FAQs

Q?How do you pronounce Macleod?
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Macleod is a Scottish-Gaelic name and is pronounced (mɨˈklaʊd) “Mac-Cloud”.

Q?May I bring my dog to the Fort with me?
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We have a very strict “no animals” policy. For various reasons we do not allow pets of any kind on the premises. Properly  papered and marked service-dogs are an exception.

Q?Is there somewhere nearby we can have lunch?
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The Fort Museum has a picnic area available if you have brought a packed lunch, as well as picnic blankets available for use. If you are looking for restaurants, there are a number on Historic Main Street across the street from the Fort, within a short walking distance. There is a bakery, ice cream shop and restaurants that serve Chinese, Western and Italian cuisine.

Q?What is available for children?
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We have scavenger hunt books available for children. Our staff will usually offer them, but please feel free to request one if it is not offered.

Q?How long is the Musical Ride?
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We suggest that you plan on at least 45 minutes to see the NWMP Musical Ride. Inspection can take 5 to 15 minutes, which is quickly followed by the Ride itself, which usually takes 30 minutes.

Q?Are there any special events at the Fort Museum?
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The Fort holds special events throughout the year. Our first event is Canada Day, followed by the Quilt Show and The NWMP Musical Ride Season Finale in the summer. During the off-season the Fort is closed for regular hours, but opens it’s doors for the Fort of Terrors, and the Santa Claus Parade. Other than Canada Day on July 1st, all dates for special events may vary year to year.

Q?Is the Fort open all year?
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No. The Fort Museum is open the beginning of May to Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. We do however open for special events like our Fort of Terrors in October and the Santa Claus parade in November!

Q?How long does it take to visit the Fort?
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The Museum can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours! Depends on how much you like to read, and how much history interests you. The Musical Ride can take up to 45 minutes (15 minutes for inspection and 30 minutes for the Ride). It would be wise to bank 2-4 hours for your visit if you are interested in seeing the entire museum.

Q?What tours are available?
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The Fort offers guided tours depending on staffing for the day. We require Museum and Main Street tours to be booked well in advance if requested as they require a lot of time and we need to prepare staff.

Q?Can I use my “___” pass for admission to the Fort?
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Because we are non-profit, we unfortunately cannot accept any passes. This includes provincial and national park and site passes.

Q?How close is the Fort from Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump?
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The Fort Museum is a fifteen minute drive south of the Buffalo-Jump.

Q?Are the Riders RCMP officers?
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No. Although we sell official RCMP merchandise in the gift shop, we are not the official RCMP Musical Ride. This being said our riders are not officers. The Fort’s Mounted Patrol consists of riders employed by the Fort Museum, hired for the spring and summer. Most of the riders are students.

Q?When is the Ride cancelled?
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Please take note, that we highly recommend that you phone ahead before your visit. The Ride may be cancelled due to bad weather (such as rain and storms) or arena conditions (flooding). We do update our Ride status daily, but some occasons may occur when we are unable to do so in a timely manner, again we suggest phoning ahead at 403.553.4703.

Q?Is this the original Fort?
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No. The Fort Museum is a recreation of the original fort that was located approximately 2 miles down the Old Man River. The Fort Museum was built in the 1950’s to illustrate what the original Fort may have looked like, minus the block houses which were believed to be added as a “Hollywood effect”.

Q?Where is the Fort located?
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The Fort Museum is nestled in Southern Alberta near the river bottom on Hwy 3 in Fort Macleod.  Just under a two hour drive from the Calgary Int. Airport, and an hour and half from the Couttes US/CAD boarder crossing.  The Fort’s address is 219 Jerry Potts Blvd, Fort Macleod.