Fort Macleod ~ North West Mounted Police and First Nations Interpretive Center

August 3rd ~ Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada

The Fort

Fort Macleod is one of those rough and tumble kind of towns where you want to drive slowly down one street after another just to admire the old architecture and get the flavor of an era long gone. 

Empress Theater

Hard Wood Lumber and Wagon Works

Corner of Main Street

American Hotel and wall mural

We were not sure how to interpret this street sign. Were we supposed to drive 75% of that speed limit, or drive the speed limit 75% of the time? Or perhaps the speed limit only applies to 75% of the people?

This sign confused us…

Speaking of speed limits. I had to make a little chart converting kilometers per hour to miles per hour. Our little Subaru has both indicated on the speedometer dial, but Ellie Mae has only MPH. So far, so good, but if one does not pay attention, it would be easy to forget and get caught speeding.

Our primary sightseeing event for the day was a visit to The Fort. Since I am so far behind on my blogging, I am going to primarily post picture from the day and not go into much of the history.

This is a museum of sorts inside a fort that honors the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as well as an interpretive center for First Nations People. They also have an optional “Musical Ride” where you pay an additional $5 to see 7 or 8 of the Mounted Police up close and then ride in different configurations to a musical score.

I enjoyed seeing the riders up close and learning that each horse has a maple leaf emblem shaved on its rump, but otherwise I felt it was rather amateurish (sorry).

RCMP entering the fort courtyard

Maple leaf on horses rump

The museum itself was divided into sections. The story of the history of how the RCMP came to be and some significant dates was in the first building.

A bit of history

How the town was named after Colonel James Macleod

Reconstruction of living quarters for the soldiers

The next building had pictures as well as artifacts of the local First Nations People.

What an incredible runner he must have been!

What colorful and descriptive names these guys had.

 

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A long room was devoted to beaded clothing and other memorabilia.

 

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There was a traveling exhibit that was just being introduced here that talked about the internment camps in Canada during World War I. This was so similar to what the USA did in WWII with our Japanese American citizens.

Introduction to the exhibit

The chapel building was simple

 

But by far my favorite was the dispensary. The rules for nurses was hilarious, and I can just imagine how my nursing friends would react to these today 🙂

Rules for nurses

Sterilizer, Drum X-ray, and Incubator

Dental chair

X-Ray machine

Wheelchair and artificial leg

Tim up in the corner look-out tower

Sod roof on Kanouse House

Supplies

Loved the hotel rules!! Hilarious!

Friendly little guy/gal was trying to get me to buy some pellets

Time for a light and delicious meal at The Orange before heading out-of-town.

And just when we thought we had seen it all…

An engine in the middle of the truck bed?

From across the street

As we were about to leave, the owner, designer, craftsman who created this ride appeared. He says it will do 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds, and then after letting me snap his picture, he proceeded to prove his point – right there on Main Street.

The creative genius responsible for this truck

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that we were able to take the time to simple wander around in this small town. It has a charm and flair all its own. A little bit historical, local pride in the RCMP, a time warp, and local characters. The word whimsical comes to mind. I liked it!

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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15 Responses to Fort Macleod ~ North West Mounted Police and First Nations Interpretive Center

  1. LOL! Yes the 75% sign would be confusing. It is a note to truck drivers that due to road conditions they can only carry 75% of what would considered a full load. (Maximum weights are standardized by type of highway.) It is very common in spring around here where the frost is coming our of the ground and heavy truck traffic can make huge ruts and damage the underlying roadbed as the frost heaves. Usually it says 90% and the sign would be down by now.

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  2. Widdershins says:

    You ought’a see the RCMP display when there’s 50 or more … truly boggles the mind. 😀 … loved the truck.

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  3. DeniseBalog says:

    Excellent post!! The pictures starting out, reminded me of a Christmas train display:) The town is charming and the gentleman driving the truck, well I don’t know which was better!! Love the whole read!! Thank you for sharing:)

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  4. Anabel Marsh says:

    What a charming place! I’d have liked it too. We saw the internment exhibition at the Cave and Basin in Banff last month, very sad.

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  5. joylennick says:

    Thanks for sending folks. Fascinating old town. Glad dentistry in particular has moved on…Happy snapping.

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  6. Sapna says:

    Looks like an interesting and peaceful place.

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  7. tippysmom2 says:

    Sounds like you had a lovely day visiting this historic town. I must admit, I was surprised that the owner of the truck was a little old man and not a young whipper snapper. The speed limit sign is confusing – thanks to tumbleweedstumbling for explaining what it meant. I love old buildings, so I would love to go here.

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