What do you like best about the Calgary Stampede and why? We want to hear your stories! Most compelling comment wins this stunning leather satchel (Calgary Stampede Raiders Bag) – valued at $320 and designed for the Stampede centennial by our friends at Roots. ***Contest ends Sunday, July 15 at midnight.
***CONTEST UPDATE: Congrats to Cinda on her winning comment. Have a read and you’ll understand why she’s the lucky new owner of this gorgeous Roots Centennial Stampede bag. Well-earned if you ask us! Meanwhile, thanks to all participants! Your most awesome comments will remain a permanent part of our growing archive on ‘real’ Canadian travel culture. Toque & Canoe
“We all like to remind the rest of the country that Calgary is a modern, hip, world-class city, but there’s something about the romance of the cowboy, the First Nations and the wide open range that makes this place truly unique. And the Calgary Stampede – with its wild rodeo events, whirling Native dancers and authentic cowboy roots – seems to encompass it all, like a burst of fireworks, all sizzle and flash, exploding in one crazy, festive, rebellious week. We all have childhood memories of dressing up with our snapped shirts and six guns, playing wagon train on the back stoop or riding our hobby horses, and Stampede gives us permission to let loose and play again. When we pull on the cowboy boots and dust off our old hats, some strange spirit comes over us all. We drink, we drawl, we swagger and swing – work is sidelined for some serious summer socializing. No matter our age or appearance, our colour or creed, we’re all part of a western Canadian tribe in a city that’s really very different from any other place in the country. It’s summer and we go Stampeding, like a herd of wild horses.” Cinda