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Table of Contents This publication was produced by people who are passionate about Lethbridge! All photos feature people who live here and love it. Visit Lethbridge for a good time!

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So You Think You Know Lethbridge - Lesser Known Historical Happenings


Lethbridge Map


Accommodations & Campgrounds

Downtown Lethbridge


Service Directory



Handy Lethbridge Terms




A Great Place to Live


Recreation & Sports




City Parks


Day Trips


A Great Place to Learn


Travel Information


Welcome to Lethbridge


The High Level Bridge


Major Events


Event Listings

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ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION 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 Email: Website: COVERS Representatives from many of the city’s attractions and services enthusiastically invite you to experience all that makes Lethbridge unique. DESIGN 2R Inc. / Just Call Marketing and Graphics PHOTOS Courtesy of, Chinook Country Tourist Association, The City of Lethbridge, Travel Alberta, Stardust Photography, and Lethbridge Link. SPECIAL to our models. THANKS Please recycle this guide by passing it on to a friend. PRINTED IN CANADA FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION


Welcome to Lethbridge, Alberta! It’s always a good time to visit Lethbridge. No matter what the season, we know you will find friendly hospitality and diverse culture and heritage. As one of the sunniest cities in Canada, we enjoy extra hours of daylight that make exploring our many attractions at different times of the day a treat. Crisp mornings after an overnight rain, or warm summer evenings where the sky bursts into colour make for some glorious outdoor experiences. Choosing Lethbridge as your home base to experience southwest Alberta is a smart strategy. To make the most of your time in the city there are FIVE THINGS THAT YOU MUST DO!



Things you must do!

History: Take a step back in time to learn about the history of Lethbridge. The Galt Museum or Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site make history come alive for you with hands-on activities and engaging events that give you a true sense of the past. Both feature great gift shops where you’ll find special treasures to take home.


Indian Battle Park: Our beautiful river valley park is home to the Helen Schuler Nature Centre where you are more than likely to have an encounter with a whitetail deer, cottontail rabbits and birds-a-plenty. Walking trails take you to the shores of the Oldman River, where you’ll experience a unique natural setting in the shadow of the famous High Level Bridge.

“I love the rich and vibrant history that Lethbridge has to offer. When I came to Lethbridge for University, I had no idea about all the stories that are here.” - David Gabert , Fort WhoopUp National Historic Site



Downtown: The past and present converge in the ever-evolving streetscapes of Downtown Lethbridge. The unique shopping experiences you’ll find will delight you, and

“There’s always lots of live music going on. Wherever you go, there’s going to be entertainment.” - Nicole Koster – Ric’s Grill the friendliness of merchants will make you feel welcome when you step through the doorways of our one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants and coffee spots.


Nikka Yuko & Henderson Lake: When it’s time for a little relaxation, the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden cannot be beat for its tranquility and beauty. A stroll around Henderson Lake can be as invigorating or as calming as you like, and you may also get to watch local dragonboat racing teams training on the water in preparation for their big summer festival.


Dinner & A Show: What better way to cap off a wonderful day of exploration than with dinner and a show? Fine and casual dining choices are available throughout the city. For a uniquely Lethbridge experience, plan to enjoy dinner or drinks while taking in the 360 degree views from high above in the water tower. When it comes to summertime entertainment, you’ll want to enjoy what Lethbridge residents have been doing for years by spending an evening immersed in music and comedy with New West Theatre at the Yates Centre. The pulse of the city is captured in music! The live music scene is growing in Lethbridge and cultural activities abound. See our Events Listings for happenings that you won’t want to miss! Getting around the city is easy. See our centre spread map to get oriented to make the most of each day. Lethbridge has gained a reputation as a great place to live, learn and work. And when it comes to downtime, we like to play, and we love to welcome visitors to share all that this great city has to offer. Take the time to explore and enjoy. We know you will have a good time!

“Lethbridge has a very friendly atmosphere, so I’ve always enjoyed being here. It’s the place I call home.” - Kathleen Wilson – Jasmine Room


The High Level Bridge

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.� The High Level Bridge was built to replace 20 wooden bridges on the rail route between Lethbridge and Fort Macleod. While the old route was less than 10 years old, the lumber used in the wooden bridges had shrunk and many of the bolts, attaching plates and other structural materials had become loose. The wooden bridges had also been damaged by fire. The poor condition of the wooden bridges forced the railway to reduce the size of the trains to half their original length, and also have those trains travel at half speed (only 24 kilometres per hour or 15 miles per hour). Westbound trains would have to stop in Lethbridge, split into two parts, then travel at half speed along the weakened wooden bridges until they reached Fort Macleod where they would be re-assembled into a single train! There were also other challenges with the old rail route between Lethbridge and Fort Macleod. It dropped down to cross two river valleys, causing the trains to have to pull their loads back up to prairie level after each drop. There were also a considerable number of curves on the line. Curves in rail lines increase the amount of wear to the rails and to the wheels of the rolling stock. The old rail line between Lethbridge and Fort Macleod was not very profitable, however the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was building inter-connecting spur lines throughout southern Alberta to areas that had recently been opened to homesteading, such as Vulcan, Carmangay,


Major Events

Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival: June 24 – 26, 2011

10th Anniversary! The Rotary Dragon Boat Festival is a proud member of Dragon Boat Canada. This is a fun-filled event for participants and spectators featuring dragon boat races, live music, great food and more! Are you ready to awaken the dragon? For more information:

Street Machine Weekend: July 8 – 10, 2011

Since 1978, this event has taken place on the second weekend each July. More than 1,100 vehicles are expected to participate throughout the weekend at Exhibition Park and various venues throughout the city. Events include Alberta’s Best Cruising, Auto Slalom, 100 Foot Dash and a Show ‘N Shine. For more information:

Lethbridge International AirShow: July 23 – 24, 2011

The 20th Anniversary of the Lethbridge International Air Show offers a spectacular line-up for 2011. • The Lima Lima Flight Team • The Canadian Forces Snowbirds • Firecat Productions L-39 • American Aerobatics – Julie Clark • A-10 West Warthog Demo Team For more information:

Whoop-Up Days: August 23 – 27, 2011

Here’s how we celebrate the summer! Whoop-Up Days is a city-wide event with fun for the entire family including a parade, children’s activities, chuck-wagon races, pro-rodeo, headline entertainment, music, midway, trade show and a wide variety of food and attractions. For more information:


Event Listings

May 2011

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Historic Lethbridge Festival Taste of Downtown 1950’s Sock Hop & Grease Sing-A-Long Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Opening Day Mother’s Day International Museums Day Fort Macleod International Festival Concert

403-320-4219 403-320-4219 403-320-4219 403-328-3511 1-800-661-1222 403-329-0444 403-320-4700

June 18 Moonlight Viewing Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden 403-328-3511 23 Best of the Best Summer Wine and Beer Tasting 403-320-4219 24-26 Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival

