Get your fall cozy on at the Community Fall Fair with horse-drawn wagon rides, live music around the fire, a local market, pumpkin spice pancakes and more!

On Saturday, October 15, the Calgary Stampede will host its first Community Fall Fair in ENMAX Park. Since officially opening in June of 2016, the beautiful park has hosted the President’s Event and been home to Indian Village during Stampede time. The Community Fall Fair is simply one more event that will showcase the spectacular new green space within Stampede Park.
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10 things to see and do at Stampede 2016

Axe throwing, deep fried tequila shots, a 45-foot tall spinning ride, an international pavilion, a fire-lit tight-rope walker and a beautiful, new, 16-acre park are just a few of the new offerings to check out this Stampede. What’s your Stampede thing?

1. Ride the Stampede’s new ride

A new ride means a new opportunity for challenging yourself and your friends; Spin Out is a 45-foot tall rotating claw that spins you in every way imaginable – including spinning while you’re hanging upside down! For information on our other rides and ride packages, check out:

Spin Out

Spin Out


2. Watch rescue dogs perform jaw-dropping tricks at the Dog Bowl

These rescue dogs and dogs adopted from shelters, of multiple sizes and breeds, prove that you can do anything you set your mind to, and overcome any obstacles in your way; watch as these dogs defy gravity through freestyle Frisbee disc, flyball racing and high jumping agility demonstrations. Be sure to stay until the end of the show for the exhilarating dock diving act. Canine Stars will motivate you to go home and train your pooch a new trick or two.

The Dog Bowl will feature six shows daily with room for more than 2,000 dog lovers per show. Daily shows are at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. In addition, on Suncor Family Day and BMO Kids’ Day, the first show will be at 10:30 a.m. Sneak-A-Peek on Thursday, July 7 will feature two shows at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Canine Stars

Canine Stars


3. Relax by the river in Indian Village’s new home in the brand new ENMAX Park

Stampede Park’s newest green space, a beautiful inner city public park and gathering space, is the new home to Indian Village presented by Penn West. Located by the MacDonald Entry, and across the bridge from Kids’ Midway, you can experience a number of activities at Indian Village including daily dance demonstrations and  tipi raising competitions, cooking demonstrations over a an open fire, and traditional arts and crafts created by Treaty 7 artisans. Don’t forget that the Bannok Booth has also moved with Indian Village to ENMAX Park so be sure to grab some doughy goodness and relax and enjoy it on the lush green grass.

Indian Village’s first event, the Opening Ceremonies and Camp Moving Ceremony on Friday, July 8, the first day of the 2016 Calgary Stampede.

Indian Village has moved to beautiful ENMAX Park!

Indian Village has moved to beautiful ENMAX Park!

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A tour of ENMAX Park

Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to get outside and enjoy the city! This past weekend, I took a detour along the Elbow River and through the newly completed ENMAX Park. An exciting addition to Stampede Park in 2016, ENMAX Park will serve as Indian Village’s new home during Stampede and function as a inner-city green space year round.


Calgary is known for our extensive network of pathways, totalling almost 800 km throughout the city, and ENMAX Park lies at the heart of it all. A few hundred metres from where the Elbow and Bow River pathways converge, and a stone’s throw from the Stampede facilities, the Park is an oasis.

New bridge

You can stroll or ride along the river, relax on a bench, and check out the new public art piece, Rainbow Trout.

Rainbow Trout

If you are feeling up to it, you can even climb the stairs for an unbelievable view of Stampede Park and downtown Calgary.


And what about during Stampede?  The new ENMAX Park is more than three times the size of Indian Village’s previous location and will allow the 26 tipis, representing the five nations of Treaty 7, to be arranged in a traditional circle formation. The expansive green space includes a performance pavilion and the refurbished Sweetgrass Lodge. Visitors will find all their favourite Indian Village activities in the new location, including cooking demonstrations, tipi raising competitions, and traditional arts and craft displays. The Bannock Booth is also moving to ENMAX Park and will be housed in Sweetgrass Lodge.  Official Opening Ceremonies and Camp Moving Ceremony for Indian Village will take place on Friday, July 8, the first day of Calgary Stampede 2016. You will be able to access the park via a new pedestrian bridge near the Kids’ Midway area and the new MacDonald Avenue Pedestrian Entry.

There are just over 30 days until Stampede 2016, which gives you plenty of time to check out ENMAX Park before the grand opening. In it’s inaugural spring, ENMAX Park is shaping up to be a beautiful inner-city green space that Calgarians can enjoy year round!

Behind the scenes of Stampede’s newest public art piece, Rainbow Trout

The newest piece of Calgary Stampede public art, Rainbow Trout, was unveiled today. Years of experience and months of thought, planning and construction went into this piece, created by Calgary Artist Jeff de Boer. The piece is the first of five public art pieces planned for ENMAX Park.

The 6.5 metre sculpture took de Boer and his team more 2,000 hours to build, 750 of which were spent grinding and polishing the base. Powder coated stainless steel and aluminum sheet metal make up the six sections of the trout body that was fabricated in de Boer’s Ramsay studio. The stainless steel pipe base structure was also fabricated in Calgary and employed two people full time during these tough economic times.

Jeff de Boer studio

For de Boer, Rainbow Trout is the product of a lifetime of developing his ideas and skills. His experiences with great works of modern art from around the world are reflected in this sculpture. The stainless steel pipe structure takes its inspiration from Japanese splashing wave patterns. The engineering and lines of the pipe get their strength from the same principles as gothic arches. The back supports for the fish body components are external decorative structures like flying buttresses. The open work and use of light and color to detail the fish image are similar to stained glass. “This sculpture is the product of a long journey of a community and, from that, myself,” said de Boer.

