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2805 Scenic Drive South Lethbridge, Alberta 403-320-1222 1-877-396-6777 info@visitlethbridge.com

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Table of Contents

This publication was produced by people who are passionate about Lethbridge! All the pictures are real people who live here and love it. Visit Lethbridge for a good time!

02 Welcome to Lethbridge

22 Lethbridge Map

04 The High Level Bridge

24 Accommodations

06 History of Lethbridge

29 Entertainment, Shopping & Services

08 Downtown Lethbridge

33 Restaurants

10 Attractions

35 A Great Place to Live

15 Entertainment

38 Why We Love Lethbridge

16 Recreation and Sports

40 Day Trips

18 City Parks

42 Travel Information

21 Major Events

A B O U T T H I S P U B L I C AT I O N The Lethbridge Guide is an annual publication of Chinook Country Tourist Association. For more information call (403) 320-1222, toll free 1-800-661-1222, or email info@chinookcountry.com. COVERS

Front Cover - Mitch Harty, Caitlin Mitchell and Tanille Neufeld enjoy Whoop-Up Days. For more details on Whoop-Up Days see page 21. Back Cover - Quinton Stomsmoe plays by the pool. For more details on Lethbridge pools see page 17.

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Courtesy of Chinook Country Tourist Association, The City of Lethbridge, Hope Litwin in Partnership with Shutterbug Photography, Patterson Photography and Travel Alberta.

SPECIAL THANKS

To our models and photo contest winners for their great stories and devotion to Lethbridge, Del Allen for providing the story of the High Level Bridge, and Greg Ellis from the Galt Museum and Archives for providing the history of Lethbridge. Please recycle this guide by passing it on to a friend. PRINTED IN CANADA FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION.

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Welcome to Lethbridge Lethbridge is one of a kind. Our beautiful city is home to the longest, tallest trestle Bridge in the world, the largest Airshow in Western Canada, and the rare gemstone Ammolite.

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Lethbridge is a gateway to both the Canadian Badlands, and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We are a cultural mecca, celebrating arts and history through festivals, exhibits and centres. Lethbridge is one of the sunniest cities in Canada, and offers visitors a warm, inviting experience! Visit Lethbridge for a good time!

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Top 10 Family Friendly Activities in Lethbridge: • Take a guided nature walk at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. • Visit the Galt Museum for their latest exhibits and programs.

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• Decide if today is a good day to trade at Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site. • Take in a live performance at the Yates Memorial Centre, Sterndale Bennett Theatre or Enmax Centre. • Visit a farmer’s market. “For a good time we take the kids tobogganing in the coulees.”

• Play art critic at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery or Bowman Arts Centre.

• Hike or bike one of the many trails through our beautiful coulees. • Become a wildlife photographer in our river bottom parks, where you can spot birds, deer and other prairie wildlife. • Visit downtown Lethbridge for great shopping, food and local flavour. • Play or cheer at a variety of ballparks, fields, arenas and golf courses.

Fun Facts About Lethbridge Climb a Coulee A coulee is a steep-sided v-shaped valley or ravine. The name “coulee” was first used by early French Canadian voyageurs crossing the Great Plains. The word coulee comes from the French word “couler,” meaning “to flow.” The coulees are distinct formations, some of which have been created by glacial erosion after the last ice age, and others from continued water and wind erosion. Experience a Chinook A ”Chinook” is a warm west wind that pre-dominates the weather patterns of southwest Alberta. It is the result of westerly winds from the Pacific Ocean losing their moisture over the Rocky Mountains and descending as warm, dry, gusty winds onto the prairies. “Chinook” is a Blackfoot word that means “Snow Eater”, and it is known for increasing temperatures by several degrees in minutes. Spot a Train The Lethbridge High Level Bridge, called a viaduct by Canadian Pacific Railway engineers, is the longest-highest bridge of its type in the world! When the bridge was completed in 1909, it was described as one of the "wonders of the world".

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The High Level Bridge

2009 marked the 100th anniversary of the High Level Bridge. To commemorate the event, local businessman Del Allen and his crew took on the feat of transforming the bridge into a public work of art. Del Allen tells his story‌ There were several different reasons why D. A. Electric Ltd., took on the project to light the bridge. Hopefully others in the community can derive something from this and continue to keep helping show our commitment and community spirit, and induce others to step forward and help show what a great community we live in. First on the list of reasons is the 100th birthday of the bridge. The bridge will continue to be lit each year on that date. I was involved in a meeting with several local business people and when it was suggested that lighting the bridge would be a great way to help the CPR celebrate I took on the challenge, after several months and meetings with Kevin Sali of the CPR to gain the railways approval it was finally accomplished.

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Brian King from Stebnicki and Associates helped with the cable sizing, Tracy Dirk with Guillevin International helped with obtaining the proper fixtures, Stan Hollingsworth with TA Excavating helped with some of the digging. All this help was necessary to meet the time frame as well as the tremendous amount of support from the D. A. crew, Thanks Guy’s. I also did it because although it was suggested several times since it was built no one ever persevered until it was accomplished and that alone was a challenge, it also gave me an opportunity to experience the support I got from my partner and son Doug, my assistant Terri Codd, material purchaser Jay Burgwal as well as the rest of the administrative staff. It was also very exciting and I like doing different and exciting things. It will also I believe bring more people to the city to see it as I believe it is a major tourist attraction and it will be lit on special occasions. Thanks Lethbridge! Del Allen