July 1 Museum Community Day Free Admission @ The Galt 403-320-4700 1 Canada Day Celebrations 1-800-661-1222 1 Dominion Day 403-320-0444 3 Galt Babies Birthday Party 403-320-4219 9 Heritage Weekend: 1884 Royal Canadian Artillery 403-329-0444 16 Heritage Weekend: Re-enactment Day 403-329-0444 16 Moonlight Viewing Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden 403-328-3511 23 Heritage Weekend: 1884 Royal Canadian Artillery 403-329-0444 23-24 Alberta International Air Show 20th Anniversary 30 Heritage Weekend: 1884 Royal Canadian Artillery 403-329-0444

August 6 Heritage Weekend: Guns of the Golden West 403-329-0444 13 Heritage Weekend: 1884 Royal Canadian Artillery 403-329-0444 20 Heritage Weekend: Reenactment Day 403-329-0444 20 Moonlight Viewing Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden 403-328-3511 23-27 Whoop-Up Days Rodeo & Family Festival 403-328-4491 27 Heritage Weekend: Shooting of Dave Akers 403-329-0444 September 5 Heritage Weekend: Reenactment Day 403-329-0444 9 Galt Beer & Wine Tasting 403-320-4700 10 Moonlight Viewing Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden 403-328-3511 10-11 Wagon Trek 403-329-0444 23-25 ArtWalk Lethbridge for Alberta Arts Days 403-320-3907 25 The Word On The Street 403-320-4187 October

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Moonlight Viewing Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden 403-328-3511 Rocky Horror Picture Show 403-320-4700 Macabre Museum 403-320-4700

Cemetery Tours by Flashlight


November December

2-3 The Big Christmas Trade Show 31 New Years Eve Family Festival

403-328-4491 403-328-4491

January 2012 February

27-Mar 1 Ag Expo



14-17 Lethbridge Home and Garden Show



Downtown Lethbridge 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 a lot to see and do. 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.

Downtown Shopping: The Place to Be!

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 specially retail stores modernize historic downtown Lethbridge. 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. 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 all the city’s seasons, coffeehouses have become part of the pace of downtown life, little getaways for caffeine and camaraderie that make being downtown just that much more attractive.

What’s Happening?

There is always something happening downtown from buskers on downtown street corners to the Farmer’s Market in July and August in Festival Square on 6th Street. Several community festivals, performances, events and activities are hosted in Downtown Lethbridge and Galt Gardens. In September, take in Lethbridge’s Alberta Arts Days, a community celebration of the arts that has something of interest for everybody, including ArtWalk, a self-guided tour of arts venues in Lethbridge. In November, the Annual Bright Lights Festival kicks off the holiday shopping season with entertainment, ceremonial lighting of Galt Gardens and the arrival of Santa. For further information and events check out “What’s Happening” at or

Allied Arts Council


Shopping Galore!


Alberta Birds of Prey Centre 10 minutes east of Lethbridge, in Coaldale on Hwy 3 403-345-4262

The Alberta Birds of Prey Centre is Canada’s largest birds of prey facility. Situated on a 70-acre wetland 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 perch on their arm for a once-in-a-lifetime photograph. Daily flight shows available (weather permitting).

“Everyone who comes to the centre has a chance to hold an owl, so it’s either a little burrowing owl or Mr. Bogle, the great horned owl.” – Aimee Weir, Alberta Birds of Prey Centre

Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge 318 – 7 Street South 403-320-0555

The Allied Arts Council (AAC) is a notfor-profit umbrella organization for over 200 artists and arts organizations in Lethbridge. The AAC provides leadership in advancing and enhancing the arts in Lethbridge. The organization coordinates an annual Arts Days festival in September of each year. The public is encouraged to contact the AAC or stop by the downtown office for more information on the vibrant arts scene in Lethbridge. Check out the AAC’s online arts calendar at

Bowman Arts Centre

811 – 5 Avenue South 403-327-2813 As a promoter for local art, the Bowman Arts Centre’s three galleries offer over twenty yearly exhibitions from our vibrant artistic community. 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 arts groups use the facility.

Bowman Arts Centre

Wednesday Farmer’s Market



Exhibition Park

3401 Parkside Drive South 403-328-4491 Exhibition Park is southern Alberta’s premiere meeting place for events, meetings and conferences. Located off of 43rd Street South and Crowsnest Trail, Exhibition Park hosts large-scale special events and festivals such as • Ag Expo • Home and Garden Show • Whoop Up Days • Children’s Festival • Farmers Markets • The Big Christmas Trade Show • Family Fest • And more! For more information, or to learn about facility rentals, production rentals and commercial sign shop, please visit

Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site West end 3rd Avenue South, down in the River Valley 403-329-0444

Before there was an Alberta; before there were red-coated Mounties; there was a Whoop-Up! Fort Whoop-Up was founded by American fur traders in 1869, and used whiskey to encourage an immensely profitable trade. These scoundrels traded the repeating rifles to the local plains tribes, which helped ensure their victory over an invading Cree force during the “Belly River Battle” in 1870. The violence, and the presence of American traders on Canadian soil, prompted the government to form the North West Mounted Police, who came west in July 1874. Today the Fort recreates history through interpretive displays, an impressive Blackfoot Gallery, and period demonstrations. A gift shop is available for memorable gifts and tasty treats.

Galt Museum & Archives

West end 5th Avenue South and Scenic Drive 1-866-320-3898 Stories unfold at this vibrant community gathering place. Step into the Discovery Hall to meet the Kainai people and the rich story of southwestern Alberta. Marvel at the view from the expansive Viewing Gallery – or brave the Chinook winds from the outdoor patio – you can see the historic High Level Bridge and enjoy a cup of locally roasted coffee while watching for pelicans. The grounds, with native prairie garden and contemplative Nurses Garden, are connected to valley parks and walking paths – a red shale trail takes you to Fort Whoop-Up below. The Museum store is stocked with one-of-a-kind gifts and area mementos; the original 1910 Galt Hospital wing houses the education centre with programs for all ages. Ask about our backpack and treasure hunt programs, historic downtown audio and Galt Hospital tours. If you can’t get away yet, check us online for a virtual tour and up-to-date event schedule:

Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site


Galt Museum & Archives

Helen Schuler Nature Centre

Indian Battle Park 403-320-3064 Open year-round, the Helen Schuler Nature Centre offers a unique urban escape within minutes of downtown Lethbridge. The Centre’s naturally engaging seasonal exhibits are a popular attraction for young families. Watch a train cross the longest and highest railway bridge in North America. Stroll along one of the many self-guided trails as you meander through riparian forests, coulees and wetland habitats. Visit us and discover the true nature of Lethbridge! Admission is free.

