The Western Experience!
Hit the trail. Explore cowboy country. There's plenty of the wild, wild, west to experience!
Be a cowboy in the city.
Calgarians celebrate their western heritage with visitors every July at the Greatest Outdoor show on Earth - the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede. There are 10 action-packed days of glittering parades, pancake breakfasts, rugged rodeos and dancing in the streets.
Take a horseback adventure in the majestic Canadian Rockies. Calgary and area guest ranches and resorts are just minutes away from the city.
Saddle up for an hour, the day or a week.
There are trips for both the tenderfoot and more experienced riders. Qualified guides will take care of you. Roam over an endless playground of gentle terrain. Breathe in fresh air. Marvel at the magnificent mountains, lakes and meadows.
You might want to shine up your belt buckle, pull on your boots, grab some friends and arrange your own rodeo. Or become a real wrangler and take part in a cattle drive. or try your hand at roping.
You can also watch the professional cowboys in action. from bull riding to chuckwagon racing the action is fast and exciting. Various rodeo associations hold events throughout the year at locations in and around the city.
Spend a day with the family. Bring the children and grandparents. Hop on board for a hay ride or sleigh ride. You might want to try your luck at a game of horseshoes, take in a rodeo or just enjoy the natural surroundings.
At the end of the day, kick back and relax. Enjoy a wholesome, hearty meal. Sink your teeth into a barbecued steak, beef-on-a-bun or a western buffet. Friendly hosts, home-style cooking and genuine hospitality are part of the Western tradition.
Later in the evening, kick up your heels at a rustic dance hall. Watch the flames dance over a crackling fire or simply enjoy the stars in the cool mountain sky.
Let the rustle of the wind lull you to sleep in a log cabin or lodge at the ranch. Nod off to the sounds of the forest. Nestle in the warmth of your tent in the woods.
The western spirit continues throughout the year at local saloons and western outfitting stores. Pull up a stool in one of the local western bars. Invite your partner to two-step or join in a line dance to a live country band. Look your western best in western wear from boots to hats, jeans to bolo ties available at specialty western stores scattered throughout the city. Take a part of the west back with you. Unique gifts and specialty items from sculptures to paintings, jewelry to novelties are available at stores and attractions both within the outside city.