Stampede live blog: Breakfast with a purpose, pancakes topped with ice cream

It was a pancake breakfast that was deserving of a salute. The Calgary Military Family Resource Centre held their annual Stampede breakfast at the Currie Barracks.

It was an opportunity for the military community in Calgary to come together and celebrate the Stampede spirit. The CBC Stampede posse was given top clearance to the event and guests who stopped by to say hi entered to win an exclusive Stampede swag package.

Attendees enjoying a pancake breakfast at the Military Family Resource Centre. (CBC Communications)

Ceebee, the always photogenic CBC Kids mascot was upstaged at the breakfast by the Stampede Queen and Princesses who made an appearance and posed for pictures. Ceebee also wandered into the petting zoo but failed to blend in with any of the animals.

Ceebee meets Stampede Royalty, the Queen and Princesses (CBC Communications)

The Calgary Stampede Batter Boys worked the grills and flapjacks were served with a choice of vanilla or maple walnut ice cream. Guests could also top their hotcakes with a dollop of whipped cream.

(CBC Communications)

All current and retired Canadian Armed Forces community members and their families were invited to the event which supports military families in southern Alberta. There is no established base in Calgary but there is a large military presence in the community.

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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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