Lethbridge Public Library Main Branch 810- 5th Avenue South 403-380-7310 The Crossings Branch 255 Britannia Boulevard West 403-320-4037 The Lethbridge Library connects you to ideas through access to eResources, “For people who are bird watchers, books, magazines, databases, public Lethbridge is a great home base. use computers, free Wi-Fi, and so much We have internationally renowned more. At the Main Branch, visit the Pakowki Lake that’s within driving Millennium Rock Garden and the Lois distance and many other hot spot Hole Memorial Garden, both designed birding areas.” in Japanese landscape style. As a – Coreen Putman, downtown gathering place, we invite Helen Schuler Nature Centre you to delve into a history collection initiated by Senator Buchanan, view art exhibits, visit our cafe and shop at the Booktique. At The Crossings Branch in West Lethbridge Centre, you can access the same services offered at the Main Branch. This amazing glass and steel building is new but its seamless design ensures a perfect blend into the prairie landscape. Visit for event listings for both branches. Join us for “The Word On The Street,” a national book & magazine festival on September 25th – an outdoor event celebrating literacy and the written word.

Helen Schuler Nature Centre

The Crossings Library


Attractions Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden

Mayor Magrath Drive and 9th Avenue South 403-328-3511 Built during Canada’s Centennial, the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden will be celebrating its 44th birthday in July. The garden was rated this year as number 22 out of a list of 130 gardens in North America by Sukiya Living and has achieved world-class reputation through its design, enthusiastic community involvement and complete authenticity. It is a well known symbol of Lethbridge and southern Alberta, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Designed in Japan, the garden depicts the mountains, the ocean and the prairies in Canada. Displays and demonstrations from Mother’s Day until Thanksgiving provide visitors with an in-depth look at Japanese Culture. Come and experience the total tranquility and serenity that is Nikka Yuko. Group tours are available by advance booking. Also visit our beautiful Gift Shop. Open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery 601 – 3 Avenue South 403-327-8770

Located in the heart of downtown Lethbridge, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery offers a dynamic variety of contemporary art programs and has won international recognition for the quality of “There are lots of things to its exhibitions. The gallery’s park setting and proximity to local cafés and shopping make do here, many parks to enjoy, it an excellent place to drop in during a day’s great places to eat out, and outing. Its many programs include weekly the people are very friendly” noon-hour films, family events, courses in art – Chiye Kinjo, Nikka Yuko appreciation, and much more! Guided tours Japanese Garden of the changing exhibitions are available for groups. The gallery also houses a resource library with information on the visual arts from around the world, while posters, postcards, SAAG’s own award-winning publications, Canadian art magazines and unique, affordable gifts are available in the Gallery Shop.

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden


Southern Alberta Art Gallery

Entertainment Whether you wish to take in a theatrical performance, or see the concert of 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-Bennett Theatre (in the same complex) 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. Jean Baptiste Day, aboriginal festivals, and 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 Tickets can be purchased for most events at the Ticket Centre, or 403-329-SEAT (7328).

New West Theatre Yates Centre 403-329-SEAT (7328)

New West Theatre is Lethbridge’s professional theatre company! Productions range each year from contemporary Canadian theatre to Theatre for Young Audiences to very popular music-comedy revue shows. Throughout July and August, New West Theatre fills the Yates Centre with high energy shows bursting with hilarious comedy and amazing music!

Sports Entertainment

Lethbridge has a variety of sports entertainment facilities 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 see 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 schedules see: Lethbridge has five 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 participating.

The Ticket Centre

To obtain tickets for the majority of sporting events and performances in Lethbridge contact the Ticket Centre at or 403-329-SEAT (7328).

Yates Memorial Centre

New West Theatre


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

Swimming Pools

Visit any of the three municipal indoor pools, two outdoor pools or the Gyro Spray Park located behind Nicholas Sheran Leisure Centre. In addition, pools are located at the YMCA and University of Lethbridge. Public swimming information line: 403-320-4970

Ice Sports & Skating

Six indoor ice centres house a variety of sports including the Lethbridge Curling Club which operates out of the Civic Curling Centre. During the summer, ice is available as well as numerous sports clinics, summer ball hockey and lacrosse leagues. Public skating information line: 403-320-4971

Ball Diamonds & Sports Fields

Lethbridge is home to the Prairie Baseball Academy (Lloyd Nolan Yard), and the Lethbridge Bulls (Henderson Stadium) plus there is an active Minor Baseball program. The impressive Softball Valley Complex provides 10 diamonds and a club house that hosts community leagues and tournaments. Field sports including soccer, rugby, football and lacrosse utilize numerous fields including the new nortside Lethbridge Sports Park (a premium 6 field soccer & rugby complex) and the University of Lethbridge.

Indoor Soccer, Judo, Gymnastics and Climbing Centres

Active community groups operate Community Savings Place Indoor Soccer Centre, Lethbridge Kyodakan Judo Club, West Winds Gymnastics Club, and The Ascent Climbing Centre (operating at the University of Lethbridge).

Outdoor Centres

Interesting outdoor activity centres include the massive Lethbridge Fish & Game Shooting Range, the Skate Park & BMX track (located in the Dave Elton Athletic Park) and the Ted Petrunia Lawn Bowling Green. Other recreation choices are offered by local golf courses, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge College, YMCA and YWCA.

“When we’re not away for games, I find there is plenty to do in Lethbridge.” - Tanner Craswell, Bulls Baseball






ICE CENTRES Adams Park Ice Centre

13th St & 9th Avenue N



Civic Ice Centre

911 - 6th Avenue S



Henderson Park Ice Centre

7th Avenue & Mayor Magrath Drive S



Labor Club Ice Centre

2020 - 18th Avenue N



Nicholas Sheran Ice Centre

401 Laval Boulevard W



ENMAX Centre

2510 Scenic Drive South


911 - 6th Avenue S


401 Laval Boulevard W


Stan Siwik Family Pool

1901 - 15th Avenue N



Henderson Park Outdoor

2710 Parkside Drive S



Westminster Outdoor Pool

411 - 16th Street N



Y.M.C.A. Pool & Centre

515 Stafford Drive S



Fritz Sick Memorial Pool

420 - 11th Street S



Lethbridge Curling Club

POOLS Nicholas Sheran Leisure Centre Pool


Gyro Spray Ground

Behind Nicholas Sheran Arena, 401 Laval Blvd W

Max Bell Regional Aquatic Centre

4401 University Drive W



OTHER Kyodakan Judo Club

2775 - 28th Avenue S



4401 University Drive W



Y.W.C.A. Centre

604 - 8th Street S



Lethbridge Public Library

810 - 5th Avenue S



Lethbridge Fish & Game Archery at Peenaquim Park

Access off Stafford Drive N South of 25th Avenue N


Special Events in the Parks

Various Locations


Walks/Runs in the Parks

Various Locations


Stafford Drive & 6th Avenue N at Dave Elton Park, behind Nolan Yard


Lloyd Nolan Yard

Dave Elton Park


washrooms, baseball, soccer, biking, skateboarding, inline skating baseball

Canola Harvest Field

Dave Elton Park

Ascent Climbing Centre

SPORTS FIELDS Dave Elton Park Multipurpose Skate Park/BMX



Drive & ParkHenderson Baseball Stadium Mayor Magrath side Drive S Softball Valley Complex Access off Stafford Drive N at Peenaquim Park South of 25th Avenue N




softball, beach volleyball

Atso Towaawa Park

Red Crow Blvd & Mohawk Road W


baseball, soccer

Lethbridge Sports Park (Soccer/Rugby)

28th Street & 30th Avenue N


soccer, rugby

2501 - 28th Avenue S


indoor/outdoor soccer

Community Saving Place Soccer Centre Picnic Shelter Bookings



City Parks Lethbridge prides itself on offering high quality and diverse parkland and recreational opportunities. An extensive urban park system with nearly 150 kilometres of trails provides beautiful areas for walking, jogging, cycling and enjoying a picnic. We offer a variety of choices, from a river valley park system that sprawls over 3000 acres, to a quiet stroll around the manicured gardens of Henderson Lake Park. The Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden featuring lush greenery and solitude amidst the bustle of city life. The City of Lethbridge is a Dutch Elm disease-free community with a population of over 10,000 elm trees. Please help us keep it this way. Do not bring firewood into Lethbridge.

