Note: Road Trip Memories is a series on Traveler Ahoy where I look back at the various things I’ve seen and done on past road trips.
Rodeos are a part of Alberta’s culture and history. Of course there’s more to Alberta than rodeos and ranches, but I tend to forget that rodeos are a big part of the culture here since I’ve never been to one. There are the big rodeos like the Calgary Stampede which is held every July, and the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, held every November, but a lot of smaller towns and cities also have their own rodeo. This past weekend there were two rodeos just outside of Edmonton in Leduc and in Stony Plain. In the summer it seems like there’s some sort of rodeo every weekend.
Ponoka, a town about an hour and half south of Edmonton, has a pretty big small town rodeo – The Ponoka Stampede which is held from the end of June to the beginning of July. It’s not surprising that I found a sign detailing this cowboy statue in Ponoka, Alberta.