To many locals, it’s heaven on earth. To others, it’s a whole lot of noise, rowdy parties and people dressed up like children at Halloween. Love it or hate it, the Calgary Stampede – which kicks off today – is an economic boon to the city that is anything but trivial.
The annual event, now more than 100 years in the running, is more than just a rodeo and midway. It is 10 days of festivals, music and the famous pancake breakfasts. It’s estimated that the Stampede generates $345-million in spending on events, hotels, restaurants and recreation. Without question, it is the single largest event drawing international tourists to Alberta.