Calgary Stampede Rodeo Finals 6 Day RV Rally
YAHOO! That’s the rallying cry of the Calgary Stampede! Fantasy’s fabulous Stampede Rodeo Finals tour gallops back into the wild west of the late-1800’s for the celebrated Calgary Stampede, ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!’ Affectionately known as ‘Cowtown,’ but never to her pretty prairie face, Calgary hosts 1.2 million annual visitors for this thrilling blend of Western Canadian heritage, dynamic contemporary entertainment and civic pride. It’s so much more than an annual rodeo, exhibition, and festival. It’s all ‘aboot’ crazy, cowboy madness in the extreme!
So what exactly makes it so great, you may ask?
Rootin’, tootin’ rodeo for all! The World’s Richest Tournament-style rodeo featuring a purse of not one, or two, or four, but SIX main events that happen every afternoon: ladies barrel racing, bareback tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc and bull riding! Every win, every day builds towards Showdown Sunday for a $2 million purse – Rodeo’s Richest afternoon.
Giddy Up! It’s the Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon races, the very best of chuckwagon racing followed by an epic stage show with headline entertainment. Rock royalty, country legends, even new and rising stars all grace this grand stage during Stampede. A hush falls over the crowd of 17,000 people daily in anticipation of the ‘A-WOOGAH’ blast from a mighty klaxon horn which kicks off nine heavy heats of frenzied fast–paced chuck wagon racing. The earth shakes to the roar of pounding hooves drowning out all sounds.
Moments after the last wagon flies in over the finish line, the Grandstand show explodes with the dazzling contemporary choreography, acrobatics and a posse of pyrotechnics to ignite the clear, starlit sky!
In between the daily afternoon rodeo trials and the chuckwagon races, there’s too much to see, do, eat and shop around Stampede grounds. And it’s all extreme! The rides, games, free entertainment and even the food – there’s just no end to this crazy cowboy madness! And the best news is that everything on the Stampede grounds is just a short walk away. Take the Midway Carnival, for instance. Of course, there are extreme rides, but this carnival prides itself on its ‘extreme food’ options. Creative new concoctions added each year compete with old crowd favorites Fancy a bacon beer-battered corndog, a mac and cheese stuffed burger, or maybe some butter chicken fries? Oh yes, your cowboy boots will need to do some serious walking after all of this!
Let’s ride through Fantasy’s 6-day Calgary Stampede Finals itinerary. First, we stay at a stellar camping location with direct 24-hour C-train access to the Stampede grounds. On arrival day, we have our traditional orientation, get –acquainted party, and welcome dinner. This is served with a local twist of an Honorary Calgarian ceremony. On Day 2, we stomp over the Stampede grounds to check out the Midway Carnival and Saddledome activities before taking our reserved seats for the World’s Richest rodeo trials – Round 1. The place to be for dinner is in the Stampede Grounds Clubhouse dining room with sweeping glass views of the track, and we’re there for opening night. Before Stampede Park even wakes up, we head downtown for breakfast with a 360-view at Top of Calgary Sky Tower. It’s a sweeping panorama of the best of Canada, the bustling city, the proud Canadian Rockies, the curving foothills, and the prairie heartland. While exploring the core of Calgary, we visit the Glenbow Museum to learn more about the rich and diverse culture of Western Canada through the museum’s extensive art, museum, archives and library collections. Back to the action on the Stampede grounds for another recon of the Midway Carnival and Saddledome doings before Round 2 of the Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon races! The night continues with the Entertainment Extravaganza in the Grandstand and closes with a fireworks and laser show.
Day 4 means the means the best of Banff on a guided bus tour of the Canadian Rockies – where elk and grizzly bears play in the splendor of Banff National Park! There are plenty of photo ops at Bow Falls and we enjoy lunch in downtown Banff before returning to the Stampede grounds. An optional activity this evening is the Saddledome show with headliner entertainment. Oh no — it’s already Day 5 and we spend our last full day at the Stampede grounds before returning to our reserved seats for the World’s Richest Rodeo FINALS. Our Farewell dinner follows before we enjoy live musical entertainers from the Rodeo Riders.
Here are a few helpful tips for first-time visitors to Calgary:
- Dress Western like the locals do! Sure any old cowboy hat will do, but to blend in with the locals, it has to be white. And don’t forget your jeans and boots!
- The weather is variable, and no matter how warm the day may be, it will cool off at night. All the seats in the grandstand where the chuck wagon races, rodeo events, and grandstand show are open to the elements. All events are run rain or shine.
- Many vendors on the Stampede grounds do not take debit or credit cards. The lines can be very long at the ATMs in Stampede Park, so consider bringing some Canadian cash with you.
- Download the free Stampede app to your mobile device to find out what’s happening around the Stampede grounds each day!
This is one rocky mountain high you’re going to remember! For the unbridled, high-energy celebration of all-things cowboy and the Wild West. For everything you learn about culture in early Western Canada. For the safety, warm hospitality and staggering beauty of our great northern neighbor. For yet another extraordinary RV experience Fantasy provides for us. And finally, for all the stories this adventure gives us to share with all of our friends.
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