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Calgary Stampede

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States-side visitors to Canada might think that cowboys stopped at the border, but every July, one summer event in Calgary proves 'em wrong while delighting tons of Canadians who eagerly await the event.

The Calgary Stampede, which modestly refers to itself as The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, comes to town each summer and stays for around 10 days. It is, in fact, the world's largest outdoor rodeo, and features a number of different rodeo events, as well as concerts, agricultural competitions, and exhibitions by indigenous peoples.

For the duration of The Calgary Stampede, most events, except for a pancake breakfast or two, take place at Stampede Park, located in the southeast part of the city, a short way from downtown, and a simple ride on The C-Train. In some form or another, the event has been happening since the late 1800s, and a number of the more buttoned-up businesses in town get into the spirit by decorating to reflect the western theme.

The Calgary Stampede is not without a little bit of controversy, though. In addition to animal rights activists criticizing the use of animals for rodeo events, The Chuckwagon, a popular race around the track using chuckwagons, has not been without incident, though usually the fault there lies in the carelessness of humans making foolhardy race choices.

Most of the hotels in Calgary are packed during this event, so you better make reservations early. Some conveniently located accommodations include The Calgary Marriott Hotel, The Hotel Arts, and The Best Western Calgary Centre Inn.

Not just open in July, a number of different rodeo competitions occur in Stampede Park, though none of them are quite as huge in scale and popularity.

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