Stampede hot off the press!

Canadian Geographic has just published its Spring 2012 Travel edition, featuring a 12-page cover story on the Calgary Stampede. The issue also includes the winning submissions to the 2011 Western Heritage Values photo contest, and a fold-out map of Stampede Park showing three historical maps and some highlights of the Centennial celebrations.


These projects are part of a two-year Centennial partnership between Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Calgary Stampede that began in 2011 to celebrate “100 years of western heritage and values”.


"This partnership is the perfect fit," says Aimee Benoit, Calgary Stampede Archivist. “The Geographic Society’s mandate is to make Canada better known to Canadians and the Calgary Stampede is a Canadian icon, recognized around the world.”


The partnership includes a number of other features:


  • During the month of February, over 10,000 teacher packs were distributed to elementary schools across Canada.
  • Historical and future maps of Stampede Park were added to the existingonline map.   
  • A thematic module was added in the Canadian Atlas Online, including six bilingual classroom activities for grades 2 to 11.
  • Stampede Trivia Contest went online. Those who answer five questions correctly are entered for a chance to win a Calgary Stampede leather bound journal and a black gloss and amber marbled pen — the perfect tools to record the fun at the Stampede’s Centennial celebration.
  • On April 20, the “Western Spirit” photo contest will be launched in the May 2012 Travel edition of Canadian Geographic where anyone is welcome to send in their photo interpretation of what western spirit means (stay tuned for more details).
  • From July 6-15, there will be a display of the 2011 Western Heritage Values photo contest winners in the Western Showcase committee’s Western Photo Gallery at Stampede Park. The winners were announced in November after a call for submission after the 2011 Stampede. The grand prize went to 14-year-old Jenaya Launstein from Pincher Creek, Alta.


Pick up the Canadian Geographic Travel Spring 2012 edition on newsstands now.