Calgary Stampede, Calgary

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1410 Olympic Way SE (403) 261-0531

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    Stephen ave.
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    Stampede

    by Twan Updated Feb 11, 2015

    The Calgary Stampede is a rodeo festival that is held in Calgary and also the largest annual festival in Canada. It is at the beginning of July and lasts 10 days held. During the festival, Calgary's Wild West Cowboy-image to the world. In addition to rodeo events during the Stampede also shows, concerts, chuck wagon races and exhibitions, among other local Indian tribes. The festival is presented annually by more than one and a quarter million people who visited often in western attire adorn. On the first Friday of the Calgary Stampede is the city of Calgary and a parade held at various locations in the city are served pancakes for breakfast.

    The park where most of the festivities, including Stampede Park is home to the Saddledome, where during the 1988 Winter Olympics figure skating and ice hockey took place and today is the home stadium of the Calgary Flames hockey team.

    Ever since 1886 there is an annual exhibition held in Calgary from 1912 is the annual Calgary Stampede rodeo held in which the best riders in North America struggle. Since 1923 both events are held together.

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    Stampede Madness

    by twilightmuse Written Aug 19, 2013

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    Stampede was never my idea of a good time as I am not into the whole "cowboy" culture thing, which is very big in Alberta. But having said that I did spend a weekend in the city during stampede and had a fantastic time. I never made it to the actual stampede grounds but walking along Stephen ave is a great time. There are top notch buskers performing and the pubs patio's overflow with people who just want to share a drink. You will end up meeting all sorts of folks and yes getting drunk if that is your thing or having a great time watching the performers if it isn't.

    Don`t forget your cowboy hat. Sons of Grandville- amazing trio from Vancouver Stephen ave. Michael Anthony Bonnici- doing his thing. amazing buskers.
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    Book your hotel for Calgary Stampede in advance!

    by StephanA4 Written Jul 7, 2013

    If you’re coming into Calgary from out of town and looking for a reasonable rate on a good hotel near Calgary Stampede, Book early or smart. The only trick that I have is
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    they are covering hotels that are on a walking distance from Calgary Stampede.

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  • Fun and Games

    by gerryhunt Written May 30, 2012

    Lots of fun and games to attend to. You can spend an entire day exploring all the activities and rides. Fun for all ages.
    New the year is the Calgary Stampede App available for iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android platforms. They can be found in the App Store.
    Don't have an iPad yet ? Enter to win one at www.calgarystampede2012.tk

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  • Fun and Games

    by gerryhunt Written May 30, 2012

    Lots of fun and games to attend to. You can spend an entire day exploring all the activities and rides. Fun for all ages.
    New the year is the Calgary Stampede App available for iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android platforms. They can be found in the App Store.
    Don't have an iPad yet ? Enter to win one at www.calgarystampede2012.tk

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    And they’re off…

    by penumbra Updated Oct 10, 2011

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    There’s nothing quite like sitting with your friends and explaining why one particular horse can’t possibly lose and then 5 minutes later, after the race, explaining why the same horse never stood a chance. Live thoroughbred racing is available in the spring and harness racing in the late summer and fall at Stampede Park on the Stampede grounds. Simulcast racing is available at off track betting locations seven days a week and in the Stampede Grandstand year round on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays. Admission to Stampede Park is free but if you drive, you’ll probably pay for parking.


    Gambling problem? Please call 1-866-33AADAC (Alberta).

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    Calgary Stampede - YEEHAW!!!

    by schmoopy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Calgary Stampede (1st Friday of July to the 2nd Sunday of July) is basically a BIG PARTY... and lots of other fun stuff. Rides and exhibits, games, live entertainment, and oh yeah the Rodeo. People from all over the country (and the world) visit Calgary at this time of year to join in the festivities. To your left meet Dr.SpiritGirl AKA Dianne! While I do agree with others who say the Stampede is a tourist trap, I think if you avoid the mid-way/fair part and just check out the entertainment and rodeo portions it is a good experience. Please note that western wear is acceptable during Stampede and that not a lot of business gets done in the city during the week.

    Dr. Spirit Girl taking in the Stampede
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    The World Famous Calgary Stampede

    by spartan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You are about to experience one of the world's most thrilling competitions....the sport of Professional Rodeo. The Calgary Stampede attracts the best cowboys in the world, competing for their share of over three and a quarter of a million dollars in prize money.

