When you think of a place known for cowboys, you might think of my native state of Texas or perhaps Wyoming. Even California is known for its ranches, such as Ronald Reagan’s “Western White House.” But what about Canada?
Yes, even Canada has a Wild West in its prairie provinces. The largest cowboy event in the world is the annual Calgary Stampede, going strong since 1886. This 10-day rodeo each July draws more than a million visitors to Canada’s third-largest city and is billed as the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.”
And now, you can get there from San Diego with non-stop service to Calgary — and with a choice of airlines no less!
Both Air Canada and – as of today! – WestJet now offer regular service from San Diego International Airport to “The Heart of the New West,” as Calgary bills itself. And just in time to make this year’s Calgary Stampede!
But any time of year, this oil-boom town is worth experiencing. A first-class city once named the cleanest in the world by Forbes magazine, Calgary offers diverse cultural attractions amidst gleaming modern skyscrapers. Like San Diego, Calgary is served by a light rail system, and the city serves as a gateway to outdoor adventures in the Canadian Rockies.
Here’s a story about the new WestJet service to Calgary, with details on flight times, etc.
So y’all cowboy up on a plane to our neighbor to the north and see what Calgary can do fer ya, pardner!