JOIN THE STAM­PEDE

CALGARY’S A CITY FULL OF SUR­PRISES

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PLAY

This year’s Calgary Stam­pede in Calgary in Al­berta, Canada, will be held from July 5-14. Visit www.cal­gar­ys­tam­pede.com for tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion. Air Canada flies the Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner di­rect from Bris­bane, Syd­ney and Mel­bourne to Van­cou­ver. Visit www.air­canada.com Calgary it­self is a pretty city and a walk along Bow River with its green parks and pedes­trian bridges is a must. Hire a ca­noe, kayak or pad­dle boat and get up close with the ducks. Calgary is the gate­way to the Rocky Moun­tains, about 90 min­utes away in Banff on the Trans-canada High­way.

EAT

Giddy up for fast-food heaven on a stick – quite lit­er­ally. The va­ri­ety is as­tound­ing – from Mex­i­can-style street corn to gi­ant squid on a stick, cave­man-size turkey legs to the Que­bec del­i­cacy pou­tine (French fries and cheese curds in a brown gravy), Korean bar­be­cue tater tots to deep-fried ba­con onion bombs, and smok­ing char­coal ice cream in a cup to pop rocks mini dough­nuts. Last year’s menu also had some sur­prises for those game enough to try. How about rustling up a cou­ple of Prairie Oys­ter Balls (clas­sic mini dough­nut “bear balls”, topped with the balls of a bull – lit­er­ally, then driz­zled blue­berry com­pote and topped with a dol­lop of whipped cream and sprin­kled with crushed nuts). Or cricket grilled cheese (four-cheese blend on thick Texas-style toast, topped with a healthy serv­ing of crunchy, tasty crick­ets) and deep-fried ba­nana pep­pers (mixed pick­led hot pep­per rings, bat­tered in tem­pura and deep fried).

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