Calgary Stampede Tours
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The Calgary Stampede is a grand celebration of Canada’s Western heritage that has been attracting visitors every year since 1923. Visit to experience small-town fun in a big way. The Stampede includes rodeo events, chuckwagon races, blacksmithing competitions, a midway, 300 performers on five stages, and First Nations cultural events.
The self-proclaimed Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth attracts more than a million visitors over 10 days of events and attractions, kicking off with an opening parade featuring dozens of marching bands, more than 150 floats, marching bands, dancers, politicians, and business leaders.
Most travelers plan to spend at least two days at Calgary Stampede to allow time to fully explore the park. Don’t miss the nightly Rangeland Derby, where teams of horses and drivers race to a finish line, followed by a fireworks finale. General admission tickets grant access to the rides, games, and food stalls of Stampede Park, but rodeo events and concerts require separate tickets.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Bring sunscreen, a hat, and a light jacket, as weather can be unpredictable in Calgary in July.
- Stampede Park is big; be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes or well broken-in cowboy boots.
- Most Stampede vendors accept major credit cards, and the park has more than a dozen ATMs scattered throughout; US dollars are generally accepted.
- The park and all its public buildings are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
Parking is limited at Stampede Park. To get there via public transportation, take the CTrain from Erlton or Victoria Park Station in Calgary.
When to Get There
The Calgary Stampede is held in July. Rodeo events take place during the afternoon hours each day, with Showdown Sunday offering the richest payout to winners. Evening entertainment includes wagon races, variety shows, and fireworks, as well as live music. Check the event calendar to see which musicians are performing.
First Nations at Elbow River Camp
During a visit to Calgary Stampede, stop by the First Nations at Elbow River Camp to learn about the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai, Tsuut’ina, and Stoney Nakoda First Nations. The area features 26 tepees, local artisans selling handmade jewelry and folk art, traditional dancing and singing, and food stalls offering bannock, an unleavened flat bread, and Saskatoon berry jam.
Address: 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary AB T2G 2W1, Canada
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Calgary Stampede
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For a night out with a difference, embark on this adult-only ghost tour of Calgary by sidecar. You’ll travel to historic parts of the city, including Fort Calgary, Inglewood, and Scotsman’s Hill. Along the way, hear spooky tales of notorious Calgary residents, hauntings, and dark history, and pause for non-alcoholic refreshments—or an alcoholic drink at your own expense—at historic pubs.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Calgary Stampede?
The best ways to experience Calgary Stampede are:
- Creepy Calgary Ghost Tour
- Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour between Calgary and Lake Louise
- Self-Guided Audio Tours Discover the Rockies Package
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