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 the 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. Call 403-320-3020 for information.

Indian Battle Park

Centrally located in the river valley, access by 3rd Ave South Indian Battle Park is situated in the Oldman River valley and provides a natural setting with numerous picnic sites, playgrounds, trails, and picnic shelters for family enjoyment. Special attractions include Fort Whoop-Up, Helen Schuler Nature Centre, Coal Banks Mine Kiosk and the impressive High Level Bridge. Picnic shelters are available for booking. Call 403-320-3020 for information.

Galt Gardens

3rd Avenue and 5th Street South Galt Gardens is “festival central� in downtown Lethbridge. This lovely treed oasis, is in 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 and the new Community Arts Centre set for construction in 2012. Shopping is also in close proximity.

Henderson Lake at Dusk


Indian Battle Park

Brewery Gardens

1st Avenue South and Scenic Drive The Brewery Gardens feature a tiered hillside viewing garden enjoyed by tourists and residents who visit the annual flower beds and seasonal displays at Christmas and other holidays. The gardens are near 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 This is a large, open park perfect for family outings, relaxing in the sun or flying a kite. It features a stocked lake for fishing, walking trails, picnic area, disc golf and playground.

Dog Runs

Recognizing the need for dogs to run, the City of Lethbridge has established three dog runs within City limits. These beautiful, and large, areas are a pleasure to visit for both people and pets. South Side Dog Run: Located west of Scenic Drive and 11 Ave. S North Side Dog Run: Located in Peenaquim Park, just north of the access road at the base of the coulees. West Side Dog Run: Located in Popson Park between the boat launch and the picnic shelter. Rattlesnakes may be present within this area.


Walking & biking trails wind through the coulees, along 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 for information on the parkland pathways and favourite walks (search by pathways, trails and walks).

Storytelling with Fort Whoop-Up


“Lethbridge is a very dog friendly city. There are great dog parks and off-leash areas.” - Sarah Novak, Dog Enthusiast

Christmas Display at Brewery Gardens


City Parks Other Major Parks

Alexander Wilderness Park is a tranquil nature reserve and birders paradise with walking trails, picnic tables & washrooms located on North Stafford Drive past 26 Avenue North. Cottonwood Park Nature Reserve offers fantastic views of the river valley to the southwest of the City. A shale trail leads to a lookout area. Discover the regenerating effect of the 1995 flood on the cottonwood forest in this unique park. Lethbridge Nature Reserve features the Helen Schuler Nature Centre which has and three self-guided trails for your enjoyment. Across the river on the west floodplain you’ll find the Elizabeth Hall Wetlands with an award winning interpretive signage program and bird blind. Pavan Park provides a riverside view of the Oldman River and offers a booked group picnic shelter, picnic sites, playground and walking opportunities in a natural environment for family enjoyment. This park is also home to the Whoop-Up Saddle Club Equestrian Centre located at 110 – 62nd Avenue North. Popson Park and Oldman River Observatory provides a booked group shelter situated in the river valley. Continue south on University Drive West.

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


6th Avenue & Scenic Drive South

BREWERY GARDENS 1st Avenue South & Scenic Drive



Access University Drive or Whoop-Up Drive pedestrian bridge


60th Avenue West


7th Street South & 3rd Avenue South

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





Ask for a Lethbridge Street and Facilities Map


This list outlines some of our major parks and gardens. Check City of Lethbridge website at for information.


For more information call 403-320-3020

DOG RUN & Softball Diamonds DOG RUN

A Great Place To Learn

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College opened in 1957 as the first public community college in Canada, and now offers programs in business, human services, health, trades, technology, justice, media and design, and more. The campus sits on 274 acres of beautifully landscaped prairie at the top of the coulees with views of the mountains on the horizon to the west. Recreation facilities are available for public use year round. Hubbard Collection is a new and unique feature of the College’s Virtual Wildlife Project in the environmental science department. The collection of approximately 100 southern Alberta wildlife specimens is available for 3-D viewing on the College website, or in-person tours can also be arranged.

University of Lethbridge

The University of Lethbridge was officially opened in 1972. Designed by acclaimed Canadian architect, Arthur Erickson, the main structure spans two coulees, and offers sweeping views of the city and river valley from the west bank of the Oldman River. In addition to offering unique undergraduate and graduate programs, the University is proudly home to the Canadian Centre for Behavioral Neuroscience and the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research. The U of L is also a popular conference facility and performing arts venue. Visitors to Lethbridge can enjoy state of the art fitness and recreation facilities including an indoor running track, climbing wall and the Max Bell Aquatic Centre, all part of the comprehensive Centre for Sport and Wellness.


So You Think You Know Lethbridge?

The people of Lethbridge have mostly been upstanding, hard-working, law-abiding residents who worked in the coal mines and industries of Lethbridge, struggled to create farms on the dry, windy prairies; raised their children, and built a modern, robust city. Mostly. History is often written as if these hard-working people were the only ones who existed – as if there were no scandal or scoundrels, no strange quirky people and events. Lethbridge, like all communities, had its fair share of the odd and unusual, and people who were simply there for a good time. Lethbridge’s coal mining history starts with Nicholas Sheran. Born in New York City, Sheran came to the area looking for gold (sorry, you won’t find gold here) but instead started a coal mine in Lethbridge’s river valley. This was a pivotal point in Lethbridge (and Alberta) history. Sheran was the first commercial coal miner in Alberta and the start of Sheran’s mine has been named a National Historic Event. For his historic role, several places in Lethbridge have been named in his honour. Ironically, two things named for him were a swimming pool and a lake – Nicholas Sheran drowned in the river in 1882. By the mid 1880s Lethbridge was a coal mining frontier town. There were three times more men than women in the community and numerous saloons. Alberta’s first brewery was started in the river valley in the 1880s. Called Noel’s Brewery, it made beer in ten days. The beer wasn’t pasteurized or sediment free, but it was beer. And considering the quality of the water at the time, drinking beer made sense. The first two deaths in Lethbridge were from typhoid - a water-born disease, so the beer was in some ways safer. While Lethbridge grew and prospered, some areas of the city took longer to change. A former Lethbridge resident said that in the 1920s Lethbridge was the “wickedest city in the wickedest province in Canada.” His impression stemmed from many factors. Lethbridge was the only city in Alberta to vote against prohibition. In the early 1920s the largest gambling raid to that date in Alberta history took place in Lethbridge. And for a while Lethbridge reportedly had the largest red light district in western Canada. Some people have suggested that in the 1920s and 1930s, this district was Lethbridge’s #1 tourist attraction. The district was closed in the 1940s.


