You can’t talk about Calgary tourism without mentioning those 10 days in July kicking off with the parade on the first Friday of the month. The Calgary Stampede is a celebration of Western Canadian culture featuring cowgirls, cowboys, rodeo, chuck wagons, pancakes and more. It’s like a citywide 10 day party with fireworks every night. The stampede grounds is the epicentre of the fun and excitement, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only thing going on in town. Split up the afternoon rodeo and evening chuck wagon races if you plan to see both. We made the mistake of seeing both in one day once and it was just too much.
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Scotsman’s Hill in the neighbourhood of Ramsay is the iconic postcard view of Calgary downtown with the Calgary Tower and Saddledome in the foreground. This place is amazing for fireworks during the Calgary Stampede. You can’t drive here during those 10 days in July, but you can walk. Well worth it. This photo was taken during the Great Flood of 2013 where all of downtown Calgary was flooded and the power went out. Everything was quiet there that day except for the roaring power of the Elbow River. Just weeks later, Calgarians still put on the Calgary Stampede come hell or high water. I still have that t-shirt kicking around. Continue reading “Top 3 City Views of Calgary”