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Lethbridge Alberta

VISITORS GUIDE

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ALBERTA BIRDS OF PREY CENTRE CANADA’S LARGEST CONSERVATION CENTRE FOR HAWKS, FALCONS, EAGLES, AND OWLS

Watch our daily flying shows (WEATHER PERMITTING)

 Open Daily  

May 10 to September 10 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

403-345-4262

www.burrowingowl.com LOCATED IN COALDALE ONLY 10 MINUTES EAST OF LETHBRIDGE


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

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So You Think You Know Lethbridge - Lesser Known Historical Happenings

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Lethbridge Map

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Accommodations & Campgrounds

Downtown Lethbridge

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Service Directory

Attractions

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Handy Lethbridge Terms

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Entertainment

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A Great Place to Live

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Recreation & Sports

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Restaurants

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City Parks

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Day Trips

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A Great Place to Learn

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Travel Information

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Welcome to Lethbridge

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The High Level Bridge

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Major Events

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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: info@chinookcountry.com Website: www.exploresouthwestalberta.ca 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 VisitLethbridge.com, 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

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 Memorial Theatre. 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

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The High Level Bridge

High Level Bridge Illuminated

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,

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Nobleford and Barons. There were also large coal reserves to be tapped in Coalhurst, Diamond City, Shaughnessy and Picture Butte. The CPR wanted to service these profitable areas. All of these factors resulted in the desire to build Lethbridge’s High Level Bridge. Construction of the bridge took 2 years. It was designed and built by the Dominion Bridge Company of Walkerville, Ontario who hired 100 men to work on the project. The quantities of materials required to build the bridge were massive! It took 17,090 cubic yards of concrete, 12,436 tons of steel, and 328,000 field rivets to fasten the steel together. These materials made up approximately 900 carloads! The new line between Lethbridge and Fort Macleod was 8 kilometres (5 miles) shorter, and took only one hour compared to two hours. The overall grade of the new line was 0.4% compared to 1/2%, which meant using less fuel on the trip. The new line saved 4.8 full circles of curvature in the tracks, greatly reducing wear on the rails and wheels. In 2009, the High Level Bridge reached its 100th Anniversary. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Lethbridge’s Del Allen and other interested parties worked with D.A. Electric Ltd. and the Canadian Pacific Railway to place lights beneath the bridge, so that it could be lit up on special occasions for the viewing pleasure of Lethbridge residents and visitors. The High Level Bridge has been a recognizable symbol for rail transportation in southern Alberta for over 100 years, and it will continue to serve this industry and provide inspiration for years to come.

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Major Events

June 16-23 – Lethbridge Pride Fest

Formed in 2009 after identifying a need to celebrate diversity, Lethbridge Pride Fest was created. Activities take place at many venues during the week at this, Southern Alberta’s largest Pride festival. Information can be found at www.lethbridgepridefest.com

July 13 -15 – Street Machine Weekend

This event, started in 1978, draws more than 1,100 vehicles to events at Exhibition Park and various other venues throughout the city. Events include the Friday Night Controlled Cruise, the 100 Ft Dash, Auto Slalom, and the Show and Shine. For more information: www.streetwheelers.com

July 21-22 – Alberta International Air Show

In its 21st year, this event is known for drawing spectacular line-ups and performers that may not otherwise be presenting in Canada. For more information see www.albertaairshow.ca

August 21-25 – Whoop-Up Days Family Festival

Our annual summer celebration, Whoop-Up Days is a city-wide event with fun for the entire family including a parade, children’s activities, chuckwagon races, pro-rodeo, headline entertainment, a midway, and more! For more information see www.exhibitionpark.ca

September 28-30 – Lethbridge Arts Days 2012

A celebration of the arts that takes place in downtown Lethbridge at many different venues, in conjunction with Alberta Arts days. Events include ArtWalk, an Artisan Market, and activities for all ages. For more information go to www.artsdayslethbridge.org .