Lesser Known Historical Happenings Before you get the wrong idea completely that Lethbridge was backward, Lethbridge was often on the cutting edge of medical knowledge and practice. The Province of Alberta used Lethbridge’s medical bylaws when drafting the first provincial health laws. The first appendectomy in western Canada was performed in Lethbridge in the 1880s. The surgery was done on a pool hall table by Dr. Frank Mewburn, Lethbridge’s pioneer doctor. And in the 1890s Dr. Mewburn went to Fort Macleod to assist with an extra-ordinary surgery. One NWMP blacksmith had crushed his lower leg and Mewburn was one of two doctors who attempted to replace the man’s shin bone with a dog’s bone. As you may well imagine, the surgery did not work (this isn’t possible even today). When asked afterward how the patient was, the doctor’s response was, “ RUFF”. The joke is bad, but the story is true. The doctors were forced to do a second surgery in Lethbridge to remove the dog bone. Doctors in Lethbridge were busy in other ways as well. An 1886 Lethbridge News announcement stated: “Mr. S.H. Macdonald of the AngloAmerican Hotel was the recipient of a nugget of no mean proportions on Tuesday afternoon. It was of the masculine gender and weighed about 15 pounds. Mother and child are doing well.” It is not only our medical history of which Lethbridge residents can brag. The first air crossing of the Canadian Rockies had a Lethbridge connection. In 1919 a contest was held to see if someone could fly from Vancouver to Calgary in 18 hours or less. The Vancouver Branch of the Aerial League of Canada, formed from First World War veterans, decided to support one of their members in the attempt. Captain Hoy, a veteran of the Royal Flying Corps, was chosen and became the first person to ever cross the Canadian Rockies by plane. As this was before pressurized planes, and planes could not go over the mountains, Hoy had to literally fly through the mountain passes. For safety, the route chosen followed the railways and roadways as Hoy’s only navigational equipment was a pocket watch and a railway contour map. When Captain Hoy got through the Rockies, he “buzzed” Fort Macleod, dropping to approximately 50 feet and circling the town. In Lethbridge, he thrilled the crowd of approximately 5000 people by touching down, then pulling up, circling the crowd and finally performing a perfect landing, thus presenting the first ever Lethbridge Airshow. Hoy’s stay in Lethbridge was a short one as he still needed to get on to Calgary. He promised to drop off copies of the Lethbridge Daily Herald on his way (literally dropping them from the plane at Nobleford) and made his way to Calgary. In less than 17 hours, Hoy completed the trip to Calgary. A monument to Hoy’s flight can be found in Galt Gardens. Lethbridge today is greatly changed from its coal mining roots and there are many more Lethbridge history stories than can be told in these few short pages. Be certain to take the time to explore Lethbridge and all of its venues. Experience for yourself why people have been coming to Lethbridge for 140 years looking for a good time! Article provide by Belinda Crowson Galt Museum & Archives



LETHBRIDGE COLLEGE 3010 College Dr. S. T1K 8A2 Phone: 403.329.7218 Toll Free: 1.800.572.0103 ext. 7218 e:





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COAST LETHBRIDGE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE 526 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. T1J 3M2 Phone: 403.327.5701 Fax: 403.327.5075


Self-contained units of two- and four-bedroom townhouses and single suites with queen beds available. Comfortable units for group or individual stays. Full wheelchair access. Kitchenettes, high-speed Internet available. Please contact for payment options. Perfect for teams, large groups, or temporary housing. Available May-August.

Full service accommodation experience. Business or standard rooms. Partial wheelchair accessibility. On-site restaurant. Complimentary sauna, fitness room and business centre. Cable TV.

Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast featuring Belgian waffles, indoor pool, spa & 2 story waterslide, large interior courtyard. In-room fridge & coffee.

- In-room flat panel TV, fridge, microwave, and coffee centre. - Free internet and local calls. - Suites with fireplaces and Jacuzzi's available. - 24-hour business centre. - Airport shuttle. - Firestone Restaurant and Lounge on-site.



UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE Conference & Event Services 4401 University Drive West T1K 3M4 Phone: 403.329.2244

THRIFTLODGE LETHBRIDGE 2210 – 7th Avenue S. T1J 1M7 Phone: 403.329.0100 Toll Free: 1.800.661.8091

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

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

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Rent a 4-bedroom town home equipped with a furnished living room, full kitchen, 2 full bathrooms, and a coulee view for the same price as a hotel room! The apartmentstyle rooms are perfect for group/team bookings. Executive meeting spaces that house groups of 5 to 500 are available, and we offer event management packages to accommodate any budget. Accommodations available May-August. We’re here for U!

Located close to all amenities, attractions and major highways. Full wheelchair access. Denny’s Restaurant and Bar One Urban Lounge. Indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness centre. Cable TV, free high speed internet and in-room coffee, tea, hairdryers, iron and ironing boards. $10 pet charge. Extensive meeting space available including catering. Jacuzzi suite, corporate and king rooms available. Four green keys from HAC’s Green Key Eco-Rating Program. 5 time AHLA Housekeeping Award Winner.

Continental breakfast. Children under 17 stay free with Parents. Friendly staff, free wireless internet.

New Orleans-style indoor tropical courtyard with indoor pool and hot tub. Partial wheelchair access. Botanica restaurant, Cotton Blossom Lounge and Esmeralda’s country night club, Cable TV. $10 pet charge. Free high speed and Wi-Fi internet. Conference facilities and banquet rooms for up to 1,000 people. Starbucks on site.

Hotels & Motels


Campgrounds # SITES





BRIDGEVIEW RV RESORT 1501 - 2nd Avenue West T1J 4S5 (in river bottom) Email: Phone: 403.381.2357


$47-$52 213

Open year round, 213 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.

HENDERSON LAKE RV PARK 3419 Parkside Drive South T1J 4R3 Phone: 403.328.5452


$39.50 weekly available

Centrally located on the southside of Lethbridge, near Henderson Lake, the exhibition grounds and golf course. Local transit easily accessible. It is a family oriented campground with lots to do in the nearby area. We are open year-round.




 In-room flat panel TV, fridge, microwave & coffee centre.

 Suites with fireplaces & Jacuzzi’s available.

 Free wireless internet & local calls.

 Firestone Restaurant and Bar on-site.

 Complimentary business centre.

 Indoor pool, hot tub & fitness centre.

