Patrol

Dog Sled & Snowmobile

Sno-cat,Motorcycle & 1957 Patrol Car

Cadet's Dorm Rom

Winter Wear

First Nations Exhibit

Metis Frontiersman

Pledge of the RCMP

Women's Exhibit

RCMP's Station Coverage

Red River Carts

Isn't he Handsome?
Next Best Thing to the Real Thing

After Rupert's Land was transferred from the HBC to Canada, the NWMP was formed in 1873 to establish friendly relations with the First Nations and pave the way for settlers in a peaceful manner. It was also their job to help homesteaders locate their land,distribute seed grain, deliver mail and act as judges and magistrates. During the 20th century the RCMP developed from a frontier force to modern day police force. They have served at home and  overseas during times of war and conflict.

The equestrian tradition remains alive today in the "Musical Ride" by the world famous black horses who are bred and trained at Pakenham Farms near Ottawa. They are the most beautiful horses I have ever seen.Their coat is like black satin. Couldn't resist petting one. There are some interesting facts about the horses.
Petting the Beauties

In Parade

In order to be accepted as a cadet, you must be a Canadian Citizen, of good character,at least 19 years, proficient in English and/or French,HS diploma,meet medical and vision standards,meet physical standards, be prepared to carry a firearm,willing to relocate anywhere in Canada and pledge alliance to Canada. There are over 150 specializations within the force. The cadet training involves a 24 week program receiving $500/wk.

After viewing the Sergeant Major's Parade, we took the tram ride around the Depot.
Walkway by Parade Ground

Marching to Parade

Sergeant Major Parade


Chapel Interior


AB Perry Building


Very interesting day. On the way home stopped by the Capital for some pictures only to find the dome was being repaired.
Saskatchewan Capitol

Lots of Large Flower Pots in City

Capitol Mall-Queen Elizabeth

Crew on Lake Wascona

Lots of Canadian Geese

Paddle Boards and boat on Lake

We then decided since we were only 40 miles from Last Mountain House in Craven to tour that.

Last Mountain House located on lake by same name was constructed in 1869 by the HBC as a winter outpost of Fort qu'Appelle and only operated a short time marking the end of the fur trade in southern Saskatchewan. It has since been rebuilt on the same site and has 3 buildings plus the Ice Cellar used to preserve fish and buffalo meat. Our guide gave us a good tour and history.

Last Mountain House
HBC Dog Sled Routes

Many Uses for Metis Assumption Sashes

Enlisted Quarters

Officers Quarters

Looks Like Fun Board Game of the Day
Fur Store

Ice Cellar

Lake Last Mountain

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