Ponoka Stampede

Season: June/July Canada Day Long Weekend

Location: Ponoka Stampede Grounds

Contact: Rodeo Office: 403-783-3120 or Ticket Office: 403-783-0100 or visit http://www.ponokastampede.com/

Cowboy Up’ at the Annual Ponoka Stampede and experience some very entertaining raw rodeo action or the thrill of the amazing Chuckwagon Races. With seven wild days of professional cowboys and cowgirls at their best, the Ponoka Stampede has grown into a world class event. From humble beginnings in 1936, to 75 years strong; the Ponoka Stampede lays claim as Canada’s Largest 7 day Pro Rodeo!

The Legacy- World’s Largest Bucking Saddle Bronc Horse & Rider

Season: Year Round

Location: Centennial Park off Hwy 2A

Contact: Town Office for more info. 403-783-4431

Dedicated to the strength of the pioneer families, vision of the founding fathers, and community residents.  This monument was erected in 2004 to celebrate Ponoka’s 100th Anniversary.

Ponoka Farmers Market

Season: May to October 

Time: Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm 

Location: The Ponoka Arena

Contact: Donna at 403-783-6776 for more information

The weekly Farmers’ Market features over 85 tables of agricultural produce, home-baked and homemade goods, food and entertainment.

Fort Ostell Museum

Season: Victoria Day long weekend in May until the Labor Day weekend in September (February to May - Tours may be scheduled from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.)


  • Open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Open Sundays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm 
  • Open Holiday Mondays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm 

Location: 5320 - 54 Street (north end of Centennial Park)

Contact: 403-783-5224 for more information or admission rates or visit


The museum’s name comes from the original Fort Ostell that was built near Ponoka in 1885 during the Riel rebellion. The Fort Ostell Museum displays many local area pioneer and native artifacts and photos. In 2004, as part of Ponoka’s Centennial, the museum brought back from storage the “Alberta Mental Hospital Museum” collection.  This collection is unique as few collections of mental hospitals exist in Canada.  The collection of artifacts and archival material from 1911 to the present is now on display and has become the “History of the Care of the Mentally Ill” in Alberta.

Other Museum Info:

  • The meeting Room is available for Rent (accommodates up to 30 people). The cost is $25.00 for the meeting room or $50.00 total for the additional use of the kitchen and the dishes.
  • The Museum is a non profit group that welcomes donations.  Tax receipts can be issued.
  • For more historical information on the original Fort Ostell or the Museum you may also visit (http://www.albertahistory.org/Central/).