Starting Canada Day, July 1, the RCMP Academy is pleased to announce that Sunset Ceremonies are back for summer 2022.
Staff and cadets of the RCMP Academy have been preparing and are looking forward to celebrating Canada Day with the community and welcoming guests back to Depot. This year will be the first time the Sunset Ceremonies have been held in person since 2019.
Ceremonies include a foot-drill display performed by cadets wearing scarlet tunics, historic rifle and cannon firings and the ceremonial lowering of the Canadian flag at sunset. There are also special guests lined up to highlight different policing units and celebrate culture in our community. Depot's mascot Safety Bear will also be in attendance!
This summer, the Sunset Ceremonies take place on July 1, 12, 19, 26, and August 2 and 9 at the RCMP Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. All Sunset Ceremonies are free of charge.
Access to Depot is available via the RCMP Heritage Centre entrance at 5907 Dewdney Avenue. Gates will open at 6:00 PM. Ceremonies start promptly at 6:45 PM on the Parade Square and last approximately one hour.
To enjoy the full experience there are few things guests need to know:
The RCMP Academy is an active training site and a secure facility. Access is controlled. Personal items may be searched on entry.
This event includes live cannon and rifle fire. We recommend guests bring hearing protection, especially for young children.
Please do not bring your pets. Service dogs are welcome.
Please bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Seating is not provided.
"Hosting Sunset Ceremonies is welcomed by not only our staff, but cadets too who have missed out on these events during the pandemic. We have missed having guests on base and look forward to connecting with our home community of Regina and out of town visitors," says Sergeant Major Michael McGinley, Sergeant Major of Depot Division.
"The Sunset Ceremonies have been a tradition here at Depot since 1962. One that honours our past with a look to the future. They are an all around great way to come together and experience summer in Saskatchewan," says Sergeant Major Michael McGinley, Sergeant Major of Depot Division.
Invitation to the media
Members of the media are invited to attend the Sunset Ceremonies.
For Canada Day, members of the media should arrive at the RCMP Academy at 6:15 PM Please park at the RCMP Heritage Centre (5907 Dewdney Avenue) and proceed south, on foot, on Bonner Drive to the Fort Dufferin Guard Room to receive a visitor's pass and meet with your escort. All visitors are required to leave a piece of government-issued identification in order to receive a visitor's pass. Visitors must be accompanied at all times while at the RCMP Academy.
If you cannot attend the July 1, 2022, but would like to attend a future Sunset Ceremony, please contact Depot Division Media Relations at 639-625-3933 to arrange for an escort.