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History of Lethbridge Lethbridge was founded upon three pillars: coal, railways and agriculture. The city would be a very different place today without the development and interaction of these three things. Before there were thoughts of Lethbridge, however, there were the people of the Blackfoot Confederacy. The Lethbridge region formed part of the Blackfoot homeland. The Blackfoot Confederacy was comprised of three nations: Blackfoot, Blood and Peigans. European fur traders along the North Saskatchewan River first came into contact with the Blackfoot in the late 1700’s and applied the name to the entire Confederacy. The entry of white traders into the Confederacy’s territory was accompanied by the establishment of over 40 trading posts in what is now southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan. The most famous of these posts was Fort Whoop-Up, built in 1869 by A.B. Hamilton and J.J. Healy from Fort Benton, Montana. Fort Whoop-Up and the other posts of the ‘whiskey trade’ generally exchanged alcohol, mixed with various noxious ingredients, for buffalo robes. The ‘whiskey trade’ was the catalyst for terrible social and cultural upheavals within the Blackfoot Confederacy. The arrival of the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) in 1874 finally brought an end to the trade. The same year the NWMP arrived, American adventurer Nicholas Sheran established a ferry across the Belly (now Oldman) River along the route of the Whoop Up Trail. Sheran soon moved his operation north and began to mine coal from a seam on the west bank of the river, about 450 metres north of present Whoop Up Drive. Sheran’s mine attracted the attention of Assistant Indian Affairs Commissioner Elliott Galt and his father, Sir Alexander T. Galt. Alexander and a group of English investors formed the North Western Coal & Navigation Company (NWC&NCo.). In October 1882 the company opened a coal mine on the east side of the river across from Sheran’s mine. The mining camp at The Coal Banks - later shortened to Coalbanks heralded the founding of Lethbridge. The major customer for NWC&NCo.’s coal was the Canadian Pacific Railway’s (CPR) transcontinental line near Medicine Hat. Getting the coal to the CPR was the next challenge. After an unsuccessful attempt to use riverboats and barges, a narrow gauge railway was completed from the NWC&NCo.’s mines to Dunmore Junction in September 1885. The second pillar was in place. The railway prompted another change as Coalbanks moved from the river valley to the prairie and was renamed Lethbridge to honour the NWC&NCo.’s president, William Lethbridge. The townsite was surveyed and the community grew quickly. Galt Gardens was intended as, and remains, the hub of downtown Lethbidge.

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The CPR and Galt railways were bringing settlers to southern Alberta. The NWC&NCo. had amassed 1.25 million acres in government land grants from Lethbridge south to the 49th parallel, to be sold to offset the cost of railway construction. For Alexander and Elliott Galt, the question was how to make the land attractive to prospective farmers. The answer was irrigation. The Galts embarked on a plan to bring irrigation to southern Alberta, culminating in 1898 with an agreement with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) to build a main canal from the Milk River to Lethbridge. The Mormons completed the canal in 1900, and Lethbridge’s third pillar was complete. Lethbridge was incorporated as a town in 1890 and as a city in 1906. The economic boom of 1907 to 1913 saw the construction of many buildings that stand today including No. 1 Fire Hall, the Post Office, Whitney Block (now Mood) and the Union Bank (now Express Coffee) among others. The Galts founded an experimental farm in 1901 that is now the Agriculture Canada Research Centre. During World War I Lethbridge had the highest percentage of military enlistment of any community in Canada. After the war the economy nosedived. The years between 1918 and 1939 saw the sharp decline of coal mining as oil and natural gas replaced coal in homes and businesses. The slump continued until World War II ended in 1945. Then a new economic boom began as irrigation expanded and immigrants arrived from wartorn Europe. People got off the train and into automobiles and airplanes. In the 1990’s the CPR rail yards moved out of Lethbridge altogether, and the land was developed as the CentreSite project. Today, Lethbridge is a city far removed from the dreams of its founders. Coal mining ceased in 1957 and the railway is no longer a dominant economic factor in the region. Of the three founding pillars of Lethbridge, only agriculture remains a driving force in the community. Lethbridge became a centre of higher education and research with the establishment of Lethbridge College in 1957 and the University of Lethbridge in 1967. Lethbridge today is an economically and culturally diverse city boasting a wide variety of amenities including the Galt Museum and Archives, Genevieve E. Yates Centre, Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Enmax Centre, and venues for many different sports and recreational activities. Lethbridge has indeed grown beyond what we were touted as in 1912 - “The Coal City in the Wheat Country”.

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Downtown Lethbridge The Heart of Our City People are drawn to the lively and character rich atmosphere in Downtown Lethbridge. They come to shop at the local boutiques, have lunch at an outdoor patio or to be part of the stimulating ‘coffee culture’. From sculptures and murals to the new Rotary Plaza water feature there is lots to see and do.

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The city centre has traditionally been a place where Lethbridge has played and celebrated. It was – and is again – a place where commerce, conversation and community easily mingle along treed avenues, bustling sidewalks or the sanctuary of Galt Gardens. Lethbridge City Council is committed to the continued revitalization of Downtown Lethbridge through the Heart of Our City Master Plan. Through this plan, Council will continue to ensure that our downtown is animated and vibrant, a dynamic and welcoming centre for all.

Downtown Shopping: It’s All Here An eclectic mix of shops and boutiques pepper the centre core, adding spice to the variety found in more conventional shopping locales. Men’s and women’s designer clothing and accessories, home furnishings, fine jewellery, bridal attire, crafts and dozens of specialty retail stores abound, all amid the history of this intriguing commercial district. Our business owners take great pride in providing customers with exceptional product knowledge and outstanding personalized customer service. Many of the businesses that make up the downtown are family-owned and operated and have served generations of customers. In most instances, the owner is the person serving customers, taking time to give solid advice on their wares or just share a story with a new client. Parking is generous and many spots allow for a two-hour time block that gives shoppers time to make it around the block or better, conduct business, make a purchase or two, and still have time for coffee. Park Place Shopping Centre, located just north of tranquil Galt Gardens, is a regional mall with more than 100 retail shops and services. The centre extends along four city blocks, anchored by Sears on one end and a popular selection of large-format stores on the other.

