JOIN THE STAMPEDE
CALGARY’S A CITY FULL OF SURPRISES
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.
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).