The image that most of the world has of Alberta consists almost entirely of the mountains and lakes around Banff and Jasper. But of course, that's just a tiny part of our vast province. An exceptionally beautiful part, true, but a very small part.
The rest of the world, though, is missing out.
Tucked into a bend of the Milk River right next to the petroglyph-packed Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, the rodeo grounds sits on a sagebrush and buffaloberry flat surrounded by honey-coloured sandstone cliffs. Off to the south-east, the towering summits of Montana's Sweetgrass Hills dominate the sky while a flawless bowl of blue arches overhead and the silty waters of the Milk River whisper by.
The whole Milk River valley, in fact, is spectacularly scenic, a true gem tucked into a piece of Alberta hours away from the nearest cities, just a little, tiny bit off the beaten path. If you've made it to the Writing-On-Stone Rodeo, chances are you made it because you planned to be here. This isn't necessarily an event you just happen to stumble upon.