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May 5, 2010
RCMP musical ride performance at Fort York May 17
Fort York National Historic Site is proud to announce that it will host one of Canada's most recognized icons, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), as they perform their popular Musical Ride at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 17.

A troop of 32 horses and riders will demonstrate a variety of intricate figures and cavalry drills choreographed to music. This event is free and is for all ages.

The RCMP Musical Ride is 30 minutes in length. Because of the popularity of the ride, visitors should try to arrive early.

The Musical Ride is a part of Canada’s heritage and national identity, with an important historic link to Fort York and Toronto’s military heritage. In 1873, some of the first recruits of the RCMP’s antecedent - the North West Mounted Police - assembled and trained at the nearby New Fort/Stanley Barracks (Fort York’s replacement) before heading to Canada’s west.

The Mountie Store will be at Fort York courtesy of the RCMP Veterans Association. RCMP souvenirs and retail items will be available for sale in addition to Fort York souvenirs.

The RCMP Musical Ride represents a colourful Canadian tradition enjoyed by tens of thousands of spectators every year. For more information visit

Fort York National Historic Site is one of 10 historic sites operated by the City of Toronto. Fort York is located at 100 Garrison Rd. For information call 416-392-6907. To find out more information about events at the City of Toronto's historic museums, visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Kevin Hebib, Program Development Officer, Fort York National Historic Site, 416-392-6907 (ext. 245),
Marc Godue, RCMP Musical Ride Liaison Officer, 613-998-0866,



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