How to get to the Calgary Stampede on transit this year

Jul 5 2017, 4:56 pm

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 spans 4.5 kilometers along the following route (note it’s reversed):

  • Begins at 9th Avenue and 1st Street SE and travels west.
  • Turns north at 9th Avenue and 10th Street SW
  • Turns east at 6th Avenue and 10th Street SW
  • Finishes at 6th Avenue and 3rd Street SE

Transit detours

To make way for the parade, the following buses will be detoured on Friday between 7 am and 1 pm:

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:, 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 6, to the morning of Sunday, July 16.

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:

  • Every 5 to 8 min. – 6 am to 12:45 am
  • Every 15 to 30 min. – 12:45 am to 5 am

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 Avenue SW
  • Macleod Trail and 7 Avenue 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 to 15 min. until 1:00 a.m.

Discounted passes

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 $10, and youth passes will be $4.50, down from $7.

For more info on transit during the Calgary Stampede, check the Calgary Transit website:


You can also easily walk – from the end of the Parade route on 6 Avenue and Macleod Trail, it is only a 10 – 15 minute walk to the main gates.

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