• Summer is usually the time of year in Canada where folk are looking for a weekend away. And in Canada, there’s nothing more perfect than a guest ranch and rodeo of which there is no shortage in heartland of the country – throughout the year. But there are fewer options if you’re looking for a fairly inexpensive one, without all the frills of fairground rides and other gimmicks that that can make a good old fashioned rodeo feel more like a carnival. Bridge Lake Stampede Rodeo however does offer such an option and it’s a fantastic amateur rodeo in BC that’s coming up in July.

    According to Bridge Lake’s social media page, you can book a weekend with them at their ranch and experience the “toughest sport on dirt”. Their rodeo event will include
    bull riding, bronc riding, barrel racing and roping. It’s held at the height of summer so the atmosphere is second to none. And when you’re not enjoying the rodeo, you can enjoy the beer garden with tons of refreshment options and a chance to socialize.

    Bridge Lake has always attracted hundreds each year, who brave any weather to enjoy the annual dirt kicking and traditional rodeo events. It’s also the perfect place for novices to start out.

    Entrants come of all ages, and a recent winner of the All Around Cowboy was as young as 17. With it being particularly difficult for young people to get involved in rodeo unless they’ve grown up on a ranch, the talent at that age is refreshing to see. Competitors include men and women with a prize for All Around Cowgirl as well.

    There’ll also be team events such as team roping and activities for children like the Pig Scramble.

    The rodeo has also introduced new activities in recent years. The Men’s and Women’s Whiskey Races have proven particularly popular where up to 25 contestants chase a calf around the arena together, and try and take a ribbon from its tail. This can get muddy though highly entertaining particularly if there are showers that day.

    The rodeo is due to be held on the long Canada Day weekend around 1/2 July. Events usually kick off at around 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, slack events start at 9 a.m. and the grand entry usually starts at 12 p.m.

    As an amateur rodeo, you’ll see lots of locals compete. But there is some top-notch talent nonetheless and it’s highly enjoyable if you are looking for a relaxing weekend.

    Admission fees in the past have been $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and children under and up to 12 years-old, and free for children under and up to five years-old.

    To get in some horseback riding practice before or after then and to enjoy all the benefits of staying at a ranch, you can visit the Montana Hill Guest Lodge. We have all year availability, please visit our website to enquire.