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Events Listings

May 2012

6 Arts Alive and Well 35th Anniversary Celebration www.saag.ca 8-9 Aggie Days www.exhibitionpark.ca 12 Japanese Gardens Season Opening www.nikkayuko.com 19 Moonlight Viewing www.nikkayuko.com June 14 - 17 Jazz Fest www.lethbridgejazz.com 16 Father’s Day Event www.nikkayuko.com 16 Moonlight Viewing www.nikkayuko.com 16-26 Pride Fest www.lethbridgepridefest.com 22 Exhibition Opening www.saag.ca 23 Kite Festival www.nikkayuko.com July Dates tba New West Theatre July Music-Comedy Revue Show www.newwesttheatre.com 1 Dominion Day www.fortwhoopup.com 1 Canada Day festivities www.lethbridge.ca 1 Canada Day Fireworks www.lethbridge.ca 2 Tanabata Tanzuko Festival www.nikkayuko.com 6, 7, 8 Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival www.lethbridgedragonfest.ca 7, 14, 21, 28 Heritage Weekend Saturdays www.fortwhoopup.com 13 Happy Hour www.saag.ca 13 -15 Street Machine Weekend www.streetwheelers.com 14 Nikka Yuko Birthday Party www.nikkayuko.com 21 Moonlight Viewing www.nikkayuko.com 21-22 Alberta International Air Show www.albertaairshow.ca 28 House Tours and Tea www.saag.ca August Dates tba New West Theatre August Music-Comedy Revue www.newwesttheatre.com 4 Summer Celebration www.nikkayuko.com 4, 11, 18, 25 Heritage Weekend Saturdays www.fortwhoopup.com 10-11 Hot August Weekend www.exhibitionpark.ca 18 Moonlight viewing and Nagashi Floating Lanterns www.nikkayuko.com 21-25 Whoop-Up Days Family Festival www.exhibitionpark.ca September 1 Heritage Weekend Saturday www.fortwhoopup.com 15 Art Auction www.saag.ca 15 Dinner and Date event www.nikkayuko.com 17 Keiro No Hi- Senior’s celebration www.nikkayuko.com 23 The Word On the Street Festival www.lethlib.ca 27 Mayor’s Luncheon for Business and the Arts www.artslethbridge.org 28-30 Lethbridge Arts Days 2012 www.artsdayslethbridge.org 29 Exhibition Opening www.saag.ca

October

13 Moonlight viewing 19 Happy Hour

30-Dec 1 The BIG Christmas Trade Show

November

December

1 The BIG Christmas Trade Show 1 Exhibition Opening

www.nikkayuko.com www.saag.ca www.exhibitionpark.ca www.exhibitionpark.ca www.saag.ca

Ongoing 2012 Events: Saturdays May 12 - October 27 Farmers’ Market 403-328-4491 Wednesday July 4 - Sept. 12 Dowtown Farmers’ Market 403-328-4491

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February 27 - March 1 March 13 - 16 August 20 - 24 April 20

Ag Expo Lethbridge Home and Garden Show Whoop-Up Days The Children’s Festival

403-328-4491 403-328-4491 403-328-4491 403-328-4491

www.exhibitionpark.ca www.exhibitionpark.ca www.exhibitionpark.ca www.exhibitionpark.ca www.exhibitionpark.ca www.exhibitionpark.ca

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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 specialty 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 www.downtownlethbridge.com

Rotary Centennial Plaza

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Wednesday Farmer’s Market


Attractions

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

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 oncein-a-lifetime photograph. Daily flight shows available (weather permitting).

Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge

318 – 7 Street South 403-320-0555 www.artslethbridge.org Email: info@artslethbridge.org Find us on Facebook & Twitter The Allied Arts Council (AAC) is a not-for-profit umbrella organization representing over 200 artists and arts organizations in Lethbridge. The AAC promotes arts events and coordinates the annual Lethbridge Arts Days festival in the fall 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 www.artslethbridge.org/arts-calendar

“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

Bowman Arts Centre

811 – 5 Avenue South 403-327-2813 www.communityartscentre.org 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

Allied Arts Council

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Attractions

Exhibition Park

3401 Parkside Drive South 403-328-4491 www.exhibitionpark.ca 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 www.exhibitionpark.ca.

Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site West end 3rd Avenue South, down in the River Valley 403-329-0444 www.fortwhoopup.com Before there were Mounties. Before there was an Alberta. There was a Whoop-Up. Looking for something fun to do in Lethbridge? Re-live the fur trade, explore beautiful Blackfoot artifacts and an extensive firearms gallery, or play with the live animals – and maybe dodge a gunfight! Down 3rd Ave S. thru the coulees, Downtown Lethbridge Closed Tuesdays. Hours online. Family rate still just $18.69 www.fortwhoopup.com

Galt Museum & Archives

West end 5th Avenue South and Scenic Drive 1-866-320-3898 www.galtmuseum.com 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 look for pelicans and bald eagles. 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. Be sure to ask about our backpack and our 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: www.galtmuseum.com. We are now open to 9:00 pm Thursdays.

Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site

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Galt Museum & Archives


Helen Schuler Nature Centre

Indian Battle Park 403-320-3064 www.lethbridge.ca/hsnc 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 Ph: Customer Services – 403-380-7311 The Crossings Branch 255 Britannia Boulevard West Ph: Customer Services- 403-320-4037 Web: www.lethlib.ca The Library connects you to ideas through access to eResources, books, magazines, databases, public use computers, free “For people who are bird watchers, Wi-Fi and so much more. At the Main Lethbridge is a great home base. Branch,, visit the Millennium Rock We have internationally renowned Garden and the Lois Hole Memorial Pakowki Lake that’s within driving Garden, both designed in Japanese distance and many other hot spot landscape style. As a downtown birding areas.” gathering place, we invite you to delve – Coreen Putman, into a history collection initiated by Helen Schuler Nature Centre Senator Buchanan, view art exhibits, visit our café 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 www.lethlib.ca for event listings for both Branches. Join us for ‘The Word on the Street’, a national festival celebrating reading and literacy on September 23rd.

Helen Schuler Nature Centre

The Crossings Library

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Attractions Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden

Mayor Magrath Drive and 9th Avenue South 403-328-3511 www.nikkayuko.com Built during Canada’s Centennial, the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden will be celebrating its 45th 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. Come visit our beautiful Gift Shop.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery 601 – 3 Avenue South 403-327-8770 www.saag.ca

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 do here, many parks to enjoy, its exhibitions. The gallery’s park setting and proximity to local cafés and shopping make great places to eat out, and it an excellent place to drop in during a day’s the people are very friendly” outing. Its many programs include weekly – Tia Kinjo, Nikka Yukko noon-hour films, family events, courses in art Japanese Garden appreciation, and much more! Guided tours 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

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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 Memorial 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 www.lethbridge.ca. Tickets can be purchased for most events at the Ticket Centre, www.lethbridge.ca/tickets or 403-329-SEAT (7328).

New West Theatre Yates Memorial Theatre 403-329-SEAT (7328) www.newwesttheatre.com

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 Memorial Theatre 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 www.enmaxcentre.ca. Lethbridge Bulls Baseball play home games at Spitz 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: www.bullsbaseball.com. 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. Tickets can be purchased for most events at the Ticket Centre, www.lethbridge.ca/tickets or 403-329-SEAT (7328).

Yates Memorial Centre

New West Theatre

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Recreation & Sports Lethbridge has a variety of sports entertainment facilities as well as numerous venues for participation. Check out www.lethbridge.ca 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 (Spitz 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 northside 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.

