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Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Show starts at 6:45 pm.

All bags will be searched on arrival.

July: 1, 4, 11, 18, 25

Aug.: 1, 8

Welcome to the Sunset-Retreat Ceremony!

Doors open at 5:30 pm. Show starts at 6:45 pm. All bags will be searched on arrival.

Be sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets as seating is not provided.

Parking is available at the RCMP Heritage Centre, 5907 Dewdney Avenue.

A Colourful Event

The RCMP Academy, "Depot" Division, is pleased to present the Sunset-Retreat Ceremony. This colourful event lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes military music, the lowering of the Canadian flag, the March Past, and a troop drill display performed by cadets dressed in the famous scarlet tunic.

You are also invited to meet our riders, horses and Safety Bear following the ceremony.

The Sunset-Retreat Ceremony is performed for the public on July 1 and every Tuesday until mid-August. The events start at 6:45 pm. and visitors are encouraged to arrive by 6:30 pm. Parking is available at the RCMP Heritage Centre at 5907 Dewdney Avenue. Cadets in period costumes will direct guests from the parking lot to the best viewing areas.

In case of rain, the event will be cancelled and an announcement will be made on local radio stations.

A Military Tradition

This ceremony is an old military tradition dating back to the 17th century and is referred to as a “military tattoo”. The term “tattoo”, derived from an old Dutch phrase meaning “turn off the taps”, comes to us from a time when a soldier’s life was strictly controlled by his regiment. The daily routine of a military post was signaled by the beat of a drum. At sunset, a lone drummer was sent into the streets of town to beat out a tattoo. It was the signal for the tavern owners to close down for the night and for military personnel to return to their post. When the latter were back at the post, the flag was lowered in a ceremony marking the end of another day.

For more information, please contact Communications and Events Management Services at 639-625-3201 or email