One of the highlights of the Calgary Stampede is the fact that there are 11—yes 11!—nights of fireworks. The display is all part of the annual Grandstand Show down at Stampede Park, and its finale includes about five minutes worth of fireworks which can be seen around the city. Here are the best spots to enjoy the spectacle, which kicks off around 10:45 p.m. every night.
On the grounds
There is no question that the best place to watch the fireworks is in Stampede Park, and it doesn’t matter where on the grounds you are. If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to the Grandstand show, you’ll be torn between watching the talented performers on stage or the bright show overhead. If you’re not at the show, try to time it so you’re on the SkyRide or Ferris wheel when the fireworks start, for an uninterrupted, birds-eye view.
(Salisbury Street and 17 Ave. S.E.)
Without question, this is one of the most popular spots in the city for firework watching. Every night, people flock to the large park located in the southeast community of Ramsay. Overlooking downtown and the Saddledome, it offers a perfect view and there is usually lots of parking available. Just be sure to pack mosquito repellent!
Hillcrest Avenue in Mount Royal
Tucked away in the quiet community of Mount Royal, this has been a treasured spot for years. Winding Hillcrest Avenue borders a park and cliff, so there is nothing in the way to interrupt the epic views from the top of the hill. There is also a cute little park and lots of space along the cliffside for everyone to spread out.
Just around the corner from Stampede Park you’ll find Highfield Road, which is typically an industrial thoroughfare. But during Stampede it’s a great spot to watch the fireworks, as it’s within walking distance of the grounds, meaning you’ll both hear and see the show. The only trick is to find somewhere to safely pull over, and it’s common to find cars parked on the shoulder.
Tom Campbell Hill
(25 St. George’s Drive N.E.)
Tom Campbell’s Hill Park in northeast Calgary overlooks the Bow River as well as downtown, making for a great viewpoint without heading into the downtown core. There are also numerous hiking trails and an off-leash area, so even your four-legged friends can come along for the show!