“I love Lethbridge, there are a lot of great sports organizations and the people are always very friendly� - Jamie Odney, Lethbridge College

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FACILITY NAME

FACILITY ADDRESS

BOOKING INQUIRIES

RECORDED PROGRAM & SCHEDULE INFORMATION

ICE CENTRES Adams Park Ice Centre

13th St & 9th Avenue N

403-320-3009

403-320-4971

Civic Ice Centre

911 - 6th Avenue S

403-320-3009

403-320-4971

Henderson Park Ice Centre

7th Avenue & Mayor Magrath Drive S

403-320-3009

403-320-4971

Labor Club Ice Centre

2020 - 18th Avenue N

403-320-3009

403-320-4971

Nicholas Sheran Ice Centre

401 Laval Boulevard W

403-320-3009

403-320-4971

ENMAX Centre

2510 Scenic Drive South

403-320-4040

911 - 6th Avenue S

403-327-1213

401 Laval Boulevard W

403-320-3046

Stan Siwik Family Pool

1901 - 15th Avenue N

403-320-3054

403-320-4970

Henderson Park Outdoor

2710 Parkside Drive S

403-320-3056

403-320-4970

Westminster Outdoor Pool

411 - 16th Street N

403-329-3026

403-320-4970

Y.M.C.A. Pool & Centre

515 Stafford Drive S

403-327-9622

403-320-4970

Fritz Sick Memorial Pool

420 - 11th Street S

403-320-3109

403-320-4970

Lethbridge Curling Club

POOLS Nicholas Sheran Leisure Centre Pool

403-320-4970

Gyro Spray Ground

Behind Nicholas Sheran Arena, 401 Laval Blvd W

Max Bell Regional Aquatic Centre

4401 University Drive W

403-329-2658

403-329-2117

OTHER Kyodakan Judo Club

2775 - 28th Avenue S

403-320-7316

403-320-7316

4401 University Drive W

403-328-7673

403-329-2706

Y.W.C.A. Centre

604 - 8th Street S

403-329-0088

403-329-0088

Lethbridge Public Library

810 - 5th Avenue S

403-380-7310

403-380-7310

Lethbridge Fish & Game Archery at Peenaquim Park

Access off Stafford Drive N South of 25th Avenue N

403-328-7949

Special Events in the Parks

Various Locations

403-320-3011

Walks/Runs in the Parks

Various Locations

403-320-3011

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

403-328-9066

Lloyd Nolan Yard

Dave Elton Park

403-320-1302

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

Canola Harvest Field

Dave Elton Park

403-320-2025

baseball

Spitz Stadium

Mayor Magrath Drive & Parkside Drive S

403-320-2025

baseball

Softball Valley Complex at Peenaquim Park

Access off Stafford Drive N South of 25th Avenue N

403-327-6393

softball, beach volleyball

Atso Towaawa Park

Red Crow Blvd & Mohawk Road W

403-320-3011

baseball, soccer

Lethbridge Sports Park (Soccer/Rugby)

28th Street & 30th Avenue N

403-320-3011

soccer, rugby

2501 - 28th Avenue S

403-320-5547

indoor/outdoor soccer

Ascent Climbing Centre

SPORTS FIELDS Dave Elton Park Multipurpose Skate Park/BMX

Community Saving Place Soccer Centre Picnic Shelter Bookings

403-320-3020

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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 enjoying a picnic. 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. 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 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

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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.

Trails

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

Indian Battle Park

“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

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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 three self-guided trails for your enjoyment. Across the river on the west flood-plain 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

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)

Access University Drive or Whoop-Up Drive pedestrian bridge

COTTONWOOD PARK

60th Avenue West

GALT GARDENS

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

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PATHWAYS

PICNIC SHELTERS

PICNIC TABLES

Ask for a Lethbridge Street and Facilities Map

WASHROOMS

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

PLAYGROUND

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.

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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. 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.

