Is there anywhere in the world you can dress up like a cowboy and shout “yee-haa” and not attract strange looks? The Calgary Stampede is perhaps the only place you’ll get away with it and it’s a bucket-list location that tops off one of our best-loved USA and Canada tours.
Coming from a fourth-generation sheep and cattle grazing family, Ross Keane is Quadrant’s tour leader for the USA and Canada and has decades of experience as a livestock agent, buyer and auctioneer. He says the USA is a huge market for Quadrant’s clientele, given the States lead the way in terms of Agricultural practise and set the stage for future trends.
According to Ross, Quadrant’s point of difference is the ability to blend learning and education with fun and sightseeing. Travelling with like-minded people, with a strong focus on farming and agriculture not only enables lifelong friendships and connections but a greater understanding of trends and practises back at home.
On his USA and Canada tour you’ll travel through America’s beloved wild west, visiting cattle ranches and commercial producers. From a visit to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association which has a membership of over 1 million cattle farmers and ranchers, to a tour of one of nature’s greatest masterpieces, Yellowstone National Park, our USA Beef Cattle Tour & Calgary Stampede is the ultimate mix of education and sight-seeing.
In his experience with Quadrant, Ross says the biggest drawcard for customers is the “interest” visits they do, understanding the challenges farmers face in foreign countries and comparing them to the challenges at home.
Quadrant’s connections over decades of experience in the field have aligned it with some of the world’s top Agricultural Tourism companies and in the states, that’s a company called Trump Tours (no affiliation to the man himself). Ross says, forging these bonds allow access to the right places and ensures a quality program.
But while agriculture is a passion for our clients, they’ll also experience places they’ve only dreamed of, like encountering wild animals in bear country and taking in Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a granite sculpture of four former US presidents and one of the country’s greatest man-made attractions. Then there’s the 2 million-acre natural wonderland of Yellowstone National Park, a place that is both beautiful, majestic and incredibly humbling.
From the USA it’s off to Canada, and the event that’s dubbed “the greatest outdoor show on earth”, the Calgary Stampede, complete with reserved seats for the highlight Chuckwagon Races and nightly grandstand shows. Then it’s west to take in the iconic sights of Lake Louise, Banff and the Canadian Rockies. The trip also encompasses the diversity of the country’s agricultural enterprises from cattle, cropping and seed production to dairy and cheese-making in Red Deer as well as innovative and traditional farming practises with a visit to a Hutterite Colony, where groups of families, farm co-operatively on the prairies.
Our mix of USA and Canada tours is as diverse as the countries themselves, and one that should not be overlooked by music lovers is the Legendary Sounds of the USA tour, which takes us to places American music legends were born and into the country music capital of the world, Nashville. From Memphis to Graceland and even Dollywood theme park, you guessed it a Dolly Parton themed extravaganza, this is the musical journey of a lifetime and as well as all the toe tapping and boot scooting there’s a diverse range agricultural visits from cattle and dairying to cotton, wheat, peanut and soybean crops.
So, what are you waiting for, check out our USA and Canada tours and get travelling!
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