Yes, this blog is mostly about eating but sometimes it’s about the sights. And Bass Pro Shops in the CrossIron Mills megamall in Balzac, north of Calgary, is a sight.
This is a fascinating place to roam. I’ve never seen so many stuffed animals (moose, bears, deer, beavers…) in one place.
You can get everything and anything — from power boats and shotguns to meat grinders and fish batter — for the hunter, fisher or camper in your life.
There’s actually a small food counter in a corner of the store that serves ice cream and sandwiches.
There’s an air rifle shooting range that I could spend all afternoon at. For 50 cents a turn, you can shoot at targets that make stuffed animals move, doors swing open, and kettles steam.
And if that’s not enough fun for the kids, why not bring home this handy kid’s crossbow in pink camouflage? (If you look closely at the box, its tag line is “Bring ‘em up right!”)
If you head here, try to avoid the crowded lone exit from Highway 2/Deerfoot Trail and take some of the suggested alternative routes. Also, don’t take the first turnoff into the first parking lot. Go as far as you can and then try to find a spot. Even post-Christmas, parking was madness.
Bass Pro Shops, 112-261055 Cross Iron Blvd., Rocky View, Alberta, (403) 592-3900.