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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. In the 1890s Dr. Mewburn went to Fort Macleod to assist with an extraordinary 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. Article provide by Belinda Crowson Galt Museum & Archives

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ECONOLODGE INN & SUITES 1124 Mayor Magrath Drive South T1K 2P8 Phone: 403.328.5591 Toll Free: 1.877.777.5591 frontdesk@econolodge-lethbridge.com www.econolodge-lethbridge.com

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS (PARTIAL/FULL)

DAYS INN LETHBRIDGE 100 - 3rd Ave. S. T1J 4L2 Phone: 403.327.6000 Toll Free: 1.800.661.8085 sales@ladaysinn.com www.ladaysinn.com

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CANADAS BEST VALUE INN 1142 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. T1K 2P8 Phone: 403.328.4436 Toll Free: 1.800.708.8638

LETHBRIDGE HOTELS/MOTELS

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

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, available in rooms movies, 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.

- Non Smoking and Smoking Rooms, Cable TV/DVD/Fridge/Free Wifi/ Kitchenettes and Suites - 2 rooms with barrier free access - Weekly and monthly rates - Close to restaurants and many attractions. Continental breakfast. - Children under 17 stay free with parents.

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

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

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Recently upgraded building, on site laundry, plenty of parking, upgraded rooms, high speed internet access, close to shopping and golf course, a variety of restaurant and Henderson Lake Park within walking distance.

Located close to all amenities, attractions and major highways. Full wheelchair access. Denny’s Restaurant and Bar One Urban Lounge. Indoor pool, 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. 5 time AHLA Housekeeping Award Winner.

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.

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.

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BRIDGEVIEW RV RESORT 1501 - 2nd Avenue West T1J 4S5 (in river bottom) www.holidaytrailsresorts.com Email: bridgeview@holidaytrailsresorts.com Phone: 403.381.2357

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$47-$54 213

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 www.hendersoncampground.com Phone: 403.328.5452

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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.

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 In-room flat panel TV, fridge,  Suites with fireplaces & Jacuzzi’s microwave & coffee centre. 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

Toll Free: 1-800-663-1144

403-327-5701

Website: coasthotels.com

Lethbridge College Residence Life

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

lethbridgecollege.ca/residence

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AHLA HOUSEKEEPING AWARD WINNERS 2007-2012!

So Many Reasons To Stay: Centrally located | Business centre | Meeting and banquet facilities | Indoor pool and fitness facilities | Complimentary high-speed Internet | Bar One Urban Lounge | Denny’s 24 hour Restaurant with room service | On-site catering | Shark Club Cold Beer & Wine Store

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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 www.uleth.ca/conference or call 403-329-2244

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Service Directory

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 Avenue in Coaldale 403-345-4262 www.burrowingowl.com

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.com

Allied Arts Council With an objective of encouraging arts activities in Lethbridge and the surrounding district, the Allied Arts Council coordinates activities of member organizations and promotes the arts as well as hosting art events for the community throughout the year. 318 – 7th Street South 403-320-0555 www.artslethbridge.org

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 info@coasthotels.com www.coasthotels.com

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 403-320-9464 www.andrewhiltonwine.ca 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 Avenue South www.communityartscentre.org

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 www.exhibitionpark.ca 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 www.fortwhoopup.com

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Odds are... you’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: foodandbeverageleth@casinoabs.com

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 ........................ Cash Games Wednesday ................. Tournaments* Thursday ....................... Cash Games Friday & Saturday........ Cash Games

11:00am/Cash Games 12:00pm 6:30pm/Cash Games 2:00pm 2:00pm - 3:00am 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 • www.casinoabs.com


Galt Museum & Archives Vibrant community gathering place where stories of southwestern 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) info@galtmuseum.com www.galtmuseum.com

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 www.jasmineroom.com

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 hsnc@lethbridge.ca

Lethbridge Centre Enclosed two storey multi-use complex with retail, department and professional services available. Tallest office tower in Downtown Lethbridge! The Bay, TD Bank, and family resource centres available. 200 – 4th Avenue South 403-327-6211 www.lethbridgecentre.ca