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Within walking distance of Park Place Mall, just east of Scenic Drive, is Lethbridge Centre. Anchored by The Bay, this mall has reinvented itself as a unique blend of professional services, conference room facilities and retail shopping.

The Taste of Downtown Downtown Lethbridge has an abundance of restaurants with many menus offering a wide choice of cuisine. Much of the globe’s cuisine is represented here, from sushi to steaks, pasta and unique African dishes. Through the city’s seasons, coffeehouses have become part of the pace of downtown life, little getaways for caffeine and camaraderie that make being downtown much more attractive.

What’s Happening? There is always something happening downtown, from buskers performing on downtown street corners, to the Wednesday Farmer's Market that takes place from June to August from noon until 5:00 pm in Festival Square on 6th Street. Beautiful Galt Gardens Park features the Rotary Centennial Plaza water feature as well as being the main venue for several community festivals, performances, events and activities. For further information explore www.downtownlethbridge.com or check out our businesses at www.finditdowntown.ca.

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Attractions The Southern Alberta Art Gallery

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Location: From spring 2009 to spring 2010, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery will operate from a temporary location: 324 – 5 Street South Ph: 403-327-8770 Web: www.saag.ca Email: info@saag.ca Hours: Open year round Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-5pm; Sunday: 1pm-5pm Admission: : $5, $4 for seniors/students, $3/person for groups, FREE on Sundays

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Located in the heart of the community, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery offers a dynamic exhibition schedule featuring contemporary art by renowned local, regional, national, and international artists. A tempting gift shop in close proximity to cafes and other shopping, carries unique handcrafted items produced by local and area artisans. Committed to the learning and growth of our visitors and community, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery offers a variety of educational programs for all ages.

Bowman Arts Centre 811 – 5 Avenue South Ph: 403-327-2813 Web: www.communityartscentre.org Hours: Open weekdays from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturdays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July and August 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. Admission: Free, donations welcome. Classes & programs available, registration fee applies.

Located in a heritage building, the Bowman Arts Centre has been the home of Lethbridge’s community art centre since 1965. The centre provides classes in visual art, speech and dance. Five active resident guilds and numerous casual art groups use the facility. As a promoter for local art; the centre’s three galleries offer over thirty yearly exhibits from our vibrant artistic community.

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The general public is welcome to drop in for a visit at the AAC administrative office. As a notfor-profit umbrella organization, representing 200+ individual and member organizations, the AAC “For a good time I love to paint. Lethbridge encourages and nurtures artistic has a vibrant local art community.” pursuits to enhance the quality of life of the individual and our community. The public is encouraged to contact the AAC for information pertaining to the vibrant arts scene in Lethbridge.

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810 – 5 Avenue South Hours: Monday- Friday, 9:30 am–9 pm, Saturday, 9:30 am–9 pm, Sunday, 1:30 pm–5:30 pm (Summer Hours – closed Fridays at 5:30 p.m.) Phone: Adult Services – 403-380-7311 Web: www.lethbridgepubliclibrary.ca

Connecting You to Ideas … wireless Internet, computers and online resources such as Press Display, (a choice of 800 newspapers in 40 languages), as well as a browsing collection of over 395,000 items. Visit the Library’s stunning Millennium Rock Garden and The Lois Hole Memorial Garden, both designed by Masa Mizuno in the Japanese landscape style. As a downtown gathering place, we invite you to delve into a history collection initiated by Senator Buchanan, view art exhibits and check the website for featured adult and children’s events. Experience Lethbridge’s famous ‘brie, chicken and avocado’ sandwich at the Page!break Cafe by RoundSt and shop for used books at our Booktique.

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Stories unfold at the Galt Museum… discover southwestern Alberta and the Kainai people in the Discovery Hall. Featuring a stunning viewing gallery overlooking the historic Oldman River valley and Indian Battle Park – enjoy a locally roasted coffee while you observe the famous High Level Bridge or try to spot a pelican – as well as adjacent outdoor patio and access to the parks and red shale walking paths of the valley. Ask about our backpack and treasure hunt programs, downtown and cemetery tours, and pick up a memento of your visit at the Museum Store where one-of-a-kind gifts include the gemstone Ammolite. The original 1910 Galt Hospital wing houses the education centre with programs for all ages. Check our comprehensive website before your visit to review our latest exhibit and events.

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Helen Schuler Nature Centre Located at North end of Indian Battle Park Ph: 403-320-3064 Web: www.lethbridge.ca/hscc Email: hscc@lethbridge.ca Hours: Sept to May Open 1pm – 4pm from Tues-Sun, Closed Mondays June to Aug – Open 10am – 6pm Everyday Admission: Free, donations welcome.

Explore the Oldman River Valley at Lethbridge’s Urban Nature Centre. The Centre offers hands-on exhibits and nature interpretive programs. See nature up close through the Centre’s extensive collection of artifacts, or use a Nature Pack to discover the Reserve at your own pace. Self-guided trails explore 200 acres of important wildlife and bird habitat in the unique coulees and cottonwood forest. Open year round.

