Calgary Stampede Agricultural Tour

Calgary Stampede Agricultural Tour July 4th to July 12th, 2016 Agricultural & Tour Highlights Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Banff Gondola, Lake Minnewan...
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Calgary Stampede Agricultural Tour July 4th to July 12th, 2016

Agricultural & Tour Highlights Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Banff Gondola, Lake Minnewanka Boat Cruise, Banff National Park, Kootenay National Park, Dave Lantz beef & cropping Farm, Frank Slide, Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump, Lethbridge Research Centre, Frontier Western Wear store, Feedlot Visit, Bar U Ranch National Historic Site, Highway 22 “The Cowboy Trail”, Bison Ranch Visit, Calgary Stampede Park, Calgary Stampede Rodeo & Chuck Wagons, Grandstand Show, Angus Ranch, Commercial Beef operation

DAY 1: MONDAY, JULY 4th 2016 (BD) CALGARY / BANFF TOUR STARTS AT THE INTERNATIONAL HOTEL DOWNTOWN CALGARY 220 4th Avenue SW, Calgary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D =Dinner) 9am meet in the lobby at the International Hotel— 15 minute tour briefing 9:30am Transfer out to Banff National park Following the Trans-Canada Highway, watch the Olympic city dissolve into the foothills, as the majestic Rockies rise ahead. Upon arrival into Banff take a ride up the Gondola for a panoramic 360ø view of the Banff area. Today's sightseeing in Banff will highlight many local delights including Bow Falls, the Hoodoo Lookout, and Surprise Corner. You will also cruise for 60 minutes on Lake Minnewanka, one of Alberta's largest bodies of water, beneath the jagged peaks of Mt. Aylmer and Inglismaldie, the hoodoo clusters and into Devil's Gap. Welcome Dinner Overnight Banff

DAY 2: TUESDAY, JULY 5th 2016 (B) BANFF / FERNIE Breakfast then check out of hotel 7:00am Early morning transfer to Lake Louise & Moraine Lake 8:00am – 10:00pm Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Lake Louise has become symbolic of the quintessentially Canadian mountain scene. This alpine lake, known for its sparkling blue waters, is situated at the base of impressive glacier-clad peaks that have long been at the heart of Canadian mountaineering. Located nearby, Moraine Lake, with its indigo blue waters surrounded by the Valley of the Ten Peaks, is another one of Canada’s most iconic lakes. 10:00pm – 12:00pm Transfer to Radium 12:00pm- 1:00 Lunch in Radium 3:00pm – 5:00pm Dave Lantz Ranch visit Here you will visit a small beef herd, an irrigated hay, pumpkins , squash ,corn and herb operation. 5:00pm – 6:30pm Transfer to Fernie 7:30pm Group Dinner Overnight Fernie

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY, JULY 6th 2016 FERNIE / LETHBRIDGE (BD) Breakfast at hotel 8:00am – 9:30pm transfer to Frank slide - Break to stretch/Take pictures 9:30am – 11:00am Transfer to Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump 11:00am – 1:30pm Visit & Lunch Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is an archaeological site known around the world as a remarkable testimony of the life of the Plains People through the millennia. The Jump bears witness to a method of hunting practiced by native people of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years. Due to their excellent understanding of the regional topography and bison behaviour, native people hunted bison by stampeding them over a precipice. They then carved up the carcasses and dragged the pieces to be butchered and processed in the butchering camp set up on the flats beyond the cliffs. 2pm – 4pm Soderglen Ranches Ltd. is one of the largest Seedstock cattle operations in Canada, and the company’s land base has grown to include ranches northwest of Airdrie, southwest of Fort Macleod and southeast of Cardston. Soderglen raises grain and a variety of beef breeds – including two they have developed – concentrating on genetics of the beef business and outstanding customer service. Soderglen Breeds: Red Simmental, Red Angus, Red MAX , Charolais, CCM, Black Simmental, Black Angus, Black MAX 4pm Check in to Hotel , free time to freshen up and relax, 7pm Group Dinner Overnight Lethbridge

DAY 4: THURSDAY, JULY 7th 2016 LETHBRIDGE / CALGARY (B) Breakfast/Check out 9:00am Morning Angus Ranch—to be confirmed 11:30am The Lethbridge Research Centre (LRC) is one of the largest facilities within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's national network of 19 research centres. Located in southern Alberta, the centre was established in 1906 in a ideal location to address issues related to sustainable crop production systems under dry land and irrigated conditions, environmental issues associated with a semi-arid climate, and beef production systems. It conducts research in four main areas:

