Alberta Heritage & the Calgary Stampede

Experience Alberta’s cowboy roots, First Nations culture, and Mountie traditions with this six day getaway. From the famous Calgary Stampede festival to historic gems, history enthusiasts will love this unique glimpse into Alberta’s multicultural past.

Cowboy tradition comes alive at the annual Calgary Stampede, a lively festival dedicated to the world’s top rodeo performers. Witness tough as nails cowboys and cowgirls compete in bull riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and more! Watch as teams of horses and carts thunder by at the chuck wagon races, followed by a lineup of talented musicians, singers and dancers at the Grandstand Show. You’ll see why this festival is known as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.  

Get acquainted with the ancient culture of Alberta’s First Nations people and the beginnings of the North West Mounted Police with visits to Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Fort Calgary, and Bar U Ranch. Explore a living outdoor museum dedicated to Alberta’s rich past at Heritage Park. The old west comes alive within this fully operational town complete with costumed interpreters. Visit the working bakery, blacksmith shop, Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading shop, and the still operational Wainwright Hotel.

This six day journey into the Alberta’s past is sure to leave you with lasting memories of the fascinating and diverse cultures of Western Canada. Combine this package with a trip through the Rocky Mountains to Vancouver, or book alone as a unique getaway.
6 days/5 Nights
from $1,346.00
per person based on double occupancy

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Highlights

  • Watch world-class bull riding, steer wrestling, and other Stampede rodeo events
  • Take in the excitement of the Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races and evening Grandstand Show
  • Explore Heritage Park, an outdoor living museum offering insight into Alberta’s past
  • Visit Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a heritage site dedicated to the ancient hunting methods of the Plains Indians
Features & Inclusions

Features & Inclusions

Accommodations
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation

Transportation
  • Taxi from Calgary Airport to downtown hotel
  • 2-day Calgary Transit passes to Stampede grounds
  • 2-day mid-size car rental

Activities
  • Skyride over Stampede Park
  • Calgary Tower
  • Fort Calgary
  • Heritage Park
  • Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  • Bar U Ranch
Admissions
  • Calgary Stampede general admission
  • Afternoon Rodeo admission, Level 2 seating
  • Evening Chuck Wagon admission, Level 2 seating
  • Grandstand Show admission, Level 2 seating

Extras
  • Travel documents
  • Hotel luggage handling
Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 – Calgary Arrival

Welcome to the cowboy capital of Canada, and home of the Calgary Stampede! Known as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, this festival hosts the top cowboys and rodeo competitors in the world, along with a lineup of talented musicians and performers. Arrive in Calgary, and spend your day exploring this vibrant city.

Day 2 – Calgary Stampede

Enjoy a full day of excitement at the Calgary Stampede grounds. Check out the livestock exhibits, eclectic food stands, mid-way rides, and live music performances. Highlight your day with the Stampede Rodeo, featuring a variety of rodeo events performed by talented cowboys. Watch world-class athletes compete in barrel racing, bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, and bull riding. The Stampede grounds come alive at night with musical performances and famous headliners. Take part in the excitement at Nashville North or Cowboy’s Casino.

Day 3 – Calgary Stampede

Immerse yourself in cowboy culture with another full day of action at the Stampede. Continue your exploration of the extensive festival grounds, with a full new lineup of performances and music available throughout the day. Enjoy an evening of entertainment featuring the Rangeland Derby chuckwagon races and the Grandstand Show. Watch in awe as skilled competitors race chuck wagons and a team of horses around a racetrack. The show continues with a variety extravaganza including comedy, song and dance performances, acrobatics, and a spectacular fireworks finale. Take a quick ride to the elevated viewing platform at Calgary Tower and gaze out over the city into the golden prairies and ranching country of Alberta. On a clear day you can see the foothills and mountains of Alberta’s Kananaskis region.

Day 4 – Calgary

Discover Alberta’s rich heritage today with visits to Calgary’s historic landmarks. Pick up your rental car and drive to the site of Fort Calgary. Here, history comes to life tales of the Northwest Mounted Police, the original fort built at this location, and the first inhabitants of Calgary. Continue your adventure at Heritage Park, a living museum dedicated to preserving Alberta’s past. Immerse yourself in a recreated town with costumed interpreters, and discover what life was like for early settlers. A working bakery, café, steam train and paddle wheeler are just a few of the amazing sights and experiences you will find within this large outdoor museum.

Day 5 – Southern Alberta Day Trip

Spend a day exploring the historic sites of Southern Alberta with a road trip through scenic ranchlands and foothills. Visit Fort MacLeod and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. The site is one of the oldest and best preserved bison jump sites in North America, dedicated to the ancient hunting techniques of the Plains Indians. Continue your adventure at Bar U Ranch National Historic Site and discover the history of ranching in Canada. Formerly a site of the North West Mounted Police detachment and Post Office, the site has 35 historic buildings and structures, and offers insight into various stages of ranching development. Return to Calgary for an evening at leisure.

Day 6 –Calgary Departure

Your memorable vacation concludes with a morning checkout from your Calgary Hotel and the return of your rental car.
Accommodation Options

Accommodation Selection

 
Location Value Moderate Deluxe
Calgary Best Western Plus Calgary Centre International Hotel of Calgary Fairmont Palliser
 
prices

Prices

 
  Value Accommodations
  Double Triple Quad Single Child
7 July - 14 July $1,346.00 $1,056.00 $911.00 $2,216.00 $431.00
 
  Moderate Accommodations
  Double Triple Quad Single Child
7 July - 14 July $1,622.00 $1,278.00 $1,105.00 $2,772.00 $431.00
 
  Deluxe Accommodations
  Double Triple Quad Single Child
7 July - 14 July $2,124.00 $1,654.00 $1,419.00 $3,764.00 $431.00
           

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All prices quoted are per person and shown in CAD funds. Rates are for 2016 and do not include taxes. All prices include administration, planning, and operational expenses. All prices are subject to change without notice and are subject to international exchange rate fluctuations. Infants (less than 2 years old) travelling with an adult and not occupying a seat may travel free of charge. For children 2-11 years old, we provide reduced rates – please contact one of our vacation planners at 1-877-791-5500 for more information. A deposit of $200 per person is due at time of booking (unless otherwise stated at the time of booking). Final payment is due 45 days prior to tour departure. Tours booked within 45 days of departure require full payment before reservations can be confirmed.

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