June 29, 2016

Be prepared for Stampede this year! Here are some tips for getting around during Stampede.­­­­

The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth officially kicks off with the 104th Calgary Stampede Parade on Friday, July 8. Get there early to get the best seat in the house! CTrain service runs before, during and after the parade. All downtown CTrain stations are within one block of the Parade route.

Road closures and bus route detours become effective at 7:30 a.m., signalling the start of the Parade Prelude. At 8:55 a.m. the Main Parade begins at 3 Street SE and finishing around 12:00 p.m. at 9 Avenue and 4 Street SE. For information on bus route detours, please see Service Updates. For more information about the Parade, visit: parade.calgarystampede.com

Hundreds of thousands of float-fanatics line the streets downtown to watch over 170 entries take a 4.5 km route. When the Parade lets out, thousands make their way to the Stampede Grounds. Here are some options to get you to the grounds:

Buses on detour during the Stampede Parade:
During the Stampede parade many of our routes that travel downtown will be on detour: Route 12346791013171824626364697075102103107109110112116117125126133,  142151300301302305411412 & 419.

  1. Bus – Hop on a shuttle bus at one of these locations:
    • 1 Street and 7 Ave SW
    • Macleod Trail and 7 Ave SW
  2. Train – Take the CTrain to Victoria Park/Stampede or Erlton Stations. Please be aware that Centre Street and City Hall Stations become extremely crowded between 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. You may have to wait to get onto a CTrain, as they fill up very quickly.
  3. Walk – From the end of the Parade route on 9 Avenue and 4 Street SE, it is only a 10 – 15 minute walk to the main gates.

Here is a map showing the different options to get to the grounds.

We’re Up for Stampede – 24 Hour Ride

After a long day of Stampede fun, we’re here for you with 24 hour CTrain service. ‘Round the clock service begins the evening of July 7, and ends the morning of July 17.

CTrain Schedule:

  • Every 5 - 8 min. - 6:00 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.
  • Every 30 min. - 12:45 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Travelling from Centre Street North? The Stampede Express Bus – Route 304 starts at North Pointe Terminal and has 11 stops along the way to the Stampede Grounds.

Route 304 Schedule:

  • Every 7 – 15 min. until 1:00 a.m.

For the exact schedule and map, please use our Next Ride or Schedules feature.

Extended bus service until 1:20 am on July 7 – 17:

  • Route 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5 6, 7, 17*, 24, 112, 301, 302

*Renfrew North only

Discounted Transit Day Passes

Pre-purchase your transit day passes for Stampede week now! You can use this day pass to get anywhere in the city all day long.

Day passes are valid for one full day between July 7-17, 2016.

The special price for Adult day passes is $6.50, (reg. $9.50) and Youth day passes are $4.50 (reg. 6.75).

The transit day passes are available now at our Customer Service Centres, 7-Eleven, Mac’s and Safeway stores.

During the 10 days of Stampede they will also be available through ticket vending machines located at CTrain stations. To validate the pass, scratch the day you are travelling prior to boarding a CTrain or bus.  The pass will be valid until 4 a.m. the following day.

Stay Safe

Stampede is probably the liveliest time of the year so here are a few tips to ensure you have safe Stampede while using Calgary Transit:

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings
  • Look both ways before crossing the CTrain tracks
  • Only cross the tracks at the designated locations
  • Stand behind the yellow line
  • Hold your kids hands
  • Call 911 or use the Help phones on the platforms or in the CTrain in case of an emergency
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your safety, let any of our transit staff know 

Have fun!

Whether you’re a thrill seeker checking out the latest rides, a foodie with a taste for the newest in fried goodies, or catching the rip roaring action of the rodeo, the Calgary Stampede has something for everyone. And we’ll take you there and get you back. Have fun, and please remember to respect everyone around you!

Together, we’re going places.