Cowgirl in Cowtown- ending Calgary Stampede with Rangeland Derby and Grandstand Show

There’s so much to do and see at the Stampede Park. It is just impossible to watch all the entertainments and tour around the whole park in one day. Luckily, the festival runs for 10 days. That leaves enough time for visitors to explore and enjoy the variety of events.

Most of the entertainments requires an extra cost (e.g., concerts, rides, games, rodeo), but you could still have fun at the activities and entertainments that are free of cost.

For example, each year, Calgary Stampede presents an adrenaline pumping entertainment, featuring extreme sport athletes performing stunts. Last year, Kev and I watched the extreme water show, with jet skiers showcasing their tricks and stunts. We even saw the athletes riding on a flyboard! Just like the iron man 😛

水上表演

Extreme water show

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Cowgirl in Cowtown – my first rodeo experience at Calgary Stampede

After a quick downtown tour, we headed towards the Stampede Park for the most exciting big show! The Stampede Park is conveniently located outside the Victoria/Stampede Park station. It’s hard to miss the stop as the CTrain station has a huge Calgary Stampede sign over the pedestrian bridge. Also, this was where most people got off. Just follow the crowd~

Victoria Park / Stampede 站

Victoria Park / Stampede station

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Cowgirl in Cowtown – all the fun you could have at Calgary Stampede (downtown attractions)

Arriving Calgary this time last year, my first impression of this city was- “Wow, there are so many cowboys at this place!”

Every July, the city hosts Calgary Stampede, an annual 10-day rodeo festival. It is known as the “greatest outdoor show on Earth”, which attracts tons of visitors from all over Canada to celebrate together. During this time, the whole city transforms into a cowboy town- you can see billboard posters all around town promoting the festival; citizens dressing up as cowboy/cowgirl; or stores and restaurants with cartoony window paintings about the festival.

牛仔節廣告刊版

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一到夏天 牛仔很忙! 〈卡加利牛仔節 園區遊玩篇─下〉Calgary Stampede

要把 Stampede 園區整個逛完並把所有節目都看過一遍,一天根本就不夠用。還好牛仔節橫跨兩個周末,園區每天營業到凌晨12點。

園區內幾乎樣樣都花錢,如果大家不想額外花錢看節目,也是有其他免費又有趣的餘興節目可以選擇~

例如,每年都會安排不一樣的極限運動表演。像去年,我跟凱文就去看了水上表演 (water show)。由幾位水上摩托車好手展示特技,而且還用水上飛行器 (flyboard) 瞬間變身 iron-man,讓我們頻頻歡呼喝釆

水上表演

水上表演

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一到夏天 牛仔很忙! 〈卡加利牛仔節 園區遊玩篇-上〉Calgary Stampede

逛完市區,我們搭乘捷運紅線到 Victoria Park / Stampede 站下車。在這邊跟大家說明一下卡加利的捷運票價~ 只要是在市區範圍 (下圖綠色區塊) 搭乘捷運,皆可免買票。一但超出範圍,就要買票上車囉! (不像台灣,這邊的捷運沒有設置驗票閘門) 所以雖然我們在市區上車,但 Victoria Park 站已超出免費範圍,我們還是得花 CDN$3 買票 (可留票根於1.5小時內轉乘巴士或捷運) 。千萬別因為人多,存著僥倖的心理。如果被交通警察抓到,可是要罰 CDN$250!!

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一到夏天 牛仔很忙! 〈卡加利牛仔節 市區遊玩篇〉Calgary Stampede

今年是我第二年參加卡加利牛仔節。本來今年不打算參加的 (因為實在不想去人擠人),一直到上周六,想到就快結束了不去可惜,最後還是去感受一下氣氛~

整裝完畢,走,出發吧~~IMG_20140705_170011

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一到夏天 牛仔很忙!〈卡加利牛仔節 準備篇〉Calgary Stampede

如果你問我 :「卡加利有什麼好玩的?」我一定會說卡加利牛仔節 (Calgary Stampede) !! 

牛仔節是卡加利一年一度為期10天的盛事。每年到了七月初,就會有來自加拿大各地的觀光客來這兒 “朝聖”。在牛仔節期間,整個城市充斥著牛仔氣息。在路上,你能看到不管男女老少個個喬裝成牛仔。(穿著牛仔裝去上班一點也不奇怪!) 商店的玻璃窗上,畫有各式各樣有關牛仔的卡通。當然,少不了鄉村音樂演唱會還有酒吧串遊 (pub crawl) 啦!

星巴克櫥窗上的牛仔節畫作

星巴克櫥窗上的牛仔節畫作

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