If you are one of the thousands of Aussies that will flock to Alberta, Canada from 6 – 15 July this year for the world-renowned Calgary Stampede, here is a list of need-to-know Stampede facts.
The calibre of a rodeo comes down to two things: the skill of the competitors and the quality of the horses, bulls and steers. Every afternoon at 1:15pm, cowboys and cowgirls face off at the Stampede Rodeo in a furious display of skill and grit, with every win building towards Showdown Sunday.
A prize pool of over two million dollars makes Calgary Stampede the world’s richest tournament-style rodeo.
Contestants at the Calgary Stampede compete in bareback, bull riding, barrel racing, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, and down-roping, as the action culminates with the GMC Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon event and spectacular fire-works displays.
The Calgary Stampede is as much about the music as it is about rodeo. Previous line-ups included Alessia Cara, Nelly Furtado, Ben Harper, KISS, and the Dixie Chicks, with this year’s line-up to be announced in March.
The quirky food of the Calgary Stampede is almost as famous as the western extravaganza itself, with treats such as Cookie Dough-ne, raw cookie dough in a waffle cone complete with sprinkles.
Located in the heart of Calgary, Alberta, minutes from the downtown hotels, and just one hour from Banff and the Rocky Mountains, Calgary Stampede is a must-stop attraction on Canada’s summer events calendar.
Air Canada offers daily direct flights to Vancouver from Sydney and Brisbane, with connecting flights to Calgary. Additionally, Air Canada will commence year-round direct flights from Melbourne to Vancouver from June 2018. Direct flights from Sydney to Vancouver are also available on Qantas.