The Musical Ride

Shania Twain kicks off the 2015 Musical Ride Tour


Musical Ride Kick off for 2015 - Shania Twain

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[Shania Twain] I am a huge fan of the RCMP Musical Ride. The ride tours Canada, performing at approximately fifty locations a year between the months of May and October. Highly recommend seeing a show!

When the Musical Ride visits a community as part of its tour, it helps raise funds to assist charities and non-profit organizations that make a difference in your community.

The tour schedule is on the RCMP website. Check it out!

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Tentative Schedule

  • 2015: Atlantic Provinces and Saskatchewan
  • 2016: Southern Ontario, North Western Ontario (Thunder Bay west) and Manitoba
  • 2017: North Western Quebec, Northern Ontario and British Columbia
  • 2018: Quebec and Alberta

A spectacle known around the world...

Members of the Musical Ride are first and foremost police officers who, after at least two years of active police work, volunteer for duty with the Musical Ride. Most members are non-riders prior to their equestrian training with the RCMP; however, once they complete the courses of instruction, they not only become riders but ambassadors of goodwill. Working through a unique medium, they promote the RCMP's image throughout Canada and the world. RCMP members only remain with the Musical Ride for three years which ensures an annual rotation of approximately one third (33%) of the riders.

Today, in keeping with tradition, the Musical Ride is performed by a full troop of thirty-two riders and horses, plus the member in charge. The Musical Ride consists of the execution of a variety of intricate figures and cavalry drill choreographed to music. Demanding utmost control, timing and coordination, these movements are formed by individual horses and riders, in two's, four's and eight's at the trot and at the canter. Months of training, practice and many kilometres/miles around the riding school make horse and rider one. The horses must not only appear in the Musical Ride, but on Parliament Hill, in parades, special events and have the ability to travel and adapt to different environments, not to mention, hours of petting and photo-taking that the horses must patiently endure.

World renowned

The RCMP Musical Ride tours throughout Canada, as well as international venues, performing at approximately forty to fifty locations a year between the months of May and October. Thirty-six riders, thirty-six horses, a farrier, a technical production manager and three NCOs travel with the Musical Ride.

Sunset ceremonies

Join us for the Canadian Sunset Ceremonies, June 24-28, 2015!

The Sunset Ceremonies is a time-honoured tradition in Ottawa, featuring the world-famous RCMP Musical Ride and the signature Sunset Ceremony. The theme this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of our national flag.

New for 2015 is the "Sunset pre-show," featuring up-and-coming young Canadian recording artists, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. nightly.

The performance line-up has something for all ages including:

  • Equestrian Abilities Show Mounted Arms Display
  • RCMP/Ottawa Police Service Pipes and Drums and Dancers
  • Central Band of the Canadian Forces
  • Rescue dogs from the Ottawa Valley Search & Rescue Dog Association
  • Kids' Zone that will include the DND kids' obstacle course, petting zoo, face painting and much more.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the show! The RCMP Foundation will be accepting donations on site in support of Canadian youth initiatives in communities across Canada. Please be generous.

Free Admission/Parking/Public Transportation

Free parking directly off the Sir George-Étienne-Cartier Parkway (former the Rockcliffe Parkway) or take OC Transpo Route #7.

Start Times

  • Kids' Zone: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Pre-show: 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Event: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Musical Ride Centre
1 Sandridge Road | RCMP Rockcliffe Stables
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3J2 CANADA

*If show is canceled due to weather, information will be provided by 5 p.m. on our website and social media.

Event dates & locations

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