Calgary Stampede, Calgary
Of course, if you are in Calgary during the first week of July, you will be dragged to the Stampede. The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede is the the city's BIG event. The city goes nuts. Shopping mall parking lots vye for the coveted title of largest pancake breakfast ever served (BTW, these breakfasts are free for all comers). There's a midway, concerts, and all the usual fair trappings, plus the largest rodeo in North America. Prepare to drink beer, eat beef, watch epic man and beast stuggles, and fatten yourself with (everyone's favourite) 'Those L'il Donoughts.'
Fondest memory: The chinook. Means 'snow-eater' in, I believe, Blackfoot. Mid-winter, the temperature is hovering around -10°C. Then one day the wind starts blowing from the west. The air dries out. The temperature rises. The snow disapears. And a spectacular arc of clouds forms over the Rockies.
Fondest memory: As you can see, at the smaller rodeos, you get about as close to the action as anyone would want to...!!! These are the Chuckwagon Races. They can be very dangerous both for the riders and the horses. But they definitely are exciting!
Go to the Calgary Stampede which takes place every July. The parade is great and there are always free pancake breakfasts downtown! Don't miss the chuck wagon races either.
Fondest memory: 1988 Winter Olympics. It meant 2 weeks off from University and the chance to see the best athletes in the world compete.