Family Vacations in Canada

Family Vacations in Canada: Calgary Stampede

The Chuck Wagon Race is the signature event at the Calgary Stampede.

The Calgary Stampede in Alberta is Canada's largest annual event. It's also the world's richest rodeo, awarding one million dollars in prize money to the winners of such daring competitions as bareback and bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, roping, and chuck wagon racing. The event draws rodeo champions from all over the world.

During Stampede Week, everyone in the city of Calgary gets into the rodeo mood: Storefronts are decorated in a Western theme, and Calgary residents swap their regular clothes for boots, jeans, and ten-gallon hats. Most of the events take place in Stampede Park, a fairground that was specially built to accommodate the Stampede. Some of the attractions you'll find there are an amusement park, a petting zoo, a number of livestock barns, and musical entertainment on multiple stages. A Kid's Midway features rides and rodeo events for children ages 4 through 12.

But the main attractions are the rodeo events. Some of the best riders compete during Stampede Week. The world-famous Chuck Wagon Race is exactly that -- a race of old-fashioned wagons pulled by teams of horses thundering around the track. A nightly Grandstand Show features an extravaganza of entertainers.

Calgary Stampede Information

Be sure to visit the Alberta Rocky Mountains, a craggy landscape teeming with natural beauty. On the next page, learn about visiting these majestic mountains at Banff National Park.

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