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How To Make The Most Of Your Calgary Stampede Trip

It's well known that the Stampede is synonymous with rodeo, cowboys, and a celebration of Western Canadian culture. But besides the rodeo and chuckwagon events, there are also a huge midway, live music shows, and cultural and festival events. The festivities spill across the entire city, so if you're in Calgary for more than a day or two, make sure to check for events off-site too.
Regarded by some as the "unofficial capital" of Alberta, Calgary is the province's largest city and Canada's fifth largest central metropolitan area. Driven by the growth of the energy sector, the city has seen a boom in population and urbanization in recent years. Calgary's political landscape was shaken up by the mayoral election of Naheed Nenshi, Canada’s first Muslim mayor. The city is synonymous with rodeos, cowboys, and theme rides thanks to the annual Calgary Stampede. It's also home to the Calgary Flames NHL team and the CFL's Calgary Stampeders.