The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth

The main attraction of our summer this year was a trip to the Calgary Stampede, we arrived in Canada July 6th.  We set up camp in Bow Valley Provincial Park in Kananaskis County 45 minutes west of Calgary.

The Canadian Rockies at Bow Valley Provincial Park

The Canadian Rockies at Bow Valley Provincial Park

The people were very friendly, the park clean and peaceful with a great bike trail, hiking trails and the ever flowing Bow River.

On Monday we attended the evening Grandstand “BarnBurner” Show.  The fast-moving, very competitive Chuckwagon Races started the show.  After their completion the TransAlta Grandstand Show began.  This musical extravaganza incorporated the best technology, pyrotechnics, daring stunts, costumes, and sets.  The grand finale was a spectacular fireworks show.  Watch the following video, granted it isn’t as spectacular as being there but it will give you a taste of what you missed.

We were surprised to find 12 Texas cowboys and 5  Texas cowgirls competing in events the day we attended the rodeo.  Of those 17, 2 were local Decatur boys Cliff Cooper & Mike Lee.  Trevor Brazile and Tuff Cooper had competed the day before.

Mike Lee riding Stupid Trent

Mike Lee riding Stupid Trent

The Day's Final Score Board

The Day’s Final Score Board

The top cowboys of the day

The top cowboys of the day

 Calgary Stampede Band performing at intermission.

Calgary Stampede Band performing at intermission.

Our remaining time in Canada was spent touring the surrounding area and enjoying our Canadian neighbors in our camp.  We spent a time in Canmore, Banff, and Lake Louise. We saw dramatic and fabulous scenery, met friendly and welcoming people, enjoyed long days (sun up @0430, sunset 2145), cool temperatures, and scrumptious food.

Alberta's state flower the wild rose

Alberta’s state flower the wild rose

The Calgary Tower, downtown Calgary

The Calgary Tower, downtown Calgary

The Bow River on the way to Banff & Canmore

The Bow River on the way to Banff & Canmore

 

Banff National Park

Banff National Park

Lake Louise Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise Alberta, Canada

Chateau Lake Louise

Chateau Lake Louise

Karl & Joan at Lake Louise

Karl & Joan at Lake Louise

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

3 thoughts on “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth

  1. Thank you for pictures of an area and events that I’ve never seen. The fireworks show was indeed spectacular.
    Lillian

  2. Loved the photos of such beautiful country, but loved the photo of you and Karl the best!!! What great adventures you two have together. Thanks for sharing!

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