Put on your cowboy boots and stay at our hotel near the Calgary Stampede. The city embraces the rodeo each year with cowboy themes on buildings, pancake breakfasts and barbeques hosted on every corner, and Albertans dressing in their favourite spurs and western hats. The rodeo brings in over one million visitors a year to cheer for one of the world’s largest rodeos and one of Canada’s largest festival.
This ten-day affair is held in Stampede Park and is easily accessed by Calgary Transit’s light rail system.
Parade – The official opening with politicians, athletes and actors serving as marshals
Rodeo – The heart of the Stampede and with six categories of bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, tie down roping, saddle bronc and bareback riding
Novice Shows – Come out to be impressed by junior steer riding, novice bareback, novice saddle bronc and wild pony racing
Exhibition – Learn about Alberta’s ranching and agricultural heritage with displays and exhibits such as the World Championship Blacksmith Competition
Rangeland Derby – The “half-mile of hell” is an exciting chuckwagon race with teams competing for over one million dollar in prize money
Midway – Come for the rodeo, stay for the TransAlta Grandstand Show starring musical performers and finishing with a spectacular fireworks show
The Calgary Stampede began in 1884 as a way to promote farmers and ranchers to move to Western Canada. Guy Weadick, a trick roper, built a rodeo fairground in 1912 to help with attendance. The event immediately became a success as over people became increasingly excited with watching hundreds of cowboys compete for prizes each year. Civic leaders began to support the event in the spirit of the “wild west” and the discovery of oil brought improved the economy in the area even more. Today, the agricultural and western heritage focus remains a priority to the Calgary Stampede. Stay at our hotel near Calgary Stampede grounds and be one of the locals for the week.