Integraair.com Lethbridge to Edmonton Cranbrook to Edmonton

1-877-213-8359

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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 www.lethbridgecollege.ab.ca/go/residence Lethbridge Public Library Local history, books, newspapers and periodicals. Meeting room space. Services for children, teens, adults & seniors. Main Branch: 810 – 5th Avenue South 403-380-7311 The Crossings Branch: 255 Britannia Way Blvd. W. 403-320-4037 www.lethlib.ca 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 www.lethbridgesymphony.com 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 www.mochacabana.ca

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The Lethbridge Symphony produces over 15 annual events, including our Master Series, Chamber Series, Kids Choir and other collaborations. { music that speaks LOUDER than words } www.lethbridgesymphony.org

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 www.nationalcar.ca


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. 403-329-SEAT (7328) www.newwesttheatre.com 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 www.nikkayuko.com

1358 Mayor Magrath Dr S Dine-in, Take-out, Delivery 15 Mic Mac Blvd W Take-out, Delivery

403-310-1010 Open daily from 11:00am

www.pizzahut.ca

Osho 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 www.oshojapanese.com

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 www.ricsgrill.com

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VARSITY HOME SCHEDULE 15-Apr

University of Calgary Dinos

12:00 PM 3:00 PM

21-Apr

Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack 12:00 PM

21-Apr

University of Calgary Dinos

22-Apr

Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack 10:00 AM

22-Apr

University of Calgary Dinos

1:00 PM

28-Apr

Okanagan College Coyotes

1:00 PM 3:00 PM

29-Apr

Okanagan College Coyotes

10:00 AM 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

May 10-12, 2012 - Kamloops, British Columbia Canadian College Baseball Conference Championship Tournament

JR. VARSITY HOME SCHEDULE 10-Mar Vauxhall Academy

11:00 AM 1:00 PM

11-Mar Vauxhall Academy

11:00 AM 1:00 PM

17-Mar Badlands Academy

11:00 AM 1:00 PM

18-Mar Badlands Academy

11:00 AM 1:00 PM

14-Apr

Okotoks Jr. Dawgs

10:00 AM 3:00 PM

15-Apr

Okotoks Jr. Dawgs

10:00 AM 3:00 PM


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 www.sandmanhotels.com/hotel/alberta/lethbridge

Tompkins Jewellers Specialists in Ammolite, the famous Southern Alberta gemstone. Ammolite mine tours available July 13 and August 24. Includes transportation to and from the mine. Limited spaces available. 326 – 7th Street South Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2G2 403-327-3119 tompkinsjewellers@gmail.com www.tompkinsjewellers.com

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 www.saag.ca

University of Lethbridge We’re here for U! Our accommodation facilities are perfect for groups and teams with 200+ beds in 73 rooms. Conference & meeting rooms for groups up to 500 and event management services are available. 4401 University Drive West Lethbridge 403-329-2244 www.uleth.ca/conference

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 (7328) www.lethbridge.ca/tickets or www.enmaxcentre.ca

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If you are new to Lethbridge you may hear locals mention a few terms that are foreign to your ears, but terms of endearment to them. Here are 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 were 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 courses 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

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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 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 E.: info@chooselethbridge.ca Or the Lethbridge “Lethbridge is great because of the people who Chamber of Commerce live here. I’m proud to be a part of this city” at (403) 327-1586 - Trevor Panczak, Recording Artist

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

3010 – 26 Avenue S 403-320-8702

Dairy Queen

1152 Mayor Magrath Drive S 403-327-6440

Lethbridge College 3000 College Drive S 403-320-3200

KFC

Various Locations 403-328-7751

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

University of Lethbridge (various locations) 403-329-2111

Western Canada Favourites Botanica Restaurant

Pizza Hut

Denny’s

Ric’s Grill Steak Seafood & Chophouse

(Lethbridge Lodge Hotel & Conference Centre) 320 Scenic Drive S 403-331-6909 (Sandman Hotel) 421 Mayor Magrath Drive S 403-381-9090

