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Calgary Stampede 2019

Melbourne, Australia
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Calgary Stampede 2019

Hey all! Yes I know this is very early but I like to get a start on planning.

Was in Canada in June this year but missed out on everything (due to poor planning!!!), so just wondering with regards to the Calgary Stampede, I'm aware it goes over several days, so is one day better than another when it comes to seeing and doing things or do the days vary and hard to judge?

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Calgary, Canada
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1. Re: Calgary Stampede 2019

The days are pretty much the same, unless you want to see the finals of the Rodeo or Chuckwagon Races - those happen on the final day of the Stampede. There is the big parade on day one which is always fun.

Melbourne, Australia
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2. Re: Calgary Stampede 2019

That's something I'd love to see, the parade. I'm not into rodeo, but it's something I'd love to see.

Penticton, Canada
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3. Re: Calgary Stampede 2019

hi

if you want to make the most of it you really need 2 days but if you only have 1 day/

As suggested the Parade on the Friday morning in the downtown is a good start but before you get there there are pancake breakfasts at a number of locations.

then after the parade is over you can head to the Stampede Grounds using the C-train (light rail transit) where you have the rodeo event in the afternoon. then look at having supper on the grounds at one of the many restaurants or head back to your hotel for a rest before the evening show

the evening show at the grandstand is where you find the chuckwagon races and the nightly show. calgarystampede.com/stampede/shows/evening

then if you have a second day you could go back for the midway and the events

http://www.calgarystampede.com/stampede and

ag.calgarystampede.com/events/daily-schedule

Melbourne, Australia
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4. Re: Calgary Stampede 2019

Not sure how many days I'll be in Calgary, need to work out what to see and do but two days will be max at the Stampede.

I'll check out the links, thanks.

Calgary, Canada
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5. Re: Calgary Stampede 2019

Excellent tips from Cbaarch! This article is slightly outdated now, but still has lots of useful info for people visiting the Stampede for the first time:

https:/…Stampede.First.Time.Visitors.html

Melbourne, Australia
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6. Re: Calgary Stampede 2019

Long read....................I've printed it out so I can have a proper look at home.

Thanks again, much appreciated.

Calgary, Alberta...
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7. Re: Calgary Stampede 2019

Hi Vanessa,

I have lived in Calgary my whole life, I find the best days to go are both Fridays, and the last Sunday (last day of stampede) is always the most lively. Cowboys tent and casino also show some of their biggest performers those days.

hope this helps!

Calgary, Canada
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8. Re: Calgary Stampede 2019

Different atrokes for different folks! You say "lively", I say "crowded". I'm not keen on visiting during those days, and prefer to visit midweek, starting at 10 or 11 a.m. to avoid the crowds.

Ravena, New York
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9. Re: Calgary Stampede 2019

Plan to see the rodeo finals if you can but get your tickets in a hurry. There is nothing in the world to compare it to.

Melbourne, Australia
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10. Re: Calgary Stampede 2019

Thanks for your suggestions. What are hotel prices like during this time? Reasonable or prices skyrocket? I already know where I want to stay (EconoLodge, stayed there with my cousin now in June).

At this stage, will stay for a week in Vancouver (arr 29 June) then fly into Edmonton and drive down to Calgary, stay four nights?

Edited: 14 December 2017, 08:49
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