526 Mayor Magrath Drive South

403-327-5701 Toll Free: 1-800-663-1144


1303 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. Lethbridge, AB T1K 2R1 Phone: 403-329-0555 Fax: 403-328-8846

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Restaurant & Lounge, room service Fitness room & sauna Business centre Complimentary breakfast Complimentary high speed internet

Phone: 403-329-0555 Fax: 403-328-8846 Toll Free Reservations: 1-800-791-8488 Email:

Lethbridge College Residence Life

Comfortable units at a comfortable price 403.329.7218 • 1.800.572.0103 ext. 7218




Deluxe Continental Breakfast Indoor Pool and Spa High Speed Wireless Internet Meeting Room Fitness & Business Centre Next Door

1030 Mayor Magrath Drive South Lethbridge, AB T1K 2P8 Phone: 403-328-6636 Toll Free Reservations: 1-800-561-9815

421 Mayor Magrath Dr, Lethbridge AB, T1J 3L8 T 403 328 1111 F 403 329 9488

AHLA HOUSEKEEPING AWARD WINNERS 2007-2011! The Sandman Advantage: Centrally located + 139 comfortable guest rooms + Business Centre + Meeting and banquet facilities + Indoor pool and fitness facilities + In-room high speed internet + Bar One Urban Lounge + Denny’s 24 hour Restaurant with room service + Country Kitchen on-site Catering + Shark Club Cold Beer & Wine Store within walking distance

HAC’s Green Key Eco-Rating Program has awarded Sandman Hotel Lethbridge four Green Keys for their environmental initiatives!


Conference & Event Services

We’re Here For U

A great place for teams, groups, families, and long term stays Accommodations Available May through August

For more information visit or call 403-329-2244


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Alberta Birds of Prey Centre Thrill as a falcon swoops by at 60 mph or a huge eagle comes soaring down to land on a trainers arm. Raptor rescue and conservation. Interactive. Open seasonally. 2124 – 16th Ave in Coaldale 403-345-4262

Andrew Hilton Wine and Spirits A favourite destination for wine tourism offering fine wines, spirits and beer. Fun, relaxed, and educational. Over 190 Single Malt Whiskies. Domestic, Import, and micro-brewed beers. 212 – 3rd Avenue South, Lethbridge 403-320-9464 Bowman Arts Centre Professional venue for community, local, regional and provincial exhibitions of traditional and nontraditional works. Meeting and production space for visual & performing arts and meeting space. 811 – 5th Ave South Casino Lethbridge Full service western casino with slot machines and table games. Stagecoach Grill, Deli, Buffalo Bar. Live entertainment weekends. Executive room for private banquets, receptions or meetings up to 48 people. 3756 – 2nd Avenue South 403-381-WINS (9467) www.casinoabs.comw

Coast Lethbridge Hotel and Conference Centre Indoor swimming pool. Hot tub. Cable TV. Fridge, microwave and coffee centre. Conference facility accommodates up to 850 people. Full wheelchair accessibility. Firestone Restaurant and Bar. 403-327-5701 526 Mayor Magrath Dr. South Days Inn Lethbridge In the heart of downtown. Indulge in your shopping and enjoy the best of downtown cuisine just steps away. Deluxe Daybreak complimentary breakfast. Free wireless internet. Indoor pool, waterslide. Pet friendly. 100 – 3rd Avenue South Toll free 1-800-661-8085 Downtown Lethbridge Experience the lively character and rich atmosphere in Downtown Lethbridge. Shop at the local boutiques, have a business lunch at an outdoor patio or enjoy the stimulating “coffee culture.” 310 – 6 Street South 403-327-9002


Odds’ll love us Casino Lethbridge is open daily with 44,000 square feet of gaming space featuring a full service lottery ticket centre, over 400 gaming machines, fourteen table games and six poker tables offering No Limit Hold’em tournaments every Sunday afternoon and Monday and Wednesday evenings (pre-registration is advised). Call 403-381-ANTE (2683) for more information.* *minimum age requirement - 18 years old

Restaurants, Bars and Entertainment • Deli • Stagecoach Grill - Restaurant • Buffalo Bar and Showroom • Live Entertainment every Friday and Saturday night at 9:00pm

Meeting Space For special events, book our Executive Room. It is a great location for private banquets, receptions or meetings. With a special catering menu available for up to 48 people, leave all the planning to us. Contact: (403) 320-1251 Email:

Hours of Operation Doors open every morning at 9:30am for breakfast. Slot Machines: Daily .............................. 10:00am - 3:00am

Table Games: Daily .............................. 12:00pm - 2:00am

Poker: Sunday ......................... Tournaments* Monday........................ Tournaments* Tuesday ........................ Poker Room Wednesday ................. Tournaments* Thursday ....................... Cash Games Friday & Saturday........ Cash Games

11:00am/Cash Games 12:00pm 6:30pm/Cash Games 2:00pm Closed 6:30pm/Cash Games 2:00pm 2:00pm - 3:00am 12:00pm - 3:00am

*Casino Lethbridge reserves the right to modify or cancel tournaments at their discretion.

For further information, please contact: Tel: (403) 381-9467 • Fax: (403) 328-9211 •

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Exhibition Park The fourth oldest Agriculture Society in Alberta. Since the first fair in 1897, it has hosted more than a century of agriculture, tradeshows, midways, rodeos, sporting events, and numerous special events. 3401 Parkside Drive South 403-328-4491 Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site Experience the action of a notorious whiskey fort with interactive elements commemorating the legacy of the NWMP, Aboriginal people, courageous pioneers, and colourful people and events that shaped Western Canada. Scenic Drive and 3rd Aveune South into the river valley. 403-329-0444

Galt Museum & Archives Vibrant community gathering place where stories of south western Alberta unfold in hands-on exhibits, tours, programs and events. Museum Store carries unique Alberta books and gifts. Amazing view, gardens, interpretive trails. West end of 5 Avenue S, off Scenic Drive 403-320-GALT (4258)

Jasmine Room Come and shop the Jasmine Room for beautiful antiques and collectibles, gifts, jewellery and more. Visit the Tea Room for lunch or dessert, with your choice of over 150 teas. 1112 – 6 Avenue South 403-394-9281

Guesthouse Restaurant Breakfast, lunch and supper served daily. Meeting space and catering available for groups and events. Love our Buffet or it’s free! Green Restaurant Certified. A-110 WT Hill Blvd., just off Hwy 3 East 403-394-9333 Heidelberg Inn Standard rooms and king business rooms, internet, business centre, restaurant & lounge, sauna and fitness room. Close to hospital, college, exhibition, shopping and restaurants. Excellent for business, leisure or family. 1303 Mayor Magrath Dr South 1-800-791-8488 Helen Schuler Nature Centre Experience nature first hand. Explore the cottonwood floodplains and coulee ecosystem through centre programs, exhibits, and walking trails. Wildlife and natural environments. Group and individual programs available. Open year round. Scenic Drive and west on 3rd Ave South into the river valley 403-320-3064

Josee’s Handmade Imports Unique, special gifts for all occasions. Sterling silver jewellery, exotic artwork, handmade clothing, statues, furniture, crystals and much more. Features product from countries such as Asia Pacific, and South America. 412 – 1 Avenue South Lethbridge 403-327-9059


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Lethbridge Centre Lethbridge Centre is a diverse downtown building that is home to many of the city’s leading professional services, health services, government offices, The Bay, conference rooms and more. 200 – 4th Avenue South 403-327-6211

