The World-Famous Calgary Stampede and Banff

Discover a world of cowboys and cowgirls, Canada-style, at the Calgary Stampede, where you’ll learn the nation’s pioneer story and enjoy excursions to parks, canyons and museums.
Rating (5)
Program No. 20648RJ
6 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Discover Alberta’s rich Western heritage and experience the daily lives of early ranchers and pioneers while studying the history, cultures and customs of Western Canada. Travel through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to Banff National Park where you will learn from naturalists about local geology and wildlife. Meet bona fide cowboys, cowgirls, bareback riders and trainers behind the scenes of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Calgary Stampede.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience the rodeo, the thundering chuckwagon races and the Stampede Grandstand Show at the Calgary Stampede.
  • Discover the splendor of Emerald Lake in Yoho and Lake Louise in Banff National Park with expert naturalists.
  • Explore the colorful history of the Canadian West, including tales of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Blackfoot and early pioneers at the Glenbow Museum.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Rocky Mountain Nature Guide
by Andy Bezener
This guide includes information on mammals, fish, birds, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, insects and reptiles from the entire span of the Rockies - Alaska to New Mexico. Featuring over 300 exact full-color illustrations.
Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains
by James Halfpenny, Todd Telander (Illustrator)
An essential pocket guide to tracks, scats and signs of not just the mammals of the region, but also of the reptiles, amphibians and birds. Each of 70 species gets a double-page spread, with line drawings of the animal, scat and track, range map and description.
Switchbacks, True Stories from the Canadian Rockies
by Sid Marty
A native Albertan and park warden in the Canadian Rockies, Marty relates colorful anecdotes from friends, colleagues and his own youth in this collection of tales, which includes A Horse Named Candy.
Alberta Wildlife
by James Kavanagh
Identify Rockies wildlife with this handy, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions.
Reading The Rocks, A Biography of Ancient Alberts
by Monique Keiran
Scientists at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology and natural history writer Keiran worked together to bring about this vividly detailed account of Alberta’s rich geological history, beginning with the Big Bang and traveling into the modern era. Includes over 200 full-color photographs and 45 maps, timelines and line drawings.
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
by Jon Dunn
This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages.
Calgary Birds
by James Kavanagh
This pocket-sized reference for the bird enthusiast includes illustrations of over 120 species and a map of local birdwatching hotspots.
The Amazing Death of Calf Shirt and Other Blackfoot Stories, Three Hundred Years of Blackfoot History
by Hugh A. Dempsey
A wonderful collection of stories, illuminating the history of the Blackfoot people of the prairies of southern Alberta and northern Montana.
Voyage of a Summer Sun
by Robin Cody
In this sparkling account of adventure, encounters and, especially, of the Columbia River, Cody chronicles an 82-day voyage from source to sea, interweaving history and commentary with suspenseful tales of wind, weather, imposing dams, fearsome rapids, boulders and bears.
Canmore, Kananaskis, and the Canadian Rockies
by Pam Doyle
This photographic "teaser" to Alberta’s Rocky Mountains depicts people at work and play alongside the region’s spectacular wildlife.
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America
by David Sibley
A compact, geographically specific version of the Sibley Guide with all new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded, extremely valuable descriptions of each bird.

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