North West Mounted Police barracks restoration work

Along with the Canmore Miners’ Union Hall and the Canmore Hotel, one more of Canmore’s heritage buildings is slated to see some restoration work. This time, it’s the North West Mounted Police barracks. Built in 1893, the barracks are the only NWMP barracks on its original site in Alberta. The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre is planning a modest restoration of the barracks, with plans to fix drainage issues, the chimney and to restore parts of the grounds to its 1920s appearance. The barracks underwent an extensive restoration leading up to its designation as a Provincial Historic Resource in 1990 and now it’s time for some maintenance. One part of this project is the plans to turn the gardens into a heritage garden and grow plants that would have been common in Canmore during the 1920s.

Canmore's North West Mounted Police barracks before it was restored in the early 1990s. ©Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre

Canmore’s North West Mounted Police barracks before it was restored in the early 1990s. ©Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre

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About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.
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