The Calgary Stampede – “The greatest outdoor show on earth” runs for ten days every year in early July (July 4th – 13th for 2014). While there are thousands of shows and exhibits to see, the highlights are the rodeo, grand stand show and my favorite – the chuck wagon races. 1 or 2 days at the Stampede are a must if you are going to be in Calgary in early July. Many of our guests visit the stampede for a night or two either before or after their visit here at the ranch. It is recommended that you book both rodeo tickets and hotels as early as possible, as both sell out quickly. The stampede also showcases major concerts and tickets are in hot demand. Details on the Calgary Stampede can be found at cs.calgarystampede.com
Be sure to book you chuck wagon tickets with your package. They are not included in all packages and are a highlight of the event.
Traffic in Calgary can be a mess, so try to use the public transit system or C-Train to access the grounds. It will save you a lot of hassle. Even better if you can stay in a hotel close to a station.