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Beef Cattle Science Crop and Livestock Biotechnology Platforms Sustainable Crop and Livestock Production Systems Environmental Impact of Agriculture

2:30pm Frontier Western Wear Frontier Western Shop is a full service western tack, clothing and gift store located in the heart of southern Alberta's ranch and rodeo country in Claresholm, Alberta. Pick up some western wear for the Calgary Stampede!! Overnight International Hotel downtown Calgary

DAY 5: FRIDAY, JULY 8th 2016, CALGARY (B) EXPERIENCE THE GREATEST OUTDOOR SHOW ON EARTH You are invited guest to the Calgary Stampede International room - meet the committee members and make agricultural connections before taking in the rodeo action. You will be given reserved seat tickets to the Calgary Stampede – explore Stampede Park on your own and then see the rodeo action starting daily at 1:15pm. The World’s Richest Rodeo featuring the world’s toughest competitors. There are six events that happen daily including: ladies barrel racing, bareback, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc and bull riding. Access to the Calgary Stampede International room on both days of the Calgary Stampede Located on the 2nd Floor of the centrally located Agriculture Building on Stampede Park, the International Room provides a relaxing and hospitable environment in which international visitors can enjoy some western hospitality and learn about Alberta's diverse agricultural economy. Overnight: International Hotel downtown Calgary

DAY 6: SATURDAY, JULY 9th 2016, CALGARY (BL) 8:00am – 9:00am Transfer to Millerville 9:00am – 10:00am Millarville Farmers Market Celebrate knowing your farmer, baker and candlestick maker! The people behind the tables at the Millarville Farmers' market are the real deal. They are the growers, farmers, makers, bakers, and artists. Ask them about their farm, their art, their love of what they do. 10:00am – 12:00pm Farm Visit 12:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch & Tour at Bar U Picture 160,000 acres of unfenced grassland, 30,000 head of grazing cattle, 1,000 head of top blood Percherons. This is the way it was for the world renowned Bar U - one of the first, most successful and most enduring large scale ranching operations in Canada. Set in the rolling foothills of the Rockies, the Bar U Ranch is the only National Historic Site to commemorate the history and importance of ranching in Canada. The site has many historic buildings and structures, illustrating various stages of ranching development, and is rich in cultural landscape features. 2:00pm – 4:00pm Visit a large high tech feedlot Dinner on your own in Calgary Overnight: International Hotel downtown Calgary

DAY 7: SUNDAY, JULY 10th 2016, CALGARY (B) Every night at 7:45 p.m. the Calgary Stampede presents the world’s most unique entertainment doubleheader. The GMC Rangeland Derby has been described as NASCAR for cowboys, featuring four wagons, nine heats, and excitement that is measured on the Richter Scale. When the last wagon thunders across the finish line, prepare yourself for the TransAlta Grandstand Show: a variety extravaganza that includes comedy, elaborate song and dance numbers, acrobatics and the spectacular fireworks finale. The stage alone is an engineering marvel. The night will be among the most memorable of your life! Overnight: International Hotel downtown Calgary

DAY 8: MONDAY, JULY 11th 2016 CALGARY (BLD) Morning visit to Dave Lantz grain operation This operation consists of 5500 acres of wheat, Oats, Barley and Canola. GLENGARY BISON RANCH VISIT Glengary Bison was established in 1997.and located just a short drive North of Calgary and is operated by Gary Sweetnam and Cynthia Austin. Glengary Bison vision is to produce and promote top quality bison for breeding, as well as providing a unique, affordable, and wonderful red meat source for today’s health conscious consumer. Glengary bison are processed at a provincial government inspected abattoir which is the finest and cleanest in Alberta. All of our products are 100% bison and are represented as such; no filler or any other meat source is added in production. In September of 2003 we built an on-site farm store and installed a walk-in freezer in order to keep pace with this expanding industry. Farewell Dinner—Calgary Tower Overnight: International Hotel downtown Calgary DAY 9: TUESDAY, JULY 12th 2016 (B) Breakfast at hotel / Tour Ends!

CALGARY STAMPEDE AGRICULTURAL TOUR PRICING Twin Rate Land Only: CAD $3,226 per person Single Rate Land Only: CAD $4308 CAD $500 per person deposit to hold your seat! (This tour is limited to 30 passengers, first come first served!)

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