- Type: Sports
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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If the Calgary Stampede doesn't satisfy your appetite for equine action, make your way to Spruce Meadows. This top-notch sporting facility—whose name springs from the surrounding spruce trees—hosts some of Canada's most prominent horseback riding events. Here, talented jockeys compete for national titles (and prize money) in adrenaline-pumping events like show-jumping and cross-country. According to one TripAdvisor user, "Stampede comes but once a year and is full of tourists. Spruce Meadous is where you see real Calgarians (and their pets) enjoying themselves each summer."
For visitors, Spruce Meadows is more than your average riding arena. You can get up close and personal with the horses while touring the stables, explore the exquisitely manicured gardens, or let the kiddos run wild at the Canadian Superstore Playground. The facility also hosts numerous events, like the Christmas Market.
Spruce Meadows is open every day of the year, although hours may vary depending on the season. General admission, which includes rush seating, is $5 CAD (about $5 USD) for adults. Senior citizens and kids 12 and under are welcome free of charge. To learn more about Spruce Meadows and for a complete listing of upcoming events, visit the facility's official website.