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Is today a good day to trade? Established by Montana fur traders in 1869, Fort Whoop-Up was founded by scoundrels seeking profit and adventure. Today, the Fort interprets the notorious Whiskey Fort through the Period Fort and three interpretive galleries. Take a horse drawn tour and witness the 1870 Cree Blackfoot Battle site, tipi circles and the Medicine Stone site. • • • • • • • •

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The Alberta Birds of Prey Centre is Canada’s largest birds of prey facility. Situated on a 70-acre wetland area site, the centre is a celebration of nature featuring the hawks, falcons, eagles and owls of Alberta. The Birds of Prey Centre has been called a “must-see” attraction, delighting many visitors from around the world. All visitors have the opportunity to have a live owl or falcon perch on their arm for a once-in-a-lifetime photograph. Daily flight shows (weather permitting).

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Entertainment Whether you wish to take in a theatrical performance, see a concert or a major touring group, Lethbridge is proud of the variety of opportunities available for your enjoyment. In downtown Lethbridge, the Yates Theatre and the Sterndale-Bennet Theatre provide a showcase for a variety of local, regional and national arts groups to show their talent. As well, Lethbridge hosts many special events, including festivals like Canada Day celebrations, St. Baptiste Day, Aboriginal festivals, or participant events like the Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, Street Wheelers Weekend and many more. For a list of events, performance dates and times visit the Calendar of Events at www.lethbridge.ca.

Sports Entertainment Lethbridge has a variety of sports entertainment as well as numerous venues for participation. The Lethbridge Hurricanes are part of the Western Hockey League and play at the Enmax Centre, with home games from September until March, for game schedule and tickets go to www.enmax.ca. Lethbridge Bulls Baseball play home games at Henderson Stadium on North Parkside Drive South. Games run from late May through to the Western Major Baseball League playoffs in August, for game schedule see: http://www.bullsbaseball.com. Lethbridge has 5 spectacular golf courses ranging from Par 3’s to professional calibre. Bridge Valley Golf Course, Evergreen Golf Course, Henderson Lake Golf Course, the Lethbridge Country Club and world famous Paradise Canyon offer plenty of challenges for every golfer! Outdoor and indoor pools, public skating arenas, the Lethbridge Curling Club, Lethbridge Community College and the University of Lethbridge all offer fun activities for watching or participation.

New West Theatre Yates Centre - 10 Street & 4 Avenue South Tickets: 403.329.SEAT(7328) www.lethbridge.ca/tickets information: www.newwesttheatre.com

New West’s original summer shows are audience friendly and bursting with energy and good humour. Two all new sensational summer reviews make the Yates Centre the place to be with nightly shows running from June until the end of August. New West promises all the ingredients for an evening guaranteed to delight musical tastes across generations!

The Ticket Centre To obtain entertainment tickets for the majority of sporting events and performances in Lethbridge contact The Ticket Centre, www.lethbridge.ca/tickets or 403-329-SEAT (7328).

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Recreation & Sports Lethbridge has a variety of sports entertainment as well as numerous venues for participation. Check out www.lethbridge.ca for complete information.

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ICE CENTRES Adams Park Ice Centre

13th St & 9th Avenue N

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Civic Ice Centre

911 - 6th Avenue S

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Henderson Park Ice Centre

7th Avenue & Mayor Magrath Drive S

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Labor Club Ice Centre

2020 - 18th Avenue N

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Nicholas Sheran Ice Centre

401 Laval Boulevard W

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ENMAX Centre

2510 Scenic Drive South

403-320-4040

911 - 6th Avenue S

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Nicholas Sheran Leisure Centre Pool

401 Laval Boulevard W

403-320-3046

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Stan Siwik Family Pool

1901 - 15th Avenue N

403-320-3054

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Henderson Park Outdoor

2710 Parkside Drive S

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Westminster Outdoor Pool

411 - 16th Street N

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Y.M.C.A. Pool & Centre

515 Stafford Drive S

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Fritz Sick Memorial Pool

420 - 11th Street S

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Lethbridge Public Library

810 - 5th Avenue S

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Lethbridge Fish & Game Archery at Peenaquim Park

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28th Street & 30th Avenue N

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2501 - 28th Avenue S

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SPORTS FIELDS Dave Elton Park Multipurpose Skate Park/BMX

Henderson Baseball Stadium Softball Valley Complex at Peenaquim Park

Community Saving Place Soccer Centre Picnic Shelter Bookings

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City Parks Lethbridge prides itself on offering high quality and diverse parkland and recreational opportunities. An extensive urban park system with more than 60 kilometres of trails provides beautiful areas for walking, jogging, cycling and picnicking. Some of these parks lie in the beautiful Oldman River Valley. Henderson Lake Park and the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden offer lush greenery and solitude amidst the bustle of city life.

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Henderson Park North Parkside & Mayor Magrath Drive South

This is the heart of summer recreation in Lethbridge. Swim in the pool, walk in the rose garden, play a round of golf, watch a ball game, play a game of tennis or horseshoes, enjoy the beauty of a lake at dusk… and more. Henderson Park, with its lake, walking trails, bridges, picnic areas and new playgrounds invites visitors to enjoy its beauty and to view the famous Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens. Picnic shelters available for booking.

Indian Battle Park In the river valley, north of Whoop Up Drive

Indian Battle Park is situated in the river valley and provides a natural setting with numerous picnic sites, playgrounds, trails, and picnic shelters for family enjoyment. Special attractions include Fort WhoopUp, Helen Schuler Nature Centre, Coal Banks Mine Kiosk and the impressive High Level Bridge. Picnic shelters are available for booking.

