Province/Territory: Alberta

Be a Mountie’s Horse Groomer

  • 01 pith helmet and Mountie uniform to try on
  • 40-year legacy of the NWMP Musical Ride
  • 04 daily performances
Slip on the dashing scarlet red and gold trimmed Mounted Patrol uniform, don your pith helmet, and become a Mountie's horse groomer for a day.  You get to skip the daily drills and exhausting training. Just enjoy a VIP experience. You'll meet up with a Mounted Patrol escort, groom and prepare a horse, inspect the troops, and take part in a centuries-old NWMP tradition. The NWMP, later known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), was set up in 1873 to bring order to Canada’s rugged frontier. To allow the troops to unwind, the NWMP Musical Ride was created, a colourful display of cavalry drills choreographed to music. Here's your chance to carry on the NWMP legend, if only for one memorable day.  
Why you should visit
  • Groom and prepare a horse for the Musical Ride, accompanied by your very own Mounted Patrol escort.
  • Find out how the Mounted Patrol put the maple leaf on their horses’ hindquarters.
  • Smile for the camera, dressed in the famous scarlet Mounted Patrol uniform.
  • As part of your honorary duties, inspect the troops and even get a VIP seat and special escort during the Musical Ride program.
  • Receive a special surprise at the end of the program from members of the Fort’s Mounted Patrol.
  • As a “Mountie’s Horse Groomer” you get free access to the Fort Museum and Interpretation Centre.

Weather

  • Summers in Alberta, from mid-June to early September, are comfortably hot and sunny with little humidity. Fall arrives with gorgeous colours and frost on the ground by September. Expect snow to arrive by early November, when the dry and cold Winter months bring plenty of opportunities for skiing, skating, snowmobiling, and ice fishing, lasting until late March. Spring in April and May is terrific for hiking and camping.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.
Visitor information
  • Hours & Admissions.
  • The Fort is open every day from late May through early September, and Wednesday to Sunday from September to mid-October.
  • Groom a Horse Program runs from July 1st to the end of August.
  • Book your Groom a Horse Program online.
  • Just a 15 minute drive from Fort McLeod, visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, one of the best preserved buffalo jump sites in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site tells the story of 6,000 years Great Plains history.
  • Waterton Lakes National Park is one of North America's most beautiful parks, less than a two-hour drive from Fort McLeod.
  • And don't forget the many popular Alberta summer festivals such as the Calgary Stampede in July.
When to go

The Groom a Horse Program runs from July 1st to the end of August--a perfect time to explore southern Alberta's natural and cultural heritage.

Need to know
  • Plan on spending at least two hours enjoying the Groom a Horse Program the 30-45 minute NWMP Musical Ride.
  • Book your Groom a horse Program online.
  • Program experience available for ages 5 and up.
  • Participants must wear tough, closed-toe shoes.
Getting Here

Drive two hours south of Calgary to reach the Fort Museum of the Northwest Mounted Police and First Nations Interpretation Centre, in Fort Macleod. Makes for a great stop as part of a road trip.