    But it's not only the Stampede, there is so much more to see! So after you have experienced the thrill of rodeo, spend some time enjoying the many other attractions that without a doubt make the Calgary Stampede the 'Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth! (Courtesy of the Calgary Stampede)

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    Calgary Stampede

    by dewdney Updated Sep 20, 2010

    If I was visiting Calgary, I would be interested in the Calgary Stampede, however, for a lot of locals it's a time to flee the city. I would welcome the Stampede as an opportunity to learn about Alberta and the AGrarian culture of the province of Southern Alberta ,but like most huge events, it is very commercial and overpriced. There are some good exhibits featuring cowboy art and and recently more alternative art forms on display. It's always worth checking out the Coca Cola stage because they usually have pretty good musical entertainment. There's also a Nashville North stage which features country music. Indian village showcases amazing ring dancers and a chance to learn about the Blacfoot tribes and other tribes in the area. There are some ancredible stunt riders on BMX and motorcross who perform their stunts as well. There is plenty of fun to be had if you want to get into the Stampede spirit, otherwise it's just another exhibition. Be warned about pick pockets. I had my wallet stolen a few years ago. On the plus side, the fireworks are free every night.

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    Calgary Stampede

    by HotSpotJ Written Nov 8, 2009

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    The Calgary Stampede week in early July is a large celebration of country-western rituals and music that involves morning to night activity around the city. During this 10 day span you'll find the downtown hotels at nearly double rates and everything else slightly inflated. The events at Stampede park are quite expensive if you buy a seat close-in ($100+) but standing room only seats are cheap at each event. Events include stagecoach racing, roping, rodeo, and many other country western rituals. The traditional Stampeders are full-on country western, the modern Stampeder uses the country western events as a sideline excuse to go out and paint the town each night, as the bars and nightclubs are slammed each night of the Stampede. So if you're into the cowboy things- or not- you're going to find restaurants and clubs full of beautiful people and a mardi gras atmosphere! Cowboy up!

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    Calgary Stampede - Chuckwagons, indians, rodeo

    by omehes Written Jul 13, 2009

    Calgary Stampede, one of the biggest outdoor festivals in the world, the wild west's summer madness. Cowboys, cowgirls, indians, horses, wagons, and crowd for 10 days every year in the beginning of July.
    I really enjoyed the mad chuckwagon races - small wagons pulled by four horses with 2 cowboys sitting on them and racing out the stadium at thundering speeds. It's mind-boggling...
    The indian village was another of my favourites. Colourful teepees and even more picturesque indians dressed in beautiful outfit. The storytelling and the dancing is beautiful. You can taste some of their traditional food too.

    Teepee building competition Chuckwagon races Indian dance
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    Parade

    by krissyM Written Jun 13, 2008

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    The Stampede Parade which occurs on the first day of the Stampede, is one of the festival's oldest and largest traditions. It is led by the Calgary Stampede Showband and follows a 4.5 km route in downtown Calgary. Attendance at the parade is usually about 350,000 where people arrive early to stake out their along the parade route. The parade starts at 9 am but the streets close hours before in preparation.

    Over 4000 people either walk or ride the parade route. Over 800 horses ride in the parade. The animals generate enough manure to fill a 2 tonne cube van.

    The parade is also televised and has a viewing audience of over 2 million.

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    Pancake Breakfasts

    by krissyM Written Jun 13, 2008

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    During the 10 days of the Calgary Stampede buisnesses, neighborhoods and organizations all over Calgary sponser Pancake breakfasts. The breakfasts are all free and provide pancakes, bacon, sausage, juice and coffee to all those who are willing to get up early enough. There are so many of them it is possible to eat breakfast every day of the Stampede for free.

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    THE FAMOUS STAMPEDE

    by la-lola Updated Jul 21, 2007

    It begins the 1st friday of july and it last 10 days.... Like a BIG FERIA, you'll find people all over the city... so if you don't like crowds is not a good time to come to Calgary...

    the train is full most of the time... the good thing is that train runs 24 hr a day, usually it finish like at 1 or 1.30 am... the same for buses... instead of 12.20 am my bus finishes at 1.20 am... one extra hour at least...

    there are free breakfast, but as you imagine, there's a lot of people in the line....

    In the Stampede you'll find rodeos, horses shows, concerts, rides, "artesanias" (people from india, kenya, peru, etc... that sell their products and then after that they return to their contries), food, little donuts (they are really good) and people and more people...

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    Stampede Park

    by scottishvisitor Updated Feb 3, 2007

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    Stampede Park provides entertainment and sport all year. The park boasts a top class casino and many eateries including fine restaurants. There are also great shopping opportunities. If you fancy a flutter check out the horse racing events held here regularly.

    Sweet little horses
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  • Jul 7, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    I have been to the Grandstand show on several occasions. This year 2014 is certainly the worst show I have been to. It was blaring with unbearable noise. There was no real focus. A chuck wagon family heritage was being portrayed which was good but the content was lacking. Its a show that's filled with lights and noise but lacking real substance and enrichment. I pai a lot for nothing of real quality.

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