During the last week of June (Monday through Friday), one can get a chance to see the famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride for free. This takes place at the RCMP stables located at the Canadian Police College and runs from 7:30 - 9:00. Bring your own blanket or chairs.
Get there early if you can, as the event is very popular. Parking is generally on the street and there is bus service to the area too.
Seating on the west side is best on a sunny day, if you want a good view. We arrived at just after 7:00 and the place was quite packed.
'The Musical Ride was developed from a desire by early members of the North-West Mounted Police to display their riding ability and entertain both themselves and the local community.
Today, in keeping with tradition, the Musical Ride is performed by a full troop of thirty-two riders and horses, plus the member in charge.'
The RCMP invites visitors to tour the stables and the Musical Ride Centre year-round.
An early start on a Sunday morning we drove through the beautiful Ottawa parklands to the RCMP stables to tour the stables and museum. Arriving at 9am we were informed there would not be a performance today but were offered a guided tour through the museum and stables.
The tour was most informative and we were taken through most areas including the internal training hall, the stables with the full compliment of horses, the museum and of course the visitors souvenir shop.
All in all it was a good few hours , however it would have been much better if a performance was scheduled for the day.
If you have a little bit more time and want to see something Canada is truly famous for, go to the RCMP stables. They have 'open doors' days every now and then, which is usually free, even though people are encouraged to bring a donation.
You'll get to see the famous Royal Canadian Mounties and their pretty little horses. There are guided tours through the stables and picture opportunities. If you are really lucky you'll also be able to see the musical ride.
The Musical Ride, a world-renowned military pageant performed with 32 horses and riders. The RCMP invites visitors to tour the stables and Visitors' Centre year-round. There is a possibility during a visit of seeing the Musical Ride horses and riders practice when they are not away on tour. I got to go in the stables and see all the horses that they use for practice and training. But, no riding to watch the day I was there :(
This is your chance to see Mounties, in uniform, up close. The performance I saw included bomb sniffing dogs and robots, and horse riding stunts, as well as the musical ride (sort of like synchronized swimming on horses). I even got my picture taken with a Mountie after the show.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
In summer there are given tours of the stables. If you like horses like me, it is a good idea to go there.
There is also a small museum.