It’s impossible not to feel a certain sense of homecoming overcome you as you’re warmly welcomed by Calgary locals in a festival of color, life, pageantry – and most of all bull riding – that’s a joyful celebration of past and present.
Soak up all the energy and excitement of Calgary’s cowboy culture as ‘the greatest outdoor show on Earth’ comes to town from July 4-13 2014. Stroll among the city’s thriving boutique shops, trendy cafes and crowded pubs that all buzz with activity ahead of the Kickoff Parade that turns the downtown area into a festival of elaborate floats, celebrated riders, up-beat marching bands and a spirit of contagious pageantry. Dive head-first into all the action of Stampede Park as you enjoy the thrill-a-second bull riding, saddlebronc, bareback, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and ladies barrel racing from the exclusive ‘Restaurant in the Seat Deck’ while you feast on a three-course lunch. The action continues at the Stampede Evening Show for a night of derby races, music and fireworks, and don’t miss some quiet time exploring the wildlife and rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park.
This fun-filled tour immerses you in the festival atmosphere of the annual Calgary Stampede and gives you a front-row seat to some of the most daring, death-defying bull riding you’re ever likely to see. It also provides an opportunity to really get to know the colorful locals at the heart of this remarkable town and help celebrate their past and present in a joyful, welcoming spirit. You’ll also enjoy the epitome of luxury and world-class hospitality at one of the city’s finest hotels.
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Includes airport transfer with luxury vehicle and professional driver.
The Fairmont Palliser is located in the heart of Calgary, is a historical landmark and offers distinctive accommodation in elegant surroundings. Each of the 405 guest room accomodations at The Fairmont Palliser are luxuriously decorated and elegantly appointed. All guest rooms are equipped with the latest business amenities including High Speed Internet Access and entertainment features such as in-room movies. Superb culinary adventures await you in the relaxed elegance and casual atmosphere of their dining room. Their magnificent fully-equipped Health Club offers the exercise equipment you need to work out and the facilities you need to relax.
The Calgary Stampede Kickoff Parade is a two-and-a-half-mile smile. A fitting way to kick off The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Parade begins with the World Champion Calgary Stampede Showband. A dynamic ribbon of pageantry follows, featuring beautiful floats, bands, riders, celebrities and cultural entries. Parade Marshals have included Hollywood legends and humanitarian icons. Enjoy the show as the excitement builds for the events to come.
Enjoy the city centre with it many shops -particularly along Stephen Avenue Walk which was officially declared a Canadian Historic site in 2002. Interesting street-level boutiques developed out of modernized late 19th century and early 20th century buildings line the walk with trendy cafés, art houses and local pubs filling in the gaps making it an aresting place to stroll through for a while. Alternatively, if you feel like doing a day excursion, consider a trip to the badlands where you can visit Horseshoe Canyon, the world renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, and North Dinosaur Trail. A day trip learning about the native people's history and the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, one of the world's oldest, largest, and best preserved buffalo jump sites known to exist is also a possibility. Please speak to your Sales Agent if any of these options are of interest.
In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.
Meet your driver for a transfer to and from Stampede Park
Today you'll have ticketed access (1:30pm-4:00pm) to the famous Stampede Rodeo, featuring bull riding, saddlebronc, bareback, tie down roping, steer wrestling, ladies barrel racing and First Nations hoop dancer. Feel the incredible energy of the crowd as you saddle up for "the richest ride in rodeo". Your Lazy S Stampede 1-day ticket package features a reserved Rodeo seat in the exclusive "Restaurant in the Seat Deck", a three-course lunch including non-alcoholic beverages, access to the Lazy S Lounge, 1 souvenir program, and event ticket admit to Stampede Park.
This evening you'll have ticketed access (7:45pm-11:15pm) to the nightly Stampede Evening Show, comprised of the GMC Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon Races, and the TransAlta Grandstand Evening Show featuring The Young Canadians, and an exciting display of fireworks! Get ready for some fun. Your Lazy S Stampede 1-day ticket package features a reserved Evening Show seat in the exclusive "Restaurant in the Seat Deck", a three course dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, access to the Lazy S Lounge, 1 souvenir program, and event ticket admit to Stampede Park.
Learn about the geology, history and wildlife of the Banff National Park while exploring the town of Banff and its surroundings. Depart downtown Calgary and travel west through the rolling foothills with the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the horizon. Upon arrival into Banff you will visit such points as Bow Falls, Surprise Corner, and the Hoodoo rock formations, before a stop at the Banff Gondola for a scenic ride. At the top of Sulphur Mountain spectacular views await from the 360 degree observation deck. Enjoy an afternoon Lake Cruise on Lake Minnewanka, before returning to Banff. Wander around Banff in the afternoon prior to an early evening return to Calgary.
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