Ride into the Canadian wilderness with the Calgary Stampede
|Theme Park||Thorpe Park|
|Park Area||Canada Creek|
|Closed||2003 (replaced by Samurai)|
Set within Canada Creek, Calgary Stampede was a flat ride at Thorpe Park between 1993 and 2003. It was very much a fun fair ride, without much attention given to the supposed Canadian horseback theme.
However, despite looking out of place amongst the rest of the Canada Creek theming, it managed to offer a pleasing ride experience and is often fondly remembered.
The ride itself was a Troika style flat ride, with three sets of seven cars arranged in three circles, suspended from the main spinning arms. During the ride cycle, the arms would raise and tilt the sets of cars, which would spin in the opposite direction to the main arm. With the opposing spins, it gave the feeling of hurtling towards the fencing surrounding the ride, only to be whipped away inches before crashing into it!
Calgary Stampede was dismantled toward the end of the 2003 season to make way for Samurai in 2004. Apparently the ride has since made appearances on the travelling fair circuit.
Calgary Stampede being dismantled near the end of the 2003 season