Tours & Charters 13 Passenger Executive Bus


tours group travel golf tours teams Montana destinations airport charter service to Lethbridge, Calgary & Great Falls

6 Passenger Vehicle Also Available


Lethbridge College Housing Perfect for family events, sports tournaments and out-of-town guests! Affordable housing for short and long-term stays between May and August. Fully-furnished, modern one- and two-bedroom suites or four-bedroom town houses. 403-329-7218 1-800-572-0103 ext. 7218 Lethbridge Public Library Local history, books, newspapers and periodicals. Meeting room space. Services for children, teens, adults & seniors. Main Branch: 810 – 5th Avenue South 403-380-7310 The Crossings Branch: 255 Britannia Way Blvd. W. 403-320-4037 Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra Semi-professional orchestra that performs in Lethbridge and area. Two concert series presented annually. Full orchestral Master Series featuring works from current and classic composers, and Chamber Series, featuring chamber ensembles. 403-328-6808

Mocha Cabana Coffee Lounge, Wine Bar & Patio Enjoy a sumptuous meal or cool drink on the patio. Live music every week, wine tastings every month, and fun every day! “Not far away, just far enough.” 317 – 4 Street South 403-329-6243

National Car and Truck Rental #1 choice for car rentals in Lethbridge with free local customer pick up and return. Short and long term rentals, 12 – 15 passenger vans, 5th wheel and trailer hitches available. Two Locations: Lethbridge Airport: 417 Stubb Ross Road or 3316 1st Avenue South 403-380-3070 New West Theatre Top live entertainment attraction showcasing popular music-comedy revues and contemporary Canadian Theatre. Tickets by single production purchase or subscription. Six shows per year. All seasons.

Pizza Hut Delicious pizzas, pastas and more! Perfect for a night out or an evening in, Pizza Hut has a restaurant and delivery services. “Your Favourites. Your Pizza Hut.” 310-10-10

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Refresh your senses in an oasis of tranquility and celebrate Japanese-Canadian culture. The authentic Japanese gardens reflect the magnificent mountain and prairie scenery of southern Alberta. Open seasonally at 9th Avenue South & Mayor Magrath Dr. 403- 328-3511

Osho’s Japanese Restaurant Traditional seating available for a true Japanese experience. Delicious sushi, sashimi and full meal menu. Liquid Lounge full menu Fridays & Saturdays. Accommodates large parties and private functions. Delivery available. 403-327-8382 311- 4 Street South

Premier Inn & Suites Modern comfort with old fashioned values. Single, double & family rooms in a new property. Continental breakfast, accessible rooms, Jacuzzi, exercise room. Non smoking facility. Green Key Eco-rating Program. Toll free 1-888-757-6884


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Ric’s Grill Steak Seafood & Chophouse Fine dining high above Lethbridge in a refurbished water tower. Panoramic views of city, prairie & mountains. Come up to see the view. Lounge with sparkling night views. Reservations accepted. 103 Mayor Magrath Dr. South in the Lethbridge water tower. 403-317-7427 Sandman Hotel Jacuzzi suite, corporate, & king rooms available. Fitness facilities and indoor pool. Free high speed internet. Denny’s 24 hour restaurant with room service. Bar One Urban Lounge. Meeting and banquet facilities available. 421 Mayor Magrath Dr. South 1-800-266-4660 lethbridge Southern Alberta Art Gallery One of Canada’s top ten contemporary art galleries. Artists from the world, Canada & locally. Educational and public programming including classes for children and teens, professional development, seniors and business community. 601 – 3rd Avenue South 403-327-8770

The Ticket Centre Central ticket sales for Lethbridge Hurricanes, ENMAX Centre, Yates Memorial Theatre, Southminster United Church (Symphony) and other major concerts and events. ENMAX Centre - 2510 Scenic Drive South Yates Memorial Centre 1002 - 4 Avenue South 403-329-SEAT or Tompkins Jewellers Specialists in Ammolite, the famous Southern Alberta gemstone. Ammolite mine tours available June 24, July 29 and August 26. Includes transportation to and from the mine. Limited spaces available. 326 – 7th Street South Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2G2 403-327-3119 University of Lethbridge Our ballrooms, classrooms, meeting, and theatre spaces can accommodate tradeshows and groups up to 500. Co-ordination and event management services are available. Group/ team bookings are welcome in our accommodations May -August.


Entertainment, Handy Shopping&Services

Lethbridge Terms If you are new to Lethbridge, you may hear locals mention a few unusual terms and place names. Here are a just a few.

LA – Perhaps you’ve heard of LA. This LA stands for Lethbridge, Alberta. It is the little city which had 86,659 people as of the 2010 Census . This LA is located 250 km southeast of Calgary on Highway 3. This is the LA that gets snow in the winter and where it seems like it is windy much of the time. But this LA is blessed with chinooks to melt the snow, unlike much of Canada which has to shiver all the way through winter. Chinooks – One scientific definition for chinook is “a warm dry wind blowing down the eastern slopes of the Rockies”. But in Lethbridge, a chinook can be both a blessing and a curse. We love having these warm, howling winds blowing over the Rocky Mountains as they provide a pleasant respite from winter. They are also a bit of a tease from Mother Nature and result in unpredictable winter driving conditions. Still, having a 15-20 degree Celsius day or two in the middle of February, is always a nice treat. Yes, the wind will wear on one’s psyche, but at least you don’t have to shovel it. Mayor Magrath Drive – This is the main north and south artery marked by the water tower on the north end of the strip. Mayor Magrath Drive is lined with numerous motels and hotels, bars, pubs and restaurants. The Lethbridge Bulls play at Spitz Stadium, which is on Mayor Magrath Drive, next to Henderson Lake Park. Mayor Magrath Drive is also one setting for Street Wheelers Weekend, which is a popular summer event, attracting classic car buffs from all over North America. The Street Wheelers parade up and down Mayor Magrath Drive, communing with kindred spirits and showing off their coolest cars. The Sugar Bowl – If you are driving on Scenic Drive during winter, you will see a “bowl” on the east side of the road marked by numerous youth enjoying winter fun on a variety of sleds and toboggans, then scrambling back up, then sliding down again. Repeat as necessary until cheeks are rosy or tuckered-out parents beckon their kids to head home. Coulee – Moulded by millions of years of glacial activity, wind and erosion of the Oldman River, the coulees form a natural, geological landmark making Lethbridge distinct. Hiking or cycling along the river are great ways to enjoy the spectacular view of the High Level Bridge or the distinctive University of Lethbridge which is sometimes referred to as “the box that the train bridge came in.” The river valley includes much of the 142 km of walking trails available in the city. The river valley is sometimes referred to as “the river bottom”. Whoop-Up – If you are interested in the wilder sides of Lethbridge history, go to Fort Whoop-Up, which is what Lethbridge was originally called, because “whooping it up” is what the founding scoundrels where known to do. Fort Whoop-Up is a full scale replica of the original Fort built in 1967 by the Kinsmen Club of Lethbridge. Fort Whoop-Up was one of many whiskey trading forts along the Belly River in the 1870s where local Blackfoot First Nations would trade buffalo furs or robes with traders for whiskey and essential supplies. Explore the Fort to learn how the original settlers lived. The West Side – When people talk about the west side they mean the other Lethbridge – on the west side of the coulees which is home to the University of Lethbridge. If you are driving along Scenic Drive, it’s the Lethbridge you see across the river valley. There are neighbourhoods, schools and Paradise Canyon, one of Canada’s Top 60 golf course according to Golf Digest. Galt Gardens – Galt Gardens was donated to the city in 1885 by the Galt family, the original founders of Lethbridge. It has traditionally been a place to stroll, and enjoy music and arts festivals. Galt Gardens is the centre piece of downtown and is 9.16 acres in size. During the summer there are a variety of events here under the pergola, including Creature Theatre, a Helen Schuler Nature Centre program which teaches young people about the denizens of southern Alberta in a dramatic and fun way. It takes place every Thursday evening during the summer. SAAG – One major attraction downtown is The Southern Alberta Art Gallery on the southern perimeter of Galt Gardens. Their mission is to foster the work of contemporary artists who challenge boundaries and encourage broad public engagement and promotes awareness and exploration of artistic expression. Gift shop on site. Article By Richard Amery


