Destinations Magazine - May/June 2018 - 49
Saddle Up for
Calgary's Wild West fest draws more
than a million people every year
old your horses" might be the wrong thing to say when it
comes to ABA member Calgary Stampede. It's best known as
the city's annual 10-day July festival that draws more than a million
visitors with its combination of rodeos, a parade, concerts, chuck
wagon racing, and theatrical events. And-holy flapjacks-dozens of
pancake breakfasts happen during the Stampede, too, including one at
the Chinook Center that draws tens of thousands of people.
Group bookings are available at 10 venues during the Stampede,
ranging from infield seat packages to evening show tickets, wine garden
admission, and various banquets and receptions. For more, call (403) 2610531 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The big news might be that events go on year-round in Stampede Park's
12 venues and 1 million-square-foot convention center, including a boat
and sportsmen's show, a wine festival, and more.
■ Calgary Stampede
JUMPING FOR JASPER
SHUTTERSTOCK; © PARKS CANADA/RYAN BRAY.
Sail the SkyTram, explore a glacier
Glacier-fed lakes. The words themselves sound cool and refreshing. That's
what your group will find at Jasper National Park. It's the largest park in the
Canadian Rockies and is northeast of Calgary and Banff National Park.
Centrally located in the park is the small, easygoing town of Jasper. If
you dare to go above the clouds, ride the Jasper SkyTram, the nation's
longest and highest such ride, climbing to the 8,100-foot peak of Whistlers
Mountain. To book, call (780) 852-3093 or email email@example.com.
You can still see the stars closer to the ground at the Jasper Planetarium,
which can customize your group's visit with a private lecture.
What to do in the park itself? Go hiking, rafting, or golfing in the summer, and ski or go dog-sledding in the colder months. Athabasca Falls, just
off the Ice Fields Parkway, roar with great force and are a must-see (and
a must-hear and must-feel!). You can also experience the ice fields themselves with a tour from Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure in a massive,
specially designed Ice Explorer bus operated by ABA member Pursuit.
It can also take your group to the Glacier Skywalk, a kilometer-long,
transparent-floored walkway that affords heart-stopping views of distant
craggy peaks and the valley floor 918 feet below.
Pursuit is ready
to take your
group on a travel
■ Jasper Planetarium | www.jasperplaneterium.com, (888) 786-3641
■ Jasper SkyTram | www.jasperskytram.com, (780) 852-3093
| www.brewster.ca, (403) 762-6700
■ Tourism Jasper
| www.jasper.travel, (780) 820-2129
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