$5.00 Per Student  Before Taxes


From 1893 to 1929, the Barracks served as the local detachment for the Mounted Police and a home for officers. Explore the daily life of Mounted Police officers through activities, stories, and objects.

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From 1893 to 1929, the Barracks served as the local detachment for the Mounted Police, with officers responsible for patrolling from Canmore to Exshaw. What was it like being an officer stationed in Canmore? What was unique about policing in Canmore in its early years? Why did Canmore need police officers posted here? Why was a Barracks necessary and what was it like to live and work in this building? These questions and more are answered in Home Sweet Barracks as the myths and realities of life as an officer of the Mounted Police are explored through stories, activities, objects and photographs.



  • SS 2.1.1 Appreciate the physical and human geography of the communities studied – value oral history and stories as ways to learn about the land; acknowledge, explore and respect historic sites and monuments.
  • SS 2.1.3 Investigate the cultural and linguistic characteristics of an Inuit, an Acadian and a prairie community in Canada by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions for inquiry: What are the cultural characteristics of the communities (e.g., special symbols, landmarks, languages spoken, shared stories or traditions, monuments, schools, churches)?  How are the communities strengthened by their stories, traditions and events of the past?
  • SS 2.2.1 Appreciate how stories of the past connect individuals and communities to the present
  • SS 2.2.6 Analyze how the community being studied emerged, by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions for inquiry:  What are the origins of their community?  What were the reasons for the establishment of their community (e.g., original fur trade fort, original inhabitants)? What individuals or groups contributed to the development of their community?
  • 2.2.7 examine how the community being studied has changed, by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions for inquiry:  In what ways has our community changed over time (e.g., changes in transportation, land use)?  What has caused changes in their community?  How has the population of their community changed over time (e.g., ethnic mix, age, occupations).


  • SS 3.2.1 Develop skills of critical thinking and creative thinking – evaluate ideas and information from different points of view.
  • SS 3.2.2 Develop skills of historical thinking – correctly apply terms related to time, including past, present, future; arrange events, facts and/or ideas in sequence


  • SS 2.1 Appreciate how an understanding of Alberta’s history, peoples and stories contributes to their own sense of belonging and identity – recognize how stories of people and events provide multiple perspectives on past and present events; recognize oral traditions, narratives and stories as valid sources of knowledge about the land, culture and history; demonstrate respect for places and objects of historical significance.


  • SS 2.1 appreciate the complexity of identity in the Canadian context- recognize how an understanding of Canadian history and the stories of its peoples contributes to their sense of identity; acknowledge the contributions made by diverse cultural groups to the evolution of Canada

Location: NWMP Barracks
Length: 60 minutes
Available: April 15 to June 30, September 1 to October 31
Fee: $5.00 per student