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.


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, five high schools with additional private Christian schools and a francophone public school. The city also offers 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.: E.: Or the Lethbridge “Lethbridge is great because of the people Chamber of Commerce who live here. I’m proud to be a part of this city” at (403) 327-1586

- Trevor Panczak, Recording Artist


While you’re savouring the sights, take time to savour the flavour from our many dining choices!

May We Suggest … Favourites from Across Western Canada Botanica Restaurant

320 Scenic Dr. S (Lethbridge Lodge Hotel & Conference Centre) (403) 331-6909


421 Mayor Magrath Drive S (Sandman Hotel) (403) 381-9090


Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse & Bar 2375 Mayor Magrath Drive S (403) 380-6573

Pizza Hut

1306 Mayor Magrath Drive S (403) 310-1010

Ric’s Grill Steak Seafood & Chophouse

#200, 103 Mayor Magrath Drive S (Water Tower) (403) 317 -7427

203 – 13 Street S (403) 320-7677

McDonald’s Restaurants

Ricky’s All Day Grill

various locations (403) 328-8840

2420 Fairway Plaza Road S (403) 327-3088

Quick Bites Arby’s


216 –1 Avenue S (403) 320-8702

various locations (403) 328-7751

Dairy Queen

McDonald’s Restaurants

1152 Mayor Magrath Drive S (403) 327-6440


various locations (403) 328-8840

Park Place Mall Food Court 501 – 1 Avenue S (403) 320-0008

Unique to Lethbridge Athens by Night

Lethbridge Centre – various

1303 Mayor Magrath Drive S (Heidelberg Inn) (403) 328-5077

4th Ave & 4th St S (403) 327-6211

Broxburn Vegetables & Cafe

Lighthouse Japanese Restaurant

Casino Lethbridge

Mocha Cabana Cafe

Centre Village Mall – various

O-Sho Japanese Restaurant

Cudo’s Lounge

Paradise Canyon Golf Resort

Firestone Restaurant & Bar

Penny Coffee House

Guesthouse Restaurant

Regent Restaurant

Henderson Lake Golf Club

Treats Eatery & Bluenote Bar

Jasmine Tea Room

Two Guys & A Pizza Place

La Mezza Luna Italian Ristorante

Whitbie’s Fish & Chips

Broxburn Road (403) 327-0909

3756 – 2 Avenue S (403) 381-9467

1240 – 2nd A Ave N (403) 328-8853

708 – 3 Avenue S (403) 328-4828 317 – 4 Street S (403) 329-6243

311 – 4 Street S (403) 327- 8382

1009 Mayor Magrath Drive S (Travelodge Lethbridge) 185 Canyon Blvd W (403) 328-2366 (403) 381-6400 532 Mayor Magrath Drive S (Coast Lethbridge Hotel) 331 – 5 Street S (403) 329-3473 (403) 320-5282

A-110 W.T. Hill Blvd S (403) 394-9333

2727 South Parkside Drive S (403) 327-3652 1112 – 6 Avenue South S (403) 394-9281

2433 Fairway Plaza Road S (403) 327-3067

1255 – 3 Avenue S (403) 328-7800

1104 Mayor Magrath Drive S (403) 380-4880 1281 – 3 Avenue S (403) 331-2222

866 Heritage Blvd W (403) 317-7797

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Day Trips

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:

Travel Time From Lethbridge HISTORIC SITES

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

Fort Museum of the NWMP


Writing-on-Stone Park


Travel Time From Lethbridge MAJOR PARKS

PARK LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 minutes 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

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Remington Carriage Museum


Travel Information

Chinook Country Tourist Association

Lethbridge Visitor Information Centres 2 time Gold Medal Winner - RV WEST Reader’s Choice Awards: FAVOURITE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE IN ALBERTA For more information on Lethbridge contact: 1-800-661-1222 (403) 320-1222 / 320-1223 Website: Email: 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: 9am to 5pm daily Hours are extended to 7pm from May 23 to September 5. Services: 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. Hours: Services:

May 23 to September 5 - 9am to 7pm daily March 1 to May 22, Sept. 6 to Oct 31 - Tuesday to Saturday 9am-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

Climate 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.

Temperature Guide 35ºC / 95ºF 30ºC / 86ºF 20ºC / 68ºF 0ºC / 32ºF -10ºC / 14ºF -20ºC / -4ºF


a heat wave a hot day room temperature water freezes a pleasant winter day a cold winter day

Canada uses the celsius temperatures scale where the freezing point = 0ºC. To convert celsius into fahrenheit degrees: ºC x 9/5 + 32 = ºF


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.

Important Contact Numbers

For other numbers not listed below please see




911 or (403) 327-3333

Lethbridge Regional Police Service

911 or (403) 328-4444

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

(403) 329-5010

Lethbridge Regional Hospital 9th Avenue & 18th Street S.

(403) 382-6111 (Switchboard)

Metric System

Canada uses the metric system for weights, measures and distances. Distance: 1 kilometre (km) = 5/8 mile To calculate: kilometres x .6 = mileage Miles x 1.6 = kilometres Miles per hour / Kilometres 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


Travel Information PORTS OF ENTRY




Open Year Round

Open Year Round

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Open Year Round

Open Year Round

7:00 am - 11:00 pm


May 15 - May 31

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

June 1 - Labor Day

7:00 am - 10:00 pm

ADEN, ALBERTA Whitlash, Montana

CARWAY, ALBERTA Peigan, Montana (Hwy 2)

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

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

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

Open Year Round

June 1 - September 15 7:00 am - 10:00 pm September 16 - May 31 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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

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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2011 Visit Lethbridge Guide  

Lethbridge, Alberta Visitor Guide

2011 Visit Lethbridge Guide  

Lethbridge, Alberta Visitor Guide