Calgary Stampede Tours and Activities
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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
Use your smartphone & vehicle's stereo to make your drive come alive! Using GPS, our professional and fun tour guides will transform this beautiful drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure! Ideal for traveling between destinations, or as a one way stand alone tour. Over 50 points of interest include things to see & do, local animals, popular people, historical events & more! Don't just see the mountains, hear what they have to say! Route. Trans-Canada Highway 1 between Calgary & Lake Louise. Freedom. Start anywhere along route & travel in either direction. Take detours & stop at attractions for as long as you like. Hands Free. Fun audio clips play automatically as you drive. Live GPS map. No data used during tour. Easy to Use. Download the app. Select the tour. Go! Trivia Fun. Each point of interest has a fun multiple choice trivia question. Keep score or just listen! Inexpensive. Only 1 tour booking needed per vehicle.
'Discover the Rockies' package includes: Two Walking Tours. Your phone becomes your tour guide as you explore Banff & Canmore with two GPS-guided audio walking tours! Each with 30 fully narrated points of interest. Driving Tour. Listen to a tour guide as you drive between Calgary, Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village & Nakiska! Over 50 points of interest. Freedom. No directions or time limits. Stop at as many sights & attractions as you like. Start / stop anywhere. Travel in any direction along route. Hands Free. Fun audio clips play automatically as you drive. Live GPS map. No data used during tour. Easy to Use. Download the app. Select the tour. Go! Family Friendly. Fun Tripvia Guides keep you laughing & engaged along the way! Trivia Fun. Each point of interest has a fun multiple choice trivia question. Keep score or just listen! Inexpensive. Only 1 tour booking needed per vehicle / group. Play audio through vehicle's stereo so everyone can hear.
Listen to a tour guide through your smartphone as you explore Calgary's Beltline District! Keep the professional tour guide experience, ditch the crowded tour groups, tight schedules and high prices. Live GPS map shows where you are and where to go next. As you get close, tour guide commentary will automatically play! On this 5.5 km sightseeing tour, you'll discover historical buildings, statues, churches, urban parks and the famous Stampede grounds. Highlights include St. Mary's Cathedral, Central Memorial Park & Library, Senator Lougheed Residence, Chinook Arc and more. Don't just see the beauty of the Beltline District, hear what it has to say! The tour also comes with a fun location based trivia game. After the commentary plays, look at your device and tap your guess at the answer. See your score as you go! Getting started is easy, just book the tour, download the app and go. Note: the number of travelers you select is the number of devices you can download the tour too.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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:
- Listen to a Tour Guide as You Drive between Calgary and Lake Louise
- Listen to a Tour Guide as You Drive & Walk with our Discover the Rockies Package
- Calgary's Beltline District GPS-Guided Audio Walking Tour
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