Insider tips for the Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede

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.

Calgary Stampede

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.


Getting there
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.

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