The Calgary Stampede 2018- all the fun and festivities

Calgary Stampede Midway
Calgary Stampede Midway

Well its only taken me about three weeks to finally get to this post but took me that long to recover from all the Stampeding Festivities. The Calgary Stampede 2018 is a wrap and was one of the most successful with attendance way up. The gods brought us some of the best weather we’ve ever had for a week of Stampeding.  The first Friday in July is always the big kickoff starting with the Stampede Parade that signifies the opening of The Greatest Show on Earth. It’s the beginning of 10 days of festivities that transform the city into the wild west and a stomping ground of fun and gluttony. 

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Bragg Creek to Canmore Road Trip

Powderface Trail
Powderface Trail

You gotta love a great road trip and this Sunday drive was awesome with the best of homegrown, Canadian, Rocky Mountain scenery! Bragg Creek to Canmore- I’ve lived my whole life in Calgary and ventured up to Bragg Creek and Elbow Falls hundreds of times. I always thought the road ended in K-Country on Hwy 66 where it stops at Little Elbow until I read an article in last months Avenue Magazine telling of a fabled route out to Canmore.

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Calgary Stampede 2016 Chuckwagon Races and Grandstand Show

Midway at the Stampede
The Stampede Grounds and Midway.
Chuckwagon Races
Chucks at the Calgary Stampede

One of central attractions of the Calgary Stampede are the nightly Chuckwagon races and Grandstand show, with one ticket you get this doubleheader including admission to the park. The evening officially starts at 7:45pm with the blast of a klaxon, kicking off the GMC Rangeland Derby that features nine heats of four chuckwagon teams.  Pick your favorite team and join the crowd in cheering on the competitors!  When the last Chuck thunders across the finish line the stage is set for the Grandstand show.  The show features the Young Canadians dancing and singing to a different theme each year.  This years theme is a salute to Guy Weadick, the founding father of the Calgary Stampede.Continue Reading

Calgary Stampede Parade 2016

Format Video

IMG_0678Today is Friday, July 8th the official kick-off for the Greatest Show on Earth, the Calgary Stampede 2016.  Sneak-A-Peek opens the evening before but the parade is the official  kickoff for 10 days of festivities that consume the city and highlight our western heritage.  I’m embarrassed to say but I have never been before, as a child no one had ever taken us and as an adult I choose to avoid the crowds and instead watch it on TV from the comforts of home.  I had a pre-conceived idea of more hassle than fun, off overwhelming crowds, people deep, fighting for space or a spot to peek thru the masses.  I heard people would camp out the night before or head down in the wee dawn hours just to get a premium spot, if you arrived later you’d be out of luck unless one of the lucky few who have company sponsored bleacher seats.Continue Reading

A visit to Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lake

Just back from a couple of days camping and hiking in Waterton Lakes National Park.  If you are in the Calgary, Alberta area you need to take a trip here!  Banff is the internationally known mountain/park area but I personally believe it is surpassed in beauty and diversity by Waterton.  Its variety of flora, fauna and wildlife make it one of the most beautiful mountain parks I have visited and I try to go every summer although there is lots to do here in the winter also.Continue Reading