Dust off your cowboy boots and put on your cowboy hat for an experience that is unrivaled for variety and excitement! Every July, Calgary puts on its white hat and welcomes the world to one of the greatest outdoor shows on Earth. The Calgary Stampede is an annual 10-day rodeo featuring a parade, midway, stage shows, and concerts. You’ll become a cowboy or cowgirl, witnessing thrilling chuckwagon races, First Nation culture, agriculture showcases, live music and much more.
Here are a few things you can expect while getting your rodeo on!
Daring Food Choices
The Stampede hosts more than 100 food vendors including crowd favourite like mini donuts, corn dogs to mouth-watering barbeque. Don’t forget some of the craziest combos like mac and cheese stuffed burgers and deep-fried treats!
The Stampede Rodeo features the world’s best competitors and animals. There are six major events that happen including ladies barrel racing, bareback, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc and bull riding. The cowboys and cowgirls face off in a furious display of skill and grit, with every win building towards Showdown Sunday!
Western wear isn’t just for cowboys anymore! As soon as July rolls around, you will see just about everyone donning cowboy boots, denim jeans, plaid shirts and the iconic white cowboy hat, a symbol of western hospitality!
Treaty 7 First Nations
Take the opportunity to visit people from the Tsuut’ina, Kainai, Piikani, Stoney Nakoda and Siksika First Nations of Treaty 7 in Elbow River Camp. The camp is home for more than 500 people throughout the Stampede. Here, they showcase their cultures and histories by welcoming guests into their tipis, telling stories and sharing traditions such as beaded crafts and bannock.
Since Calgary is located only one hour from the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the Stampede is the perfect place to kick off a true western vacation. For the perfect accommodations, click here!