The Musical Ride developed from a desire by early members to amuse themselves, display their riding ability and entertain the local community. As most of the original North-West Mounted Police members had a British military background, it was inevitable that the series of figures which form the basis of the Musical Ride were developed from traditional cavalry drill movements. Since recruit equitation was discontinued in 1966, the horse, the scarlet tunic and the lance of the Ride are among the last links with the Force's early history.
Choose from these Attractions:
Experience The Mounties of the Musical Ride at the Musical Ride Centre, RCMP Rockcliffe Stables, Ottawa. Come and visit with the Mounties. Experience a living tribute to Canadian heritage and history.
Meet the majestic horses and be charmed by their beauty and friendly temperaments.
Tour the stables where the training begins.
Stop by the Riding School challenging and mesmerizing choreography.
Visit the Farrier Station an age old tradition.
Walk through the Tack Room attention to detail.
See the stately carriages used in royal escorts of Her Majesty the Queen.
Browse through the Musical Ride Boutique offering a variety of unique, quality Mountie collectables. Take home a keepsake of this proud Canadian Heritage.
Hours of operation
The RCMP Musical Ride travels extensively between May and October. However visitors to the stables are always welcome, as there is plenty to experience even when the Musical Ride is not at home.
Visitors Center Hours In October are - Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm.
Stable Tours In October are - Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 2pm.
Tours go every Half Hour, last one leaves at 1:30pm. For groups of 20 or more, please call 613-998-8199.
The Mountie Shop Hours In October are - Monday To Friday 10am to 2pm.
For general information call: (613) 993-3751 and for group tours call: (613) 998-0754.