What's more Canadian than Mounties on horseback?
 
For Canada's 150th birthday, members of the RCMP re-enacted the March West, the historic cross-country journey which first brought the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) to western Canada.
 
It started in Josephburg at 9:00 a.m. Friday morning and rode to the Fort Heritage Precinct.
 
The ride consisted of a dozen Mounties on horseback accompanied by three wagons. The Mounties wore different traditional uniforms to showcase the evolution of the force.
 
"We thought if we could incorporate the evolution of the RCMP over the 150 years, since this weekend will be a very big celebration, we felt it would be very fitting for the public to see," explained RCMP Sergeant Jack Poitras.
 
In late 1873, a troop of 300 men marched from Dufferin, Manitoba to Fort Whoop-Up, now known as Lethbridge. The force would protect Canadian sovereignty and inhabitants from whisky traders who preyed on vulnerable communities. 
 
Fort Saskatchewan has strong ties to the RCMP dating back to the 1870s. In 1875, the NWMP fort (eventually renamed Fort Saskatchewan a year later) was built as a permanent post. The current Fort Saskatchewan is located a few kilometres north of the original location.
 
The public was able to visit with all the members of the RCMP as well as the horses at the end of the event.

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