The RCMP Musical Ride is a performance by Royal Canadian Mounted Police on horseback. In 2018 they had shows in Abbotsford, Richmond, Burnaby and Langley.
The troupe of riders is scheduled to be in Alberta and Quebec in 2019, in Saskatchewan and the Atlantic provinces in 2020, and in Manitoba and Southern Ontario in 2021. Consequently, it’s unlikely they will be back in BC until 2022 at the earliest.
The article below was written in 2018 and was about their tour in the Lower Mainland for that year.
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Lower Mainland RCMP Musical Ride Shows
The RCMP Musical Ride is a fabulous event with eight shows in the Lower Mainland in 2018. If you like horses, want photos of Mounties in their red uniforms and are looking for affordable family-friendly entertainment, then these are shows you won’t want to miss!
About the RCMP Musical Ride
Every year the RCMP Musical Ride and its troop of 32 scarlet-uniformed officers entertain audiences in four dozen or so cities across the country.
Shows involve the Mounties riding in formation around a ring, weaving in and out between one another, and doing intricate riding-coordination tricks. They don’t jump through hoops, stand on their horses or do wild acrobatics; rather, they ride around in majestic and very well-timed formation. It’s impressive.
There is usually pre-show entertainment at the events too including a K9 police dog demonstration and some kind of humorous family-friendly act. Also, audience members are normally permitted to go in the ring to meet the horses and riders after each show.
2018 Performance Details
Below are performance dates and details for shows in Abbotsford, Richmond, Burnaby and Langley in 2018.
- August 3, 4 & 5, 2018 – at the Abbotsford Agrifair in Abbotsford
- August 14, 2018 – at Twin Oaks Farm in Richmond
- August 15, 2018 – at Swanguard Stadium in Burnaby
- August 31 & September 1, 2018 – at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley
Abbotsford Agrifair (Abbotsford)
The Abbotsford Agrifair is a country fair that takes place at Abbotsford Exhibition Park at 32470 Haida Drive on the BC Day Long Weekend. In 2018 it takes place on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of August 3rd to 5th.
The event features farm animal displays, amusement rides, live music, logger shows, motocross stunts and a demolition derby. On all three days of the Agrifair there are also RCMP Musical Ride shows.
Admission to the Abbotsford Agrifair is $12 for folk ages 11+ and $10 for seniors and students. Children 10 and under are free and passes valid all weekend cost $18. Access to all the shows, including the RCMP Musical Rides, is free with admission (which makes it a great deal).
RCMP Musical Ride performances in Abbotsford take place in the Abbotsford Thunder Bowl at the following times:
- Friday August 3rd – at 3:00 pm
- Saturday August 4th – at 12:30 and 4:30 pm
- Sunday August 5th – at 3:00 pm
Click Abbotsford Agrifair for more information about the fair.
Twin Oaks Farm (Richmond)
The RCMP Musical Ride performs at Twin Oaks Farm in Richmond at 13671 No 3 Road on Tuesday, August 14th. General admission is $10 and children ages 5 and under are free.
At the event the gates open at 5:30 pm, there is a pre-show at 6:30 and the RCMP Musical Ride starts at 7:45.
Click Twin Oaks Farm Performance for tickets.
Swangard Stadium (Burnaby)
Burnaby‘s Swangard Stadium is the next Metro Vancouver stop for the RCMP Musical Ride in 2018. The venue is located at 3883 Imperial Street near the corner of Boundary Road and Kingsway.
The Burnaby show takes place on Wednesday, August 15th, from 5:00 until 9:00 pm.
The gates open at 5 o’clock and there are displays and roving entertainers for the first couple of hours. Pre-show entertainment starts at 7:00 pm, the grand finale is at 8:00 and audience members can meet the officers and touch the horses when the show finishes at around 8:30.
Admission to the Burnaby event is $10 per person but free for kids under 6 years of age.
Click Burnaby RCMP Musical Ride for tickets and further information.
Thunderbird Show Park (Langley)
The final Metro Vancouver venue for the RCMP Musical Ride in 2018 is Langley’s Thunderbird Show Park at 24550 72nd Avenue on August 31st and September 1st.
The Friday performance is at 7 o’clock in the evening and the Saturday show is at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Gates open two hours before each show.
Tickets in Langley cost $15, children under age 5 are free, and parking is included in the cost of admission.
Click RCMP Ride at Thunderbird Show Park for tickets and more information.
Musical Ride Video
Below is another video featuring the RCMP Musical Ride when it appeared at the Abbotsford Agrifair in 2018.
Tips & Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your RCMP Musical Ride experience.
TIP #1: If you don’t have a preference between the four locations, and you want to make a day out of your trip, then take in the show at the Abbotsford Agrifair. The RCMP Musical Ride is included in the cost of admission and there is a ton of other fun things to see and do there too!
TIP #2: If you can, try sitting close to the edge of the ring. It’s pretty amazing watching the horses ride close by.
TIP #3: For outdoor venues, unless you can find a spot with shade, don’t forget your hat and sunscreen. A re-usable water bottle can be a good idea too (recognizing that at most venues outside food and beverages are not permitted).
TIP #4: Don’t forget your camera. That being said, professional cameras (i.e., with detachable lenses) are generally not permitted.
TIP #5: Members of the audience are usually invited down into the ring at the end of the show for photos and to meet the RCMP riders and their horses. The ring gets pretty crowded with people, as might be expected. If you’re with young children, hold onto them tight and have a pre-arranged meeting spot in case you get separated.
For more information about the show see the RCMP Musical Ride website.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Abbotsford Agrifair
- Vancouver’s August Events Calendar
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events
- Vancouver Shows & Events
- Vancouver Summer Activities
- Vancouver Places for Children