We decided to go for a drive to Calgary last weekend and just as we passed by City of Airdrie, it didn’t take long before we saw this outdoor store called Bass Pro Shops. It’s hard to miss as the store was humongous and you can see it for miles away. We were staying overnight in Calgary so we had plenty of time to take a detour and check out this place.
As we got out of the car and walked towards the store, it was then that we realized just how big the store was. The entrance itself was pretty impressive! If anything, it was an indication of more surprises inside. This is the only store of its kind in Western Canada and it just recently opened last April 7, 2009. The other stores are located in Toronto and Montreal.
Above the doors it says “Welcome fishermen, hunters, and other liars.” Huh.
Look at this beautiful and very large lantern that flanks the entrance! It has different scenes of wildlife and nature on every side.
Here is what you’ll see as soon as you enter. It seems like you just got into a cozy cabin before you get to the actual store.
Have I mentioned the store was huge? There were rows and rows of merchandise and a vast selection of quality gear for fishing, hunting, camping, boating and marine. There’s also a small number of boats, kayaks and other types of watercraft.
I must confess though that I was more enthralled with the various wildlife and outdoor scenes inside the store. They’re all over the store mixed in with the merchandise.
In case you get hungry, you can stop by the General Store and get something to eat or do a little bit of grocery shopping.
They even have something for you to offer an annoying guest during a dinner party!
Of course we couldn’t leave without getting something. We bought this pre-seasoned Lodge Logic cast iron skillet. It’s very affordable compared to most kitchen stores and you can use this one right away.
The place is amazing and is certainly worth a visit. It’s like enjoying the great outdoors while being indoors… and shopping!
Bass Pro Shops
112-261055 Cross Iron Blvd
Rocky View , AB T4A 0G3
Phone: 403 592 3900