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$349 to rope in the Calgary Stampede

vicky vacay deal of the dayTravel Deal for May 15, 2013

Now is the time to start planning your trip to Alberta for the annual Calgary Stampede!

The Westin Calgary features a Stampede Special Offer on its website that includes an overnight stay and tickets to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

Be one of the hundreds of thousands of visitors this year to celebrate the heritage and tradition of this legendary event, a 10-day festival including concerts, stage shows, a parade, the world’s largest rodeo, and more.

The Westin Calgary is located downtown, just a short drive or long walk from the festivities. Book your stay at recently renovated hotel and you will receive Stampede tickets with a special package that includes general admission, rodeo and/or chuckwagon and grandstand show tickets. This opportunity is valid for stays July 4, 5 and 6, and July 12, 13 and 14.

Package includes:

  • Packages with general admission start from $349
  • Packages with rodeo/general admission start from $419
  • Packages with chuckwagon/general admission start from $451 Loves the Calgary Stampede

In 2012, the Calgary Stampede celebrated its centennial in grand style and was there in force to capture the moment and memories. Managing Editor Adrian Brijbassi was impressed that “despite the big dollars and corporate presence, the Stampede manages to retain a small-town atmosphere that will charm any visitor. More than 7,000 volunteers help staff the event, greeting tourists at the airport and providing information inside and out of Stampede Park. While that’s sweet, there’s also a level of sophistication that was absent a decade or so ago, and to many who still know the city as Cowtown that may be a surprise.”

Brijbassi also writes: “This is a big-budget, world-class event. Proof of that is in the dynamic ‘Century’ Grandstand Show that ran each of the 10 nights of the 2012 Stampede. Built as a celebration of the first 100 years of The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the $3.8-million production was simply epic, and wouldn’t look out of place as part of an Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies. It featured Cirque du Soleil performers, an amazing group of young Chinese acrobats, a massive fabricated eagle that soared up to the 500 level of the grandstand and was ridden by a First Nations hoop dancer. The show was headlined by country music star Paul Brandt, a Calgarian who grew up attending the Stampede as a fan. Brandt made his entrance in spectacular fashion. Like the soaring eagle, he appeared more than 100 feet above the stage, singing on a circular platform with a circumference of no more than eight feet.”

Read more about the Calgary Stampede and its goals for 2013

To book with The Westin Calgary: Contact Gwen Bennor at 403-508-5230 or email her at

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