Ah, it’s good to be back! It’s that time of year again: plaid shirts, cowboy hats, and boots will be the uniform of choice for Calgarians and out-of-towners, and free pancakes and maple syrup will flow through the streets of Calgary!
Happy Calgary Stampede, everyone! To help you stay safe through these rambunctious ten days, the following is our top ten list – vetted and approved by Vista’s HSE team – of Stampede safety tips.
Calgary Stampede and COVID-19
The Stampede continues to follow the guidance of Alberta Health and Health Canada when it comes to vaccines and participation in activities. If you’re thinking about going, we recommend you review all the COVID-19 safety protocols for Stampede 2021. To summarize the main points:
- Mask wearing is suggested, but not required, and Stampede staff will wear masks
- Proof of vaccination may be required to enter select event venues
- A rapid test may be required to enter select event venues
- Standard sanitization methods are recommended
- You do not need to be vaccinated to attend
1. Stay hydrated
While beer is a common choice for many Stampede-goers, frequently consuming good ol’ H20 during your Stampede activities will keep you hydrated (and could save you from a nasty hangover!).
2. Wear sunscreen
It’s summertime and the sun is out! Be sure to protect yourself from harmful UV rays – even on cloudy days!
3. Don’t drive after drinking, and watch out for drunk drivers
Stay safe on those streets! If you’ve been drinking, take a cab, public transit or ride with a designated driver. Look out for impaired drivers, and be extra cautious when crossing the busy roads near the Stampede grounds.
4. Locate the emergency exits
When attending events in bars and nightclubs, be sure to know where the emergency exits are located.
5. Don’t carry large amounts of cash
Keep money and valuables in a secure location on yourself, rather than in a backpack or purse that can be easily stolen.
6. Instruct your kids on what to do if they get lost
Show your children how to locate the Lost Kids Centre on the Stampede grounds.
7. If you feel unsafe, report it
Report suspicious people or activities to the Stampede security staff or guest services.
8. Don’t forget the Pepto
Each year, the Stampede features a variety of tasty deep-fried treats, including new old classics such as poutine, corn dogs, and mini donuts, as well as fancy new creations like Peanut Butter Bacon Burger, Pickle Lemonade, and SPAMalot Mac & Cheese…mmm…but watch out! Too much deep-fried food can cause indigestion…Pepto Bismol will be your friend. Click here to check out all the new Midway Food for 2021
9. Eat lots of pancakes
In case you get bucked off a horse or have a late night, plumping up with some pancakes before your Stampede event could save your day! Be sure to look for one of the free pancake breakfast events happening throughout the city.
10. Enjoy yourself!
The key to having a safe and happy Stampede is to relax and embrace the unique spirit of the festivities. Ensure that visitors to our great city see our Calgarian hospitality by lending a hand to tourists who need assistance.