This site displays examples of historic uniform and kit that were worn by Members of the North West Mounted Police (NWMP),
the Royal North West Mounted Police (RNWMP) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
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UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Gendarmerie royale du Canada
Riding breeches are worn
with the Review Order
uniform and the high brown
Since breeches were necessary for members when riding, from the early years of the RCMP this part of the uniform played a
key role. Yellow striping on pants had been in use since 1876 although a scarlet stripe had been briefly considered. Yellow is
the standard military colour used by mounted troops.
Originally, riding breeches were quite snug to the leg, but in 1900, a fuller leg was authorized. A new style of breeches were
adopted in 1913, which styled a large peg. As time passed, members were becoming confused on the proper fit of this
garment, and officials were noticing that many members’ breeches did not look proper. In 1933, The Force developed a “fit
chart”, and all ranks were instructed to conform to these guidelines.
In 1956, the Force provided all members with one pair of summer weight, and one pair of winter weight breeches, instead of
two heavyweight pairs. By 1959, the lightweights were discontinued. A handcuff pocket was added in August 1960.
Left, officer's trousers; right a Member on patrol wearing standard duty banana pants.
Below left, some female members trousers and a pair of issue gym shorts; below right, a pair of riding breeches with laced closures at the shin.
Strathcona High Brown boots, worn with
Review Order, scarlet serge uniform.
RCMP issue, black wool knee
socks (left) for wear with the
High Brown boots.
RCMP issue, black
Oxfords, (left) made
by Hartt Canada
RCMP issue, officer's
brown shoes (above)
made by Biltrite
Officer's Congress boots,
worn with mess dress, and
Breeches with buttons to secure suspenders.
Pair of riding breeches with
eyelets on the calves to secure
the material inside the boot.
Northern detachment Cold weather Mukluks
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