It was the Cypress Hills Massacre, where at least twenty natives and one trader died, that lead the Canadian government to accelerate the deployment of the NWMP in the west. Fort Walsh became a key part of preventing further conflict and from 1878 to 1882 it was a NWMP headquarters. Although dismantled in 1883, the site was eventually designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1924. It was later reconstructed in the 1940s and was used to breed horses for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their iconic Musical Ride.
Today, this remote site is a beautiful spot to learn about the North-West Mounted Police and their impact on the region. From touring the fort buildings and trading posts to watching a live cannon firing demonstration and taking in the scenic views of the surrounding Cypress Hills, Fort Walsh (near Maple Creek, Saskatchewan) is a fascinating place to experience and explore.