Today is a full day at the Calgary Stampede including the Chuckwagon Races and Grandstand Show which starts at 8:00 p.m. We depart the Stampede at approximately 11:30 p.m. Walking 1.5 miles over the course of the day; crowds, uneven terrain. Driving about 80 miles over 2 hours via motorcoach. Travel to Calgary is approximately 1.5 hours. Walking about 1 mile over 3 hours; some crowds, stairs
Breakfast at the hotel.
When we arrive in Calgary by coach, we will explore the colorful western history and heritage of the Canadian west at the Glenbow Museum, western Canada's largest. Hear tales of the RCMP, the Blackfoot people, early European pioneers, whiskey traders, and ground-breaking entrepreneurs from a local expert. Discover the new permanent exhibit, "Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta", which illustrates the province's history through the dynamic stories of over 40 mavericks from Western Canada's past. Transfer to the Calgary Stampede grounds.
Lunch on your own at the Stampede Grounds. There are many venues including The Cantina, Nashville North, Mavericks Dining Room and Lounge: Harvest Room Cafe and The Range.
Free afternoon to explore the Calgary Stampede on your own. There are lots of other exciting activities to choose from - see a working cow horse competition and rodeo events in the Northern Lights Arena, learn how the West was built with horsepower at Saddledome Lane or visit the Western Oasis and experience artistic excellence in photographs, bronzes, paintings, cooking demos, arts & crafts and western entertainment. Learn about the history of the Treaty 7 First Nations historic partnership with the Calgary Stampede at the Indian Village. A major part of the Calgary Stampede since its inception in 1912, the Indian Village provides the opportunity for visitors to experience the First Nations traditions and culture first hand. A list of events will be provided in advance, or our group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Reserved dinner at the Stampede Clubhouse.
Our evening continues with the exciting Rangeland Derby and the thundering Chuckwagon Races. The pounding of hooves and trembling of the ground marks the beginning of the world's premier chuckwagon event. Witness all the heart-stopping action as the teams vie for over $1.15 million in prize money! During the Stampede, the races start nightly at 8 pm. < p> Then we will finish the night with a real blast at the Grandstand Show where it's all about heat, horses and hoof beats. It promises gravity defying sights at dizzying heights and combines equine magnificence, whimsical dreamscapes and spontaneous bursts of pyrotechnic energy. This extravaganza blends music, dancing, singing and spectacle into a remarkable production that is sure to create an unforgettable experience. The climax of the evening is the explosive, award-winning fireworks finale. The show is a blazing ball of energy featuring popular artists, fantastic acrobats and amazing scenes. The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede are joined by a world-class line-up of performers aiming to awe, inspire, and energize.