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Rodeo at the Calgary Stampede
We took on the Calgary Stampede today. After breakfast, we made our way to the Calaway RV park where we had made a reservation from Prince George. They open extra tent spots during the Stampede so we were able to get a patch of grass, which is all we really needed. We set up our tent, staked it down as best we could (it was a windy day and we would hate to get back and not see our tent anywhere!) and took the RV park's free shuttle service to the Stampede grounds. One of the reasons we chose this campground is because they offer a free shuttle service to and from the Stampede so we wouldn't have to worry about transportation or parking. We met Maureen, her husband and her son on the shuttle who were also staying at the RV Park. We managed to get into the park ground for free, as they had bought tickets ahead of time for both the Stampede grounds and the Rodeo (each are seperate tickets), and since Rodeo tickets get you into the grounds for free, we were able to use their grounds tickets and they used their Rodeo tickets for entry.
Chuckwagon Races. Soon after this picture I was able to BS my way through a conversation with a photographer who used an intense amount of camera lingo.


Once we were in the grounds, we were able to get Rodeo rush tickets for a discount. They tend to sell out the day of so our only option was rush tickets, but it worked out fine and the seats aren't too bad. We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the grounds and soaking in all the cowboy culture (we'd have to get used to it as we were heading into Montana the next day!). That evening, we got the evening show and chuckwagon race rush tickets. These are standing tickets so you can always find a good spot to watch the races, and some leave before the evening show, so you can also find a good seat for that.

The Calgary Stampede is certainly a site to see and you can definitely spend a few days and nights wandering the grounds and discovering all the music, shows, rides, games and beer that it has to offer. Unfortunately we only had a day to see it all, but after such a busy day, we were ready to be on our way.
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Rodeo at the Calgary Stampede
Rodeo at the Calgary Stampede
Chuckwagon Races. Soon after this …
Chuckwagon Races. Soon after this…
Rodeo at the Calgary Stampede
Rodeo at the Calgary Stampede
Rodeo at the Calgary Stampede
Rodeo at the Calgary Stampede
Rodeo at the Calgary Stampede
Rodeo at the Calgary Stampede
Calgary Stampede grounds
Calgary Stampede grounds
Calgary
photo by: Vikram