Rodeo Centennial Is Great Excuse To See Canada – With Tips From Direct Travel Insurance

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Be a part of Calgary stampede with these ideas to make most out of your trip to Canada.

Ride ’em, cowboy! This July sees the 100th anniversary celebrations of a rodeo extravaganza dubbed the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, in the Canadian city of Calgary. Here’s the low-down on this unique cowboy festival and more ideas for a holiday in Canada from the travel insurance experts at Direct Travel.

The ten-day Calgary Stampede is one of the biggest rodeos in the world, attracting 1.2 million visitors to a western-themed spectacular. It begins with a carnival parade featuring 150 floats, dozens of marching bands, Mounties, clowns and hundreds of horses, with entrants coming from across the globe.

The rodeo – including events such as barrel racing, saddle bronc, tie-down roping and steer wrestling – offers the richest rodeo prizes in the world, with $1 million on championship day alone. Fun fairs, stage shows, chuckwagon racing, agricultural contests and concerts all add to the fun.

Lasting from 6 – 15 July 2012, the Calgary Stampede has earned the city its unofficial name, ‘Cowtown’, with buildings and shops decked out in western themes, residents donning cowboy dress and hundreds of barbecues.

Apart from Calgary, what is there to see in Canada? Here are some ideas:

Ottawa: Pleasure boats buzz along the pretty Rideau Canal, adults and children alike enjoy the Canadian War Museum, while free tours allow an inside peek at Parliament, lofty atop its 170ft hill.

Gatineau lies across the Ottawa River, with the stunning Laurentian mountains on the horizon, an international fireworks competition in August and a festival of hot-air ballooning in September.

Niagara Falls: As well as the world’s most famous waterfalls there are nightclubs, a waterpark, the Skylon Tower with its restaurant in the clouds and even golf courses.

Old Montreal combines historic charm, lively nightlife, great markets at Atwater and Jean Talon and the culinary delights of French-speaking Canada, such as famed bagels from the delis Schwartz's and St. Viateur's.

Quebec: Summer treats include a sandy beach just five minutes from downtown, while shopping aficionados revel in the 300 stores (plus rollercoaster, skating rink and cinemas) of Les Galeries de la Capitale.

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Established in late 1992 and trading since 1993, Direct Travel Insurance specialises in travel insurance for individual travellers, couples and families up to the age of 75. Direct Travel Insurance offers a range of cover options and added benefits including cover for over 100 sports and activities enabling customers to tailor their policies for single trip, annual multi trip, backpacking and winter sports.

All travel insurance policies are underwritten by Chartis Europe Limited. Direct Travel Insurance is a trading name of UNAT Direct Insurance Management Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA Number 312350). Chartis Europe Limited is also authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA Number 202628).

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