Earls

203 – 13 Street S 403-320-7677

Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse Casual (Holiday Inn Lethbridge) 2375 Mayor Magrath Drive S 403-380-6453

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1358 Mayor Magrath Drive S 403-320-0099

103 Mayor Magrath Drive S 403-317 -7427

Ricky’s All Day Grill

2420 Fairway Plaza Road S 403-327-3088


Unique to Lethbridge Broxburn Vegetables & Cafe Broxburn Road 403-327-0909

Casino Lethbridge 3756 – 2 Avenue S 403-381-9467

Centre Village Mall (various locations) 1240 – 2nd Ave A N 403-328-8853

Cudo’s Lounge

1009 Mayor Magrath Drive S (Travelodge Lethbridge) 403-328-2366

Firestone Restaurant & Bar 532 Mayor Magrath Drive S (Coast Lethbridge Hotel) 403-329-3473

Guesthouse

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

Henderson Lake Golf Club

2727 South Parkside Drive S 403-327-3652

Jasmine Room

1112 – 6 Avenue S 403-394-9281

Legends Pub & Grill

2433 Fairway Plaza Road S 403-327-3395

Lethbridge Centre (various locations) 400 - 4 Ave S 403-327-6211

Mocha Cabana Cafe 317 – 4 Street S 403-329-6243

Namu Korean & Western Grill 1303 Mayor Magrath Drive S 403-328-5077

O-Sho Japanese Restaurant 311 – 4 Street S 403-327- 8382

Paradise Canyon Golf Resort 185 Canyon Blvd W 403-381-6400

Penny Coffee House 331 – 5 Street S 403-320-5282

Regent Restaurant 1255 – 3 Avenue S 403-328-7800

Treats Eatery & Bluenote Bar 1104 Mayor Magrath Drive S 403-380-4880

Two Guys & A Pizza Place (takeout) 1281 – 3 Avenue S 403-331-2222

Whitbie’s Fish & Chips 866 Heritage Blvd W 403-317-7797


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.

Attractions

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

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

Fort Museum of the NWMP

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Writing-on-Stone Park


Attractions

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 HERITAGE ACRES (NE of Pincher Creek Hwy 785) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 minutes KOOTENAI BROWN PIONEER VILLAGE (Pincher Creek) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 minutes TOWN OF VULCAN TOURISM & TREK STATION (Vulcan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 minutes BOMBER COMMAND MUSEUM OF CANADA (Nanton) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 minutes CASTLE MOUNTAIN RESORT (west of Pincher Creek) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 hours OKOTOKS ERRATIC ROCK (west of Okotoks Hwy 7) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 hours HIGHWAY 22 “THE COWBOY TRAIL” (Waterton to Bragg Creek) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 to 4 hours

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Remington Carriage Museum

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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: www.exploresouthwestalberta.ca 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: 9am to 5pm daily Hours are extended to 7pm from May 15 to September 3. 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 3 - 9am to 7pm daily March 1 to May 22, Sept. 3 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

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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


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. Red Arrow Motorcoach: Operates Lethbridge to Calgary, Red Deer, and Edmonton daily. For more information, call 1-800-232-1958 or visit www.redarrow.ca. 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 www.lethbridge.ca

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

PHONE NUMBER

Ambulance/Fire

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) 388-6111 (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 = miles 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

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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

Seasonal

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 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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Chinook Country Tourist Association Lethbridge Visitor Information Centres 2805 Scenic Drive South (Main OďŹƒce) 50 - 1st Ave South (Brewery Gardens) Lethbridge, Alberta Toll Free Information: 1-877-396-6777 Local: (403) 320-1222

www.ExploreSouthwestAlberta.ca

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