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Saddle Up for Authentic Western Experiences in Calgary

by Mary Melnick

Jul 2, 2024

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Destinations / North America

Family travelers looking to embark on a journey into the heart of authentic Western culture should take their travels to Calgary. In Calgary, the spirit of the Cowfolk and Indigenous people intertwine to create exciting traditions and unforgettable experiences. Saddle up and get ready for an authentic western experience with these activities:


Ranch Experience

Immerse yourself in the life of a cowboy at Anchor D Ranch. Ride through the famous Cowboy Trail, offering breathtaking landscapes while soaking up views of the Rocky Mountains. Rancher, cowboy and horse wrangler Dewy Matthews will accompany you and share facts and insights.


SAM Centre

Wander through the newly open SAM Centre, a modern ranch house in the heart of the city. SAM Centre is dedicated to preserving Calgary’s Western heritage. Guests can participate in interactive exhibits, all telling the stories of the Calgary Stampede including the fashion, agriculture and rodeos.


Bow River Pathway Network

Explore the beauty of Calgary’s Bow River, home to the longest urban pathway network in North America. Enjoy activities like river surfing and kayaking while learning about Indigenous stories.


Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

Learn more about the fascinating history of wolfdogs at Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary. Guests can even interact with the animals on an immersive tour.


Trending Western Fashion

Experience the legacy of Smithbilt, where handcrafted white hats became the symbol of belonging and hospitality for generations. Discover the artistry behind the iconic hats then head to Alberta Boot for a behind-the-scenes tour of its downtown location, housing pre-war era machinery.


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