Every year in July, the Calgary Stampede opens with a traditional Stampede Parade, kicked off by the Calgary Stampede Showband and attended by about 350,000 eager onlookers. Six major events are woven into the extravaganza: Bareback, Bull Riding, Ladies Barrel Racing, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling, and Tie-down roping. For junior competitors, the wild pony races are a major draw. With all there is to do, it is no wonder, then, that the Stampede is billed as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!”
While you are in town for the Stampede, take a turn on the Calgary City Tour for a more low-key look at the city. You will visit Canada Olympic Park – home of the 1988 Winter Olympics – and will ride up the Ski Jump tower at no additional cost. You will also see Fort Calgary Historic Park, where Fort Calgary was built in 1875 to force out whiskey traders. While a portion of the area has burned down, you will still be able to see a replica of the 1888 Men’s Barracks and the Deane House Historic Site.
Other featured destinations on the City Tour include downtown Calgary, Prince Island Park, and the Chinese Cultural Centre. The tour covers the most famous and historically important areas in this great city. For other suggestions on how you can spend your time in Calgary, visit www.CalgaryTours.net.