Travel Tips for your YYC Experience during Stampede

Travel Tips for your YYC Experience during Stampede

Wednesday, July 05, 2017 0 Uncategorized

School’s out and the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth is just around the corner. As the connector of people from around the world, we at YYC Calgary International Airport like to get our airport visitors into the Stampede spirit! Whether you are arriving, departing or stopping over to pick up your family or friends, there is plenty to check out at YYC.  

This is one of the busiest travel periods for the airport and with YYC’s expanded terminal building there’s even more to explore and enjoy when you travel through the airport this year. And be sure to take part in any of our free activities from July 5 to 16.

But first, here are some tips to help you navigate YYC during this busy travel season.

Before you get here.

Check with your airline for recommended flight check-in time and get familiar with the airline’s baggage requirements or restrictions. Visit your airline’s website, or yyc.com, to see any updates to your flight status before leaving home.


Similarly, know what you can and can’t take through security screening at the airport. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) oversees security screening and also provides information to help you move more quickly through this important process. This information is on the CATSA website.


When you arrive.

If you haven’t had a chance to fly out of YYC since our terminal expansion, remember that all flights to U.S. and other international destinations depart from the new International Terminal, with domestic flights leaving the same part of the terminal they always have.


Where to park.

We recently reduced weekly parking rates in our Economy Parking lot – our surface lot located a short walk to the airport terminal – to $64.95/week. Use YYC’s parking rate calculator and maps on yyc.com to help you find the parking option to match your needs. Parkade P1 is located closest to the Domestic Terminal, while P2 is closest to the International Terminal.


If you’re picking up family or friends at the airport, make use of our free cell phone wait lot. Located near the terminals, this lot provides you with a place to park and wait until your guests call to say they have claimed their bags and are ready to be picked up at the curb on the Arrivals Level. You can then quickly pick them up at a designated area on the curb and be on your way.

Saddle up for Stampede.

See the details of our Stampede events below. Click here to view the events calendar

White Hat Ceremonies
Every day during Stampede, White Hat Volunteers are available to provide visitors with a warm Western welcome. Book your ceremony by calling the Western Hospitality office at 403 717 3452 or via email at westernhospitality@yyc.com.

White Hat Volunteers

Free Photo Booth on July 6
Kick off Stampede at YYC and head up to the Departures Level near Montana’s to check out our free photo booth - props and instant photo sheets, giveaways and contests included, all compliments of YYC retailers! Keepin’ It Country Line Dance Club will be performing alongside the Stampede photo booth display.

Available on July 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., this is the perfect time to snap a family (or team) photo and get in the Stampede spirit.

people in photobooth

Stampede Promo Committee
Get your guests lassoed! From July 5 to 12, from noon to 10 p.m., on the International Arrivals Level, the Stampede Promo Committee will be lassoing passengers and handing out giveaways. The Stampede Committee’s musical act, Suds (Larry & Gary), will be performing old-time country favourites in front of International Arrivals.

Stampede Promo Committee Singing

Local Entertainment
“Heel, toe, do-si-do, come on baby let's go boot scootin!” On various days throughout Stampede Passengers will also have the opportunity to watch Keepin’ It Country Line Dance Club (KICLDC) perform popular line dances and even join in on the fun.

YYC will also be hosting special musical guests through July 6 to 14 located in International Arrivals and Banff Hall. See the table below for details.





July 6

Keepin’ It Country Line Dance Club

11 a.m. to noon / 1 to 2 p.m.

Banff Hall – Outside of Montana’s

July 11

Northern Hills Fiddlers

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

International Arrivals

July 12

Justine Vandergrift

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


International Arrivals

July 13

Keepin’ It Country Line Dance Club

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. / 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.


International Arrivals

July 14

Alberta Gold Chorus Choir

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

International Arrivals

Roaming Rodeo Royalty
Get your photo taken with the Cochrane Lions Rodeo Queen. On July 10 from 1 to 3 p.m., Leah Jackson, will be greeting and taking photos with guests at International Arrivals. 

Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for performance updates and details!

Remember to share your photos with us on social media using #YYCStampede.
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