Galt Gardens 3rd Avenue and 5th Street South

Galt Gardens is Lethbridge’s downtown “festival park”. A lovely treed oasis, the garden is the hub of our retail community with ongoing festivals, special events and an interactive water feature. Year round the garden is a tranquil spot to walk or sit. There are several restaurants nearby, as well as the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Shopping is in close proximity.

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Brewery Gardens 1st Avenue South and Scenic Drive

A tiered hillside garden enjoyed by tourists and residents who visit the annual flower beds and seasonal displays such as the Christmas lights. The gardens are the trailhead to Indian Battle Park for joggers and home to one of Lethbridge’s Visitor Information Centres.

Nicholas Sheran McMaster Blvd and Columbia Blvd West Lethbridge

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Trails Walking & biking tails wind through the coulees, along the river banks, circle around Henderson Lake and Nicholas Sheran Lake, and pass through interesting neighbourhood parks. A pedestrian bridge crosses the Oldman River connecting the west side and the east side pathways in an extensive network of trails. Check the City of Lethbridge website www.lethbridge.ca and search for information on the parkland pathways and on favourite walks (search by pathways, trails and walks).

FUN FACT: Indian Battle Park is the site of the last great Indian battle in North America. The battle was between the Cree and Blackfoot tribes.

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Christmas Display at Brewery Gardens

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ALEXANDER WILDERNESS PARK North Stafford Drive, past 26th Avenue North

BOTTERILL BOTTOM PARK - DOG RUN

6th Avenue & Scenic Drive South

BREWERY GARDENS 1st Avenue South & Scenic Drive

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

BULL PARK TRAIL (SOUTH & NORTH)

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60th Avenue West

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HENDERSON PARK (INCLUDING LAKE) North Parkside Drive & Mayor Magrath Drive South

INDIAN BATTLE PARK 3rd Avenue South & Scenic Drive

NICHOLAS SHERAN PARK McMaster Boulevard & Columbia Boulevard West

PAVAN PARK Extension of 13th Street North, north of Hardieville

PEENAQUIM PARK North Stafford Drive

POPSON PARK Extension of University Drive West

PATHWAYS

PICNIC SHELTERS

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Ask for a Lethbridge Street and Facilities Map

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Dragon Boat Festival: June 25-27, 2010 The Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival is a proud member of Dragon Boat Canada. The Dragon Boat Festival is a fun-filled event featuring dragon boat races, live music, great food and more! Street Machine Weekend: July 9-11, 2010 Street Machine weekend has been a yearly event since 1978. It takes place in Lethbridge on the second weekend in July. More than 1100 vehicles are expected to participate throughout the weekend. Events include: Alberta’s Best Cruising, 100 Foot Dash and a Show’n’ Shine. VisitLethbridge.com International Air Show: July 24 & 25, 2010 The VisitLethbridge.com International Air Show has an exciting line up for 2010. • Capt. Brown is returning with his A-10 Thunderbolt II • Daredevil Carol Pilon will be climbing out of the open cockpit aircraft and on top of the wing of her bi-plane. • Mountain View helicopter rides • C-17 Globemaster

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Whoop Up Days: August 24-28, 2010 Don’t miss Lethbridge’s annual Whoop Up Days summer fair. There’s fun for the entire family including children's activities, chuck-wagon races, prorodeo, entertainment, music, rides, commercial vendors and a wide variety of food and attractions.

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“For a good time, we are sure to get to Lethbridge’s Whoop Up Days. We never miss a year, it’s so much fun!”

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Continental breakfast. Convenient location and GREAT rates!

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HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOTEL & SUITES 120 Stafford Drive South T1J 4W4 Phone: 403.394.9292 Toll Free: 1.866.494.9292 e: sales.hiel@gmail.com www.hielethbridge.com

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ECONOLODGE INN & SUITES 1124 Mayor Magrath Drive South T1K 2P8 Phone: 403.328.5591 Toll Free: 1.866.494.9292 e: frontdesk@econolodge-lethbridge.com www.econolodge-lethbridge.com

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Complimentary breakfast, free newspaper and movie channel. Free wireless internet in all rooms and lobby. Located close to Henderson Lake Golf Course.

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SANDMAN HOTEL LETHBRIDGE 421 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. T1J 3L8 Phone: 403.328.1111 Toll Free: 1.800.266.4660 www.sandmanhotels.com

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RAMADA LETHBRIDGE 2375 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. T1K 7M1 Phone: 403.380.5050 Toll Free: 1.877.233.1233 e: info@ramadalethbridge.ca www.ramadalethbridge.ca

PEPPER TREE INN 1142 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. T1K 2P8 Phone: 403.328.4436 Toll Free: 1.800.708.8638 www.peppertreeinn.ca

LETHBRIDGE LODGE HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE 320 Scenic Drive S. T1J 4B4 Phone: 403.328.1123 Toll Free: 1.800.661.1232 e: reservations.lethbridgelodge@silverbirchhotels.com www.lethbridgelodge.com

HOWARD JOHNSON EXPRESS INN 1026 Mayor Magrth Drive South T1K 2P8 Phone: 403.327.4576 Toll Free: 1.800.597.1114 e: hj123511@yahoo.com www.hojo.com

Phone: 403.394.9292 Toll Free: 1.866.494.9292 e: sales.hiel@gmail.com www.hielethbridge.com

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Centrally located in the Eastern section of Lethbridge, near Henderson Lake, the exhibition grounds and golf course. Downtown and all services are within easy walking distance, and bus and local transit are easily accessible. It is a family oriented campground with lots to do in the nearby area. We are open year-round.

