Calgary Stampede: 100 Years

For almost 100 years, Canada’s Calgary Stampede has attracted millions to the world’s richest rodeo, and the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” that accompanies it. Every July, the 10-day festival kicks in with concerts, cultural encounters, dance parties, fairgrounds, and competitive events like bullriding and barrel racing.

In this Matador special, join travel writer and TV host Robin Esrock as he sets out to explore the Stampede, busting the myths of the rodeo, sampling unique cowboy cuisine, hanging out with real-life cowboys, connecting with First Nation tribes, and throwing himself headfirst into a gonzo-fuelled Stampede experience.

In 2012, the Stampede will celebrate its centenary, promising to be bigger and brasher than ever before. We invite you to put your white hat on, saddle up, and come along for the ride.

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Series Articles

Life on the Calgary Stampede Ranch

Robin Esrock explores the epic open range at the Calgary Stampede ranch, home of the best buckin' horses in the world.

How to be a bull rider at the Calgary Stampede

Robin Esrock jumps into the saddle at the Biggest Event at the Biggest Rodeo.

7 myths about animal treatment at the Calgary Stampede rodeo

What is the truth behind animal treatment at the Calgary Stampede?

Uncovering the Indian Village at the Calgary Stampede

Robin Esrock learns how First Nations share culture and tradition at the Calgary Stampede.

Eating balls at the Calgary Stampede

There’s no getting past the fact that these balls are, in fact, balls.

The Calgary Stampede experience

What you need, and what you can expect at the Stampede.

Calgary Stampede from morning to night

Part rodeo, part county fair, the Calgary Stampede is a ten-day festival in the southern Alberta.

How to: Be a cowboy/cowgirl for the Calgary Stampede

Real cowboys do not like loose ends.

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