The Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890's was a major event in Canada's history. Unruly gold seekers were noted by the Canadian government, and so Ottawa dispatched a team of Royal North-West Mounted Police, led by Sam Steele, to police the Klondike.
In 1920 this national police force changed its name to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which is current today.
The early history of the NWMP is a part of Canada's rich history. The story of the RCMP will be highlighted at the Edmonton Stamp Club National Show in Edmonton, March 28 and 29.