RCMP Heritage Centre Begins Work
by
EB Lapointe

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has announced an addition to the museum at its official site in Regina, as Saskatchewan celebrates its centennial.

Located on the grounds of the RCMP Academy in Regina, this $29 million facility will establish a permanent historic and tourism legacy of the province's centennial, and will benefit future generations of Canadians.

The RCMP Heritage Centre is designed to be a unique, world-class historical and tourism interpretive centre. It will serve as a Canadian and international tourism destination, teaching visitors about the RCMP's history and role in policing.

"The RCMP has always taken great pride in its history and traditions," said RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli. "The Heritage Centre will provide an exciting opportunity for us to showcase that pride and tell the RCMP story, from our early beginnings, to our role today and our vision for the future."

Situated at the Dewdney Avenue entrance to the RCMP Academy, the building will be 68,000 square feet consisting of two floors, and will include a multi-media theatre exploring the RCMP's heritage and current operations. The rest of the building will house space for storage, programs and visitors, and administration.

They anticipate up to 45,000 visitors over the first three years. It is to be opened in 2007.

The RCMP Heritage Centre is located at <http://www.rcmpheritagecentre.com>.

09 December, 2005



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