Jeff de Boer

Raised in Calgary, de Boer grew up fishing the Bow and Elbow rivers. So why not a Rainbow Trout where the Elbow enters the Bow? It’s a crossroads of two rivers and a metaphor for evolution, history and culture. Rainbow Trout speaks to diversity, cultural excitement and energy in Calgary. Its forms and shapes are both literal and abstract, bright and sophisticated.

Lit by LED lights, Rainbow Trout takes on an entirely different and spectacular look at night. Each panel is interesting to view on its own, but as an added delight, there is a “sweet spot” from which to view the sculpture where the whole design comes together to reveal the complete image.

Rainbow Trout

The de Boer name is not new to the Stampede story.  de Boer’s father helped build the Union 76 Clock Tower that was once an iconic meeting place for Stampede goers. de Boer hopes Rainbow Trout becomes another iconic meeting place to visitors of ENMAX Park and ultimately Stampede Park.

Rainbow Trout welcomes the community at the north entrance of ENMAX Park near the historical MacDonald Bridge. Displaying public art in ENMAX Park is part of the overall vision to make Stampede Park a year-round gathering place. Designed to be an open-air museum and outdoor classroom, ENMAX Park is also a way for us to share our stories of western heritage, our commitment to environmental stewardship and the milestones of Calgary’s rich history with the community.

Meet Allison Healy, Tipi Owner from the Blood Tribe (Kainai Nation)

This year, Indian Village moves to ENMAX Park. The 26 tipis represent the five nations of Treaty 7: Kainai, Tsuut’ina, Stoney Nakoda, Siksika and Piikani. Each tipi has a unique design on the outside. Approximately 500 people will live in Indian Village during the 10 days, with daily performances adding another 1,000 people per day. More than 40 competitions and events take place in Indian Village during the July Stampede.

In part two of a five part series, we speak with a tipi owner from each of the five tribes of Treaty 7. Today’s blog post is a chat with Allison Healy of Kainai Nation.

After celebrating their 30th year at Indian Village presented by PennWest last summer, the Healy family will once again set up their tipi, adorned with yellow and green paint featuring a water serpent, along with elk and deer. In what started through a family connection, Allison Healy and her family are regulars and very involved.

Allison’s late husband, Earl, started helping at Indian Village in the early 1980s. Once an opening for a new tipi owner came up, Earl and the Healys took it.

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Calgary Stampede’s new bridge wins Award of Merit for innovative design

A new bridge that spans the Elbow River, from main Stampede Park to the Stampede’s new ENMAX Park, was recognized by the Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) for its thoughtful design that accommodates western lifestyle and flood resistance. The bridge was completed in June 2015, just in time for Stampede, to replace the old “blue bridge” that was lost during the flood of 2013.

Members of the bridge construction team accepting the CEA’s Award of Merit

Members of the bridge construction team accepting the CEA’s Award of Merit

I spoke with Mark Bowen of Read Jones Chistoffersen Ltd. who accepted the award on behalf of the team and he told me about the planning and construction of the new bridge, and how the design accommodates all of the bridge’s different users.

The bridge connects Stampede Park’s ENMAX Park with the main land. Photo by Roy Ooms.

The bridge connects Stampede Park’s ENMAX Park with the main land. Photo by Roy Ooms.

Protecting the river while protecting Stampede Park from flooding

Based on its location across the Elbow River’s floodway, the new bridge was to be as flood-proof as possible. “Normal practice in bridge design is to lift the bridge deck above the flood level to minimize obstructions in the river. This project presented unique challenges in the mitigation of flood flows and the design of the deck to withstand the applied loads from flood conditions,” Bowen explained. Continue reading

Meet Noran Calf Robe, Indian Village Tipi Owner from Siksika Nation

This year, Indian Village moves to ENMAX Park. The 26 tipis represent the five nations of Treaty 7: Kainai, Tsuut’ina, Stoney Nakoda, Siksika and Piikani. Each tipi has a unique design on the outside. Approximately 500 people will live in Indian Village during the 10 days, with daily performances adding another 1,000 people per day. More than 40 competitions and events take place in Indian Village during the July Stampede.

We caught up with tipi owner Noran Calf Robe whose family has been attending the Calgary Stampede for more than 100 years.

Visitors to Indian Village may recognize recurring tipis and owners year-after-year. The tipi painted with a buffalo belongs to the Calf Robes and has been a part of the Calgary Stampede from the beginning. Continue reading

Introducing Jeff de Boer

I know that all you culture cravers and urban art aficionados are eagerly awaiting the opening of ENMAX Park in July 2016—since we announced that local artist, Jeff de Boer was selected to create a new sculpture to grace the MacDonald Bridge entrance earlier this year, the community has been abuzz with excitement!

Photo credit: Jeff de Boer website

Photo credit: Jeff de Boer website

I got the opportunity to tour de Boer’s studio and learn more about his work, as well as what inspires him to create.

de Boer is a multimedia artist, best-known for his whimsical metal sculptures—you may have seen his work at the Calgary International Airport (Tin Toy) or Cyclone, at the Glenbow Museum. He’s also received a Board of Governors Award of Excellence for his work instructing at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD). An ACAD graduate, who majored in jewelry design, de Boer now works with various mediums to create pieces that surprise, delight and make memories. Continue reading