Prescott –Parks Canada is proud to welcome the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride to Prescott. On
July 4th, residents and visitors are invited to come out to see the world-renowned troop of 32 horses and riders
perform at Fort Wellington National Historic Site.
Parks Canada will welcome the Musical Ride back to Fort Wellington for the first time in 14 years, with a full day
of activities for the whole family. Every year, the Musical Ride brings its show to communities across the country
to perform a variety of figures and drills choreographed to music. The show provides the public with an
opportunity to experience the heritage and traditions of the RCMP. Activities are still being planned to
accompany this truly Canadian experience and admission to the event will be free.
The Musical Ride is one of many exciting events planned at the Fort for the 2018 season. As a community
gathering place, Fort Wellington will continue to present the strategic importance of the St. Lawrence River
during and prior to the War of 1812, which includes Indigenous presences, traditions, and culture. Fort
Wellington opens on May 19th with a step back to the War of 1812, as re-enactors will be providing
demonstrations all weekend. On May 26th, visitors can sign up to fire an authentic cannon and take part in an
Artillery Day with active members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Parks Canada encourages visitors to plan their trips and discover new and exciting destinations in 2018 by
consulting Parks Canada’s website, or downloading the Parks Canada Mobile App, for a list of hidden gems.
• Located in Prescott, Ontario, Fort Wellington was built to protect the St. Lawrence River transportation
route during periods of Canadian military conflict beginning with the War of 1812, through the Rebellions
of 1837 up until Canadian Confederation in 1867.
• The Musical Ride was developed in 1876 by early members of the North-West Mounted Police to display
their riding abilities and entertain local communities.
• The first recorded public display of the Musical Ride was in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1901.