December 22, 2021
RCMP Heritage Centre extends annual winter shutdown until end of March 2022
The RCMP Heritage Centre is extending its annual winter shutdown to take advantage of a normally quieter time of year combined with the potential for another COVID-19 slowdown to work on maintenance, cleaning, and restructuring.
The Centre normally shuts down to the public every winter for the month of January while all exhibits managed by the RCMP Historical Collections Unit (HCU) are carefully cleaned and/or updated. With this sixty-day extension to its annual shutdown, the RCMP Heritage Centre will be closed to the public from December 24, 2021, until the end of March 2022.
“We made the decision to extend our temporary closure because it presents an opportunity for necessary work to be done. We look forward to reopening the Centre soon and providing some wonderful experiences for youth, families and tourists,” RCMP Heritage Centre CEO Tara Robinson said.
Robinson noted the first quarter of the year is historically the slowest time for the Centre in terms of visitors.
While the centre will be temporarily closed to the public, all current event bookings will continue as planned. The Centre will continue to take event bookings, but only for dates in April 2022 and beyond.
Additionally, the Centre’s online shop (www.rcmphc.com/shop) will continue to operate with curb-side pick-up available Tuesday to Friday from noon to 5 PM.
During this time, the Centre will continue to remain accessible to RCMP Academy, Depot Division and neighbouring RCMP F Division.
The Centre will announce its official re-opening date in March 2022.
For more information:
Tara Robinson, CEO
RCMP Heritage Centre
About the RCMP Heritage Centre
The RCMP Heritage Centre is dedicated to sharing the story of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada’s national police force. Known informally as the “Mounties”, the Force is recognized the world over for its iconic dress uniform featuring the red serge tunic, Stetson hat, and high brown boots.
Guests of the RCMP Heritage Centre can experience both the historical and modern-day stories of the RCMP through a variety of traditional and state-of-the-art exhibits, a virtual and augmented reality experiences, and live events. The Centre is located on the doorstep of RCMP Academy, “Depot” Division, where Mounties have trained since 1885. The Centre is operated by a non-profit organization. While it is not owned by the RCMP, it is supported by the RCMP’s Historical Collections Unit.
The RCMP Heritage Centre is located on Treaty 4 lands. Treaty 4 is home to the Cree, Ojibwe, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota peoples, in addition to being the homeland of the Métis Nation.