Strathmore Heritage Days

Strathmore Heritage Days, one of the largest rodeos in Canada, (other than the Calgary Stampede)- offers around C$175,000 in prize money when the world's best cowboys and cowgirls test their skills against some mean rodeo stock.

More than 400 contestants participate in events including saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling and ladies barrel racing.

Strathmore began as a community in July 28, 1883 When Canadian Pacific forces manually laid 6.38 miles of track across the prairies to set a record. For a town this was a significant stretch of track because it ended that day on the south side of what was later to become the unloading point for thousands of settlers.

Banff Indian Days

The Siksika/Blackfoot and other Treaty No. 7 First Nations people had been visiting the mountain areas near what is now the town of Banff for many years. They hold several areas sacred, and would perform ceremonies, collect medicinal herbs, meet with other (more distant) First Nations people, and engage in various sporting and cultural activities.

In 1889 a rockslide blocked the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) near Banff, and it soon became obvious that CPR's passengers would not be going anywhere for a few days. The CPR manager had good relations with the First Nations people (then known as "Indians"), Contacted them, and asked if they could provide some entertainment for his unexpected guests.

Though the 1889 activities were expected to be a one-time event to meet a particular situation, they were so popular that they developed into a regular annual feature, and were known as "Banff Indian Days". These continued until 1978, when various factors contributed to their demise.

In 2004, some of the Stoney people, inspired and led by Roland Rollinmud - a well-known Stoney artist at Morley, decided to revive the Indian Days traditions. Their primary motivation was to re-introduce their young people to their tribal cultural traditions.




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