Ultimate Calgary Stampede Experience with GMC Canada Day 1
Every July, the Calgary Stampede attracts over 1.2 million visitors making it one of the world’s biggest rodeo and Western festival.Â We got invited by GMC Canada to experience theÂ Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.
Upon arriving in Calgary, we got suited and booted with finest Western gear atÂ Lammleâ€™s Western Wear & Tack inÂ Stephen Avenue Walk.
It was a little overwhelming with hundreds of boot style to choose from. Luckily, I was shopping #likeapro and picked out my boots within 10 minutes. The sleek rounded toe Ariat bootÂ caught my eye plus they were very comfortable out of the store.
For our road trip to OH Ranch, we got to picked our ride from GMC’s top-of-the-line trucks andÂ SUVs lineup – GMC Sierra,Â GMC Canyon,Â GMC Acadia andÂ GMC Terrain. All equipped with DenaliÂ premium package which included more refined cabin, signature style elements, and the latest safety and driver-alert technologies.
We chose the flagship 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali. The luxury pickup truck features GMC signature LED lighting, Denali chrome accents, bold three-bar grille andÂ 20-inch ultra-bright machined-aluminum wheels.
Under the hood, it’s powered by 6.2-litre EcoTech3 V-8 engine producing 420 horsepower andÂ 460 lb. ft. of torque. With Active Fuel Management, it can shut down half of the engineâ€™s cylinders in order to improveÂ fuelÂ economy.
The luxurious Sierra Denali cabin is quite, spacious and comfortable with 12-way power leather seats, soft-touch instrument panel andÂ real, brushed-aluminum trim.
The 2018 Sierra is decked out with the latest connectivity options like 4G LTE, USB, Bluetooth and Qi wireless charging. One of my favourite feature is the built-in Wi-Fi hotspot which can connect up to seven devicesÂ connected simultaneously. We were able to streamed our Spotify playlist and updated our Instagram stories while on the road.
In addition, GMC IntelliLink infotainment systems is compatible with both Apple CarPlay andÂ Android Auto so you can use your smartphone to accessÂ Google Maps, Google Now and GoogleÂ Assistant.
The Sierra Denali comes standard with Magnetic Ride Control System which adjusts the suspensionÂ of the vehicle in real time in response to changes in the road to offer a smooth ride even when on rough terrain.
It’s also equipped with the state-of-the-art safety and driver-alert technologies likeÂ Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking,Â Lane Keep Assist,Â Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Driver Seat, Hill Start Assist, Front and Rear Park Assist, Rear Vision Camera and OnStar.
LocatedÂ one and a half hour south of Calgary,Â OH Ranch Heritage Rangeland is a 8,000 acre working ranch in Longview.Â The OH Ranch was established in 1881 by Orville Hawkins Smith and Lafayette French. The OH brand is one of the oldest brand in Western Canada and is from Orvilleâ€™s first initials.
In 2012, Bill Siebens donated the historic property to the Calgary Stampede Foundation. Since taking ownership, Calgary Stampede has preserve the western authenticity of the working OH Ranch and protectÂ the natural environment and wildlife unique to Alberta.
After lunch, we went on a two hour horseback tour around the OH Ranch property. I was paired up with Barney. He is very social and always want to be first in line with the lead horse.
It was a fun afternoon riding along the rolling foothills of Southern Alberta.
At the ranch, GMC also debuted the next generation 2019Â GMC Sierra 1500 Denali.
The completely redesigned luxury pickup truck is bigger and bolder with aggressive grille, new â€œlight bladeâ€ signature lighting element andÂ 20-inch polished aluminum wheels.
The new Sierra crew cab is larger than before withÂ exclusive Forge leather seats,Â dark-finish aluminum and open-pore wood trim accents.
The 2019 Sierra is the first ever pickup to offerÂ Multi-Colour 3×7 Head-Up Display andÂ Rear Camera Mirror. The customizable head-up display projects key vehicle and infotainment system information on the windshield within your line of sight.
While theÂ dual-function mirror can be used as a conventional rear-view mirror or as a camera-based rear-view mirror that helps you see around potential obstacles.
TheÂ 2019 Sierra Denali comes standard with the state-of-the-artÂ active safety feature like Front Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Front and Rear Park Assist, and Low-Speed Forward Automatic braking.
The MultiPro Tailgate is one of the most innovative pickup tailgate with six unique functions and positionsÂ using it as a step, a seat, or a work table.