A visit to the RCMP Rockcliffe Stables brings you up close to the famous red-coated Canadian Mounties and their graceful ... More
RCMP Musical Ride Centre
A visit to the RCMP Rockcliffe Stables brings you up close to the famous red-coated Canadian Mounties and their graceful four-legged mounts. After meeting the horses, you can visit the farrier station and walk through the tack room. The riding school provides a closer look at the challenging choreography the Mounties must master. You can also see the stately carriages that are used in royal escorts when the Queen visits Canada. The Musical Ride is a sight to behold, featuring choreographed demonstrations to music complete with lances and pennons.
I saw the Musical Ride here in California, so I didn't go to see that. The stables and the practice arenas are fascinating. These horses get all sorts of special training to be able to handle the rigors of the show. You can see where they make the leather tack gear for them, and you can see the equipment that they use. One thing I found especially interesting--the stables have manhole covers in them so that the horses aren't spooked by them. Highly recommended!
The parking was not great. We went to the sunset ceremony. Get there early for a good parking spot, bring your lawn chair and get a good spot. We arrived about a half hour befor the show and ended up with the sun in our eyes, but it was still really good. There were people of all ages and everyone enjoyed it. Next year we are going back and getting there early for a good spot. It is on the July 1st weekend. The price is right, it was free!I have lived in Ottawa area for almost 20 years and this was my first time seeing the musical ride.I don't know why I waited so long.
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