Open year round, 212 sites. Located in the river basin of the Oldman River. Amenities include: showers, laundromat, sani-dump, heated swimming pool, store, wireless internet, games room, playground. Reservations recommended.

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LETHBRIDGE COLLEGE 3010 College Dr. S. T1K 8A2 Phone: 403.329.7218 Toll Free: 1.800.572.0103 ext. 7218 e: res.life@lethbridgecollege.ab.ca www.lethbridgecollege.ab.ca

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LETHBRIDGE ALTERNATE ACCOMMODATION

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LETHBRIDGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra is a semi-professional orchestra performing in the community of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta. Two concert series are presented annually. The Master Series features the full orchestra, and the Chamber Series features chamber ensemble music, for a total of 10 concerts, and a Broadway musical in October. Come and experience “Music that speaks LOUDER than words”. For more information, contact Dawn at 403-328-6808 or visit www.lethbridgesymphony.org.

OLD MAN RIVER TUBING, RAFTING, CANOES, FISHING GEAR, BIKES & TRAIL RIDES. Float or tandem bike 1-5 hours through Lethbridge on the picturesque Old Man River, or ride solo on our new mountain bike park or the 10 km Coalbanks Trail. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat BBQ on the river, or family fun with a floating picnic including 200lb capacity cooler carrier tube! Hours are Thursday through Sunday July & August; June & September weekends and holidays only. Rental shack, BBQ & shuttle operate 11am to 6pm from Indian Battle Park, Lethbridge. (Minimum age: 2 years) info@omrtubing.com, www.omrtubing.com

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Restaurants Lethbridge is well known for having one of the most vibrant and unique selections of restaurants in Southern Alberta. Find a diverse selection of cuisines and dining styles with excellence in service and hospitality. Whether you are dining in or taking out, Lethbridge has something for everyone! For a complete selection of dining options check www.VisitLethbridge.com

Ron and Lynda Dyck “For a good time we enjoy trying out all the local restaurants. There are so many to choose from!�

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MOCHA CABANA COFFEE LOUNGE, WINE BAR & PATIO is a popular local dining cafe with the #1 patio in Lethbridge! This must see patio experience serves up live entertainment every Friday & Saturday. The coffee lounge cafe is open daily serving exclusive locally blended Blacksmith coffee and a selection of wines. The award winning culinary team trained at Lethbridge College serves up a creative menu made from fresh homestyle ingredients. Open daily at 317 – 4th Street South Lethbridge, Alberta or www.mochacabana.ca 403-329-6243

THE PENNY COFFEE HOUSE Top of the day to you! Downtown Lethbridge, Alberta features the Penny Coffee House, the original home of fresh roasted, world coffees. You will be taken care of by Eileen and Clive, who have kept the place roasty and toasty since 1990. All complemented by some of the most formidable characters east of Rocky Mountains. Here, the daily hubbub is kept rolling through a constant changing of the guard, bringing in their curiosity, inspiration, hunger and need to either be there, or hide away. 331 – 5th St S., Lethbridge, Alberta 403-320-5852 www.pennycoffeehouse.com

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A Great Place To Live Lethbridge is a friendly and growing community of more than 85,000. The city has a lot to offer newcomers with a wealth of amenities, low cost of living, and excellent services and facilities. With a mild climate, strong economy, and close proximity to the Rocky Mountains and the US border, Lethbridge has all the ingredients of a lifestyle heralded as one of the finest in Canada.

Housing & Living Costs Lethbridge offers a wide variety of housing choices at some of the lowest rates of cities in Canada. Rental rates in Lethbridge average $750 - $820 for a two bedroom apartment. Average house prices range from $250,000 to $350,000. Lethbridge also has one of the lowest property tax and utility costs in Canada.

Services Health Care: Lethbridge has high-quality acute hospital care and continuing care services including the Chinook Regional Hospital, St. Michael’s Health Centre, community care & rehabilitation programs, wellness services and a wide range of health practitioners and medical clinics. Education: Lethbridge has both public and separate (Catholic) school divisions. In total Lethbridge has 17 elementary schools, five junior highs, three high schools with additional private Christian schools and a francophone public school. The city also offers a post-secondary and continuing education at the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College. Recreation & Leisure: Lethbridge prides itself on offering excellent recreational facilities and parks. Recreational and sports activities are an integral part of city life, and there are many complexes throughout the city that allow residents to enjoy active lifestyles. Cultural and social groups are available for people of all interests to participate in activities they enjoy. Business & Employment: Lethbridge is a growing centre with many opportunities for business ventures and employment. Retail and agricultural services make up the largest segments of industry. A low unemployment rate and a skilled labour force are major advantages of the city. For economic development and business relocation information contact: Economic Development Lethbridge at 1-800-332-1801 or (403) 331-0022 W.: www.chooselethbridge.ca Noah & Quinten E.: info@chooselethbridge.ca Stromsmoe Or the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce at (403) 327-1586

“For a good time we take our children to swim at the outdoor pools.”

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New to Lethbridge? Thinking of relocating to Lethbridge? Moving to an unfamiliar city can be stressful, and meeting people is not always easy. Here are a few outlets to help you get connected to the city and people of Lethbridge. Lethbridge Newcomers Club www.lethbridgenewcomersclub.com Lethbridge Immigrant Services 701 - 2 Ave. South; 403.320.1589 English Language Centre – Lethbridge College esl@lethbridgecollege.ab.ca; 403.320.6444 Community Links Information and Referral www.community-links.ca; 403.328.LINK; 1.866.355.LINK Family Centre 1010 - 4 Ave. South; 403.328.2288 Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization 500 - 11 St. South; 403.320.2222 Sik Ooh-Kotok Friendship Society 1709 - 2nd Ave. South; 403.328.2414 Volunteer Lethbridge 207 - 13 St N; 403.320.2044 Riley McKinnon “For a good time in Lethbridge I like to go to concerts and check out other local musicians.”

