In 2012, one of Canada’s iconic festivals the Calgary Stampede celebrates its 100th anniversary. To get a true grasp of the scope of the event, you should make sure to experience the following:
- The Stampede Parade is an exciting kick-off to ten days of western fun. Showcasing floats, bands, riders, cultural entries, and many more, the 2012 Parade will be held on Friday, July 6th.
- The afternoon rodeo is the richest outdoor rodeo in the world and includes everything from barrel racing to bull riding
- Grandstand evening show nightly, featuring chuckwagon races and musical performances by the Young Canadians as well as international acts
- Free pancake breakfasts….every day, all over town
- The parties…every night, all over town
White the festival is on for 10 days in July, its Western spirit is alive for 365 days of the year. Here are just some of the ways to immerse yourself in the cowboy culture.
- Ride like a cowboy by enjoying a day on the ranch and experiencing horseback riding in the beautiful backdrop of the prairies. For an urban riding experience test your agility on the mechanical bull at Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall.
- Dress the part from head to toe. Visit Smithbilt Hats, Canada’s only hat manufacturer specializing in the cowboy hats for the perfect fit. Want custom boots; drop in at Alberta Boot to get your perfect pair made just for you. For everything in between from belt buckle to jeans visit Western outfitters like Riley McCormick or Lammle’s Western Wear. Is Cowboy Chic more your style? Work with a personal shopper at The CORE for the perfect western outfit that can translate to your day to day wardrobe after the rodeo is over.
- Get to know western culture and visit some of Canada’s best sites and attractions for hands on history lesson. Whether you ride the train that settlers rode at Canada’s largest living history museum, Heritage Park Historical Village, or sleep in a tipi at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, there is a wealth of history and knowledge to be shared with visitors.