Calgary Stampede Information
The Calgary Stampede, the world’s biggest celebration of cowboy culture, will take place from July 5th to July 14th in 2013. The Stampede is many things- a rodeo, an exhibition and a festival, and more. As such, it is a huge event, so it can be difficult to navigate. Here is your guide to the Calgary Stampede, from picking up your RV or car rental at the airport to parking and getting amongst it!
Tickets for the Stampede are best purchased in advance as it is a popular event! Park Admission tickets are $16 for general admission and $8 for children and seniors, and allow you access to lots of exhibitions, shows, concerts and other entertainment. Separate tickets are required for special events such as the daily rodeo and the evening shows. There are several special events with free or reduced admission prices over the 10 days, which you can see here on the Stampede website.
Parking is obviously at a premium during the Stampede. The Stampede takes place at Stampede Park, just southeast of downtown which makes it easy to reach by public transport, but hard to find a parking spot! Reserved parking is available at the north end of the park for $55-$60 a day, and for a cheaper option, find a public parking lot nearby and walk or use public transport to get to the Stampede. Extra buses run during the event.
You will need to think about your vehicle rental in advance as these will be booked out quickly! If you are flying into Calgary book online here at calgaryairportcarrental.net. If you are considering a motorhome rental visit rvrentalsalefindercanada.com for the Calgary RV rental suppliers. If you want to incorporate a visit to the Stampede into a wider road trip, a pick-up in another Canadian city such as Edmonton, Kelowna, Vancouver would be a good idea, and would mean it is more likely you would get the car or RV that you want due to less demand.
The Stampede Park can be found on 12th Ave SE and Macleod Trail SE. Stampede Trail goes through the middle of the different venues in the Park area. This is only a few minute’s walk from downtown, so any hotel near central Calgary would be a great place to stay and may even solve your parking problems! RV Parks and campgrounds are dotted around the city limits if you are looking for cheaper places to stay.
Stampede Park is open from 11am to midnight during the Stampede.