As Calgary gears up for the Greatest Show On Earth, it’s worth noting there’s going to be a whole host of changes to transit during the Calgary Stampede and Parade.
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The parade will cover 4.5 km of downtown Calgary streets:
- Begins at 6th Avenue and 3rd Street SE and travels west.
- Turns south at 6th Avenue and 10th Street SW
- Turns east at 9th Avenue and 10th Street SW
- Finishes at 9th Avenue and 4th Street SE
To make way for the parade, the following buses will be detoured on Friday between 7 am and 1 pm:
- Route 1 – west and eastbound buses affected
- Route 2 – west and northbound buses affected
- Route 4
- Route 3 – south and northbound buses affected
- Route 6
- Route 7
- Route 9 – west and eastbound buses affected
- Route 10 – south and northbound buses affected
- Route 13
- Route 18 & 112 – buses in and and out of downtown affected
- Route 24
- Route 62, 64, 109, 116 & 142
- Route 75 – buses heading for downtown affected
- Route 63 & 70 – buses heading for downtown affected
- Route 69 – eastbound buses affected
- Route 102, 103, 110, 117, 133 & 151
- Route 107 – buses heading for downtown affected
- Route 125 & 126
- Route 300 – westbound buses affected
- Route 301
- Route 302 – north and southbound buses affected
- Route 305 – west and eastbound buses affected
- Route 411 – buses in and and out of downtown affected
- Route 412
- Route 419 – south and northbound buses affected
Meanwhile, the following buses will be split into north and south legs during the parade:
- Route 17 – south and northbound buses affected
For full details of the detoured routes, check the Calgary Transit website: calgarytransit.com/service-updates, sign up for Calgary Transit email alerts, or follow Calgary Transit on Twitter @calgarytransit.
Getting to the Calgary Stampede
C-Trains run 24 hours a day during the Stampede from the evening of Thursday, July 7, to the morning of Sunday, July 17.
There are two C-Train stations that connect directly to the Stampede grounds:
- Victoria Park / Stampede Station at the north end (near the BMO Round-Up Centre)
- Erlton / Stampede Station at the south end (near the Indian Village)
The C-Train schedule will be as follows:
- From 6 to 12:45 am – every 5 to 8 minutes
- From 5 to 12:45 am – every 30 minutes
Be aware that Centre Street and City Hall stations become extremely crowded between 11:30 am and 1 pm as people head to the Stampede.
Platforms can also be very busy at the end of the night, between 10:30 and 11:30 pm as most of the Stampede shuts down at 11 pm.
There are also shuttle buses available at:
- 1 Street and 7 Ave SW
- Macleod Trail and 7 Ave SW
And if you’re travelling from Centre Street North, there will be a Stampede Express Bus – Route 304 – starting at North Pointe Terminal, with 11 stops on the way to the grounds.
Route 304 schedule:
- Every 7 – 15 minutes until 1 am
You can pre-purchase transit day passes for the duration of the Stampede for about 30% off.
The passes will be valid for the entire day to get you anywhere you need to be in Calgary.
The rate for adults will be $6.50, down from $9.50, and youth passes will be $4.50, down from $6.75.
For more info on transit during the Calgary Stampede, check the Calgary Transit website: calgarytransit.com/news/stampede-101
You can also easily walk – from the end of the parade route on 9 Avenue and 4 Street SE, it is only a 10 to 15 minute walk to the main gates.
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