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Ranch & Rodeo

See the world from horseback and get a taste of life on the range at an Alberta ranch. If you’re more into nightlife than work life, check out the many bars and clubs where the boot scootin’ boogie and making new friends are the big attractions.

History buffs will find many chances to learn about the early days of ranching and can take in eye-opening cultural experiences.

Get breathtaking views and a taste of the old West at Boundary Ranch.

Life on the range

Saddle up for an unforgettable adventure

Leave your place in the city and find a home on the range. An Alberta ranch is the best place to experience the West’s wide-open spaces and big skies.

People learning to rope at Sierra West Cabins & Ranch Vacations
There are plenty of ways to relax while staying at a working ranch.
Bar U Ranch National Historic Site offers a taste of early ranch life.

Boot scootin’ boogie

Kick up your heels and celebrate Alberta’s Western heritage

Even cowboys need to unwind. When the sun goes down, it’s time to whoop it up. Head for the saloon and learn to two-step. Or take in country music’s big names at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose. It’s just one of many music festivals with twang that pop up in Alberta.

We’ve also got plenty of rodeos where you can take in ropin’ and ridin’ from the comfort of a shady grandstand. You might even find a cowboy poet whose wry take on life will put a smile on your face.

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Take in the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth

The Calgary Stampede is a world-famous, 10-day hoedown that has been an annual event for more than 100 years. It’s a celebration of our western heritage and community spirit. It’s also one big city-wide party.

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Hold onto your hat

There’s nothing like a bucking bronco or rank bull to get the blood pumping. But it’s best to leave the riding to the experts. The Ponoka Stampede and rodeos in Alberta’s rural communities let you get close to the action while relaxing in a shady grandstand.

Dress for western success

These boots were made for buying. Head down to the Alberta Boot Company in Calgary to find handmade quality that never goes out of style. Wei’s Western Wear in Red Deer has been outfitting cowboys and rodeo fans for more than 60 years. They have everything from hats to boots to bandanas and bolo ties.

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Cultural experiences

Get a hands-on history lesson

With prairies that stretch out to the horizon and lush, green foothills, it’s no surprise that Alberta has a proud farming and ranching tradition. Attractions across the province let you see what life was like in the early days of the province

Ride into ranching history

The Bar U Ranch traces its roots back to 1882. Today, it’s Canada’s only National Historic Site that celebrates ranching. Located just an hour’s drive from Calgary, the Bar U offers horse-drawn wagon rides and the country’s largest collection of historic ranch buildings. You can even learn to rope a (replica) steer.

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site