The Northwest Mounted Police, now known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, established Fort Macleod as their first western outpost in the year 1874. Their mission was to rid the west of whiskey traders and establish peace in the area.
Fort Macleod is Alberta's oldest settlement and has been declared the province's first historic area with many buildings dating from the 1890's.
The Macleod Museum at 25th Street and 3rd Avenue is a replica of the original Fort. You will find exhibits of the early Mounted Police along with those of the pioneer settlers and Southern Alberta Indians.
In July and August you can take in the Mounted Patrol Musical Rides, which feature eight people on horseback. They are dressed in replicas of the 1878 RCMP uniforms, and perform precision movements to music.