Facebook Groups Southwest Alberta Events Unofficial Lethbridge Network Street Machine Weekend 2010 Lethbridge and Area Swap and Buy Lethbridge Moms Swap/Buy Lethbridge Woman’s Business Network of Southern Alberta PUNJABI'S @ Lethbridge Lethbridge Chinese Alliance Church

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Services LETHBRIDGE CONCIERGE EXECUTIVE CAR & SUV SERVICE Executive, tourism and custom driving services serving Lethbridge and Southern Alberta, Waterton Park and US border points. Lethbridge, Calgary and Great Falls airports on your schedule. Custom driving or golf tours or hire a driver. Picnic lunches available as required. Accessibility friendly vehicle available. Student and immigration settlement assistance. Prebook only at info@lethbridgeconcierge.com or www.lethbridgeconcierge.com Major credit cards accepted.


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Why We Love Lethbridge Ryan, Trevor & Stephan Murkin

“My two youngest sons and I enjoy bike riding and taking pictures of our city. During the drier days we travel the west side following the coulee trails without having to worry about traffic. There are a lot of different views not accessible from a vehicle. This season we are installing a carrier on our mini-van so we can bike all over the city. (Dad’s too old to get there and still make it home!)”

“Last August three sisters and our mother met in Lethbridge for a vacation. We spent the week touring local and nearby places that interested us in various combinations. The weather was perfect and we took part in so many wonderful activities such as holding owls at the Birds of Prey Centre in Coaldale, a day at Waterton National Park cruising to Goat Haunt and shopping in the spectacular Rocky Mountains, finding something for everyone at garage sales in Lethbridge and at the downtown Farmers Market, dining at Chinese, Vietnamese and English Fish and Chips restaurants, golfing beautiful Paradise Canyon, viewing the historic High Level Bridge and the Nature Center, spending some relaxing time at the pool and manoeuvring the incredible corn maze. Wow, so many things to do and we only put a small dent in the list. We have decided that we should make this an annual trip to enjoy each other’s company and the great weather, sights and activities of south-western Alberta. What an awesome girls vacation that would be perfect for families, too! How can I choose just one photo from hundreds!”

Jean Davidson and her daughter Carol Boyce navigate their way through the Lethbridge Corn maze.

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Lethbridge provides a central location from which to see some of the most spectacular attractions and scenery that Alberta has to offer. Below are some options for great day trips outside of Lethbridge. For more information, directions or maps, contact Chinook Country Tourist Association at (403) 320-1222, toll free 1-800-661-1222, or email: info@chinookcountry.com

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VILLAGE OF STIRLING – NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE ..…………20 minutes PRAIRIE TRACTOR AND ENGINE SOCIETY MUSEUM (Picture Butte) ………………………..……………….………………30 minutes HEAD-SMASHED-IN BUFFALO JUMP (NW of Fort Macleod) …50 minutes REMINGTON CARRIAGE MUSEUM (Cardston)………………….60 minutes BELLEVUE UNDERGROUND MINE TOUR (Crowsnest Pass) …90 minutes BROOKS AQUEDUCT (Brooks Alberta) …………………………..90 minutes FRANK SLIDE INTERPRETIVE CENTRE (Crowsnest Pass) …….90 minutes BAR U NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE (South of Longview HWY 22) …2 hours BLACKFOOT CROSSING NATIONAL PARK (Cluny, AB) ……………2 hours TURNER VALLEY GAS PLANT (Turner Valley) ………………………..2 hours

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MAJOR PARKS WATERTON LAKES INTERNATIONAL PEACE PARK ..…………90 minutes WRITING-ON-STONE PROVINCIAL PARK ………………………90 minutes

OTHER MAJOR ATTRACTIONS ALBERTA BIRDS OF PREY CENTRE (Coaldale) …………………10 minutes THE CANADIAN BADLANDS (southeast Alberta; includes Lethbridge)……………..10 minutes to 6 hours EMPRESS THEATRE (Fort Macleod) ………………………………30 minutes FORT MUSEUM OF THE NWMP (Fort Macleod) ………………..30 minutes HISTORIC BROADWAY LIVE THEATRE (Raymond) ……………..30 minutes TOWN OF TABER – CORNFEST, RODEOS (Taber) ……………...45 minutes DEVIL’S COULEE DINOSAUR MUSEUM & EGG SITE (Warner) ..50 minutes KOOTENAI BROWN PIONEER VILLAGE (Pincher Creek) ………60 minutes TOWN OF VULCAN TOURISM & TREK STATION (Vulcan) ……..60 minutes LANCASTER BOMBER MUSEUM (Nanton)………………………90 minutes CASTLE MOUNTAIN RESORT (west of Pincher Creek)……………..2 hours OKOTOKS ERRATIC ROCK (west of Okotoks Hwy 7) ………………2 hours THREE RIVERS ROCK AND FOSSIL MUSEUM √ (Hwy 510 Pincher Creek) ………………………………………………..2 hours HIGHWAY 22 “The Cowboy Trail” Waterton to Bragg Creek) ……………………………………….…2 to 4 hours

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Travel Information

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For more information on Lethbridge contact: 1-800-661-1222 (403) 320-1222 / 320-1223 Website: www.chinookcountry.com Email: info@chinookcountry.com The two Visitor Information Centres in Lethbridge can be found at the following locations: Scenic Drive Information Centre & Rest Area 2805 Scenic Drive located at junction of Hwy #4 & 5 (Scenic Drive & Mayor Magrath Drive S)

Hours: Services:

9am to 5pm daily Hours are extended to 7pm from May 15 to September 6. Visitor information, souvenir gift shop, public rest rooms, rest area with picnic facilities, playground, free RV dump station

Brewery Hill Information Centre & Rest Area Located at west end of 1 Avenue South off downtown entrance from Highway #3.

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May 15 to September 6 - 9am to 7pm daily March 1 to May 14, Sept. 8 to Oct 31 Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 5pm (November 1 to February 28 CLOSED) Visitor information, souvenir gift shop, public rest rooms, parking area to view brewery garden, access to self-guided walking trails

Lethbridge has a moderate continental climate with warm summers and mild winters due to Chinook winds. Lethbridge and Southwest Alberta also receive one of the highest amounts of sunshine in the country. Temperatures in Lethbridge can fluctuate quite dramatically with the effects of the Chinook winds. Average temperatures for January range from -2 to -15 degrees Celsius. Average temperatures for July range from 10 to 26 degrees Celsius. Lethbridge is quite dry compared to other areas of the prairies. Travellers should be prepared to encounter windy conditions throughout the year, warm temperatures in spring, summer and fall, and winter conditions in the late fall, winter and early spring.

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Travel Information Transportation Air Service: The Lethbridge County Airport, located 3km south of Lethbridge on Highway #5, has daily service to Calgary International Airport for connections to all other destinations. There are also daily scheduled flights available to Edmonton Airport and charter flights to other destinations. For more information regarding flights and schedules contact: Air Canada: 1-888-247-2262 Integra Air International: (403) 381-8359 Bus Service: Bus service to the city of Lethbridge is available daily with connections to destinations east, west, north & south of the city through Greyhound Bus Lines. For more information call 1-800-661-8747 or (403) 327-1551. Car Rentals: Rental cars & trucks are available from several rental agencies. Most major franchise rental agencies operate in Lethbridge. For more information on rental agencies, call visitor information at 1-800-661-1222 or (403) 320-1222 of (403) 320-1223. Taxi Service: All taxi companies meter rates are the same price per kilometres and per waiting time. Various discounts are offered from the taxi companies including senior and student discounts. Rates from downtown to Lethbridge airport are approximately $10-15. Transit Service: Local bus service is available daily throughout the city. All buses leave and meet at 4th Avenue and 6th Street South intersection. The buses run on a 20-40 minute schedule. There are also transit services available for the handicapped. For more information contact LA Transit at (403) 320-3885.

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Metric System Canada uses the metric system for weights, measures and distances. Distance: 1 kilometer (km) = 5/8 mile To calculate: kilometres x .6 = mileage Miles x 1.6 = kilometres Miles per hour / Kilometers per hour When driving, 100km/hr on highway signs are equal to 60mph. Weight 1 kilogram = 2.2 lbs (kilograms x 2.2 = pounds) 500 grams – 1.1 lbs

Liquid Volume (used for gasoline) 4.5 litres = 1 Imperial gallon 3.8 litres = 1 U.S. gallon

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Travel Information PORTS OF ENTRY

SERVICE

DATES

DAILY TIMES

Open Year Round

Open Year Round

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Open Year Round

Open Year Round

7:00 am - 11:00 pm

ADEN, ALBERTA Whitlash, Montana

CARWAY, ALBERTA Peigan, Montana (Hwy 2)

CHIEF MOUNTAIN, ALBERTA Chief Mountain, Montana (Hwy 6)

Seasonal

May 15 - May 31

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

June 1 - Labor Day

7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Labor Day - September 30 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

COUTTS, ALBERTA Sweetgrass, Montana (Hwy 4)

Open Year Round

Open Year Round

24 Hour Service

June 1 - September 15

7:00 am - 10:00 pm

September 16 - May 31

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

DEL BONITA, ALBERTA Del Bonita, Montana (Hwy 62)

Open Year Round

ENTRY REGULATIONS All citizens from abroad or the U.S. are required to have a valid passport for entry into Canada as visitors. Any travellers not born in the U.S. or Canada must carry a valid passport from the country of origin. Visas are required for entry into Canada from a number of foreign countries. Original documentation is required. Visitors are not admitted into Canada if they have a criminal record, including impaired driving. Please contact the Canada Border Service Agency for more detailed information. CANADA BORDER SERVICE AGENCY Within Canada: 1-800-461-9999; Outside Canada: 1-800-731-4000 www.cbsa.gc.ca CUSTOMS & DUTY FREE ALLOWANCE Duty Free Shops Duty free shops at select border crossings and airports have tax free items for sale to departing visitors. For detailed information on restrictions, licenses and controls regarding this service please contact the Canada Border Service Agency or a customs official. Alcohol and Tobacco The legal age for alcohol consumption and tobacco possession in Alberta is 18 years old. Individuals who meet the minimum age requirement of the province or territory may bring alcohol into Canada: • 1.5 litres of wine (53 ounces) OR 1.14 litres (40 ounces) of liquor OR a total of 1.14 litres (40 ounces) of wine and liquor OR 24 containers of 355 millilitres (12 ounces) or 8.5 litres total each of beer, ale or equivalent. • Up to 200 cigarettes OR 50 cigars OR 200 grams (7 ounces) of loose tobacco OR 200 tobacco sticks. Any alcohol or tobacco in excess of these amounts is subject to duty and provincial fees and taxes.

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