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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 9:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. 403-345-4262 • www.burrowingowl.com

Located in Coaldale

(only 10 minutes east of Lethbridge)

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Welcome to Lethbridge...................................4 - 5 The High Level Bridge.......................................6 - 7 Major Events.........................................................8 - 11 Downtown Lethbridge.....................................12 Attractions............................................................13 - 14 Dining.....................................................................15 Services and Shopping.....................................16 Tours & Sports......................................................17 Things to Do.........................................................18 - 19 Entertainment.....................................................20 Chinook Country Tourist Association..........21 Recreation & Sports...........................................22 - 23 City Parks...............................................................24 - 25 Lethbridge Map..................................................26 - 27 City Parks...............................................................28 - 29 A great place to learn........................................30 A great place to live...........................................31 Handy Lethbridge Terms.................................32 Travel Information..............................................33 - 36 Explore Southwest Alberta.............................37 Visit Lethbridge APP..........................................38 Accommodations...............................................39 Restaurants...........................................................40 - 41 Featured Advertisers.........................................42 - 50 Lethbridge Bulls..................................................51 Printed in USA for free distribution

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WELCOME TO

LETHBRIDGE! 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 in Lethbridge. 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 and warm summer evenings when the sky bursts into colour make for some glorious outdoor experiences.

YOU 5 THINGS MUST DO!

1 History

Take a step back in time to learn about the history of Lethbridge. The Galt Museum and Fort Whoop-up National Historic Site make history come alive 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.

2 Indian Battle Park

Our beautiful river valley park is home to the Helen Schuler Nature Centre where you will more than likely have an encounter with 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.

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3 Downtown 4

The past and present converge in the ever evolving streetscapes of Downtown Lethbridge. The unique shopping experiences will delight you and friendly merchants will make you feel welcome in our one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants and coffee spots. Enjoy public art as well at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) and Casa while you are in the vicinity.

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden & 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. You may see local dragon boat racing teams training on the water in preparation for their big summer festival. Stop by the Farmers’ Market at Exhibition Park every Saturday morning in the spring, summer and fall!

5 Dinner and 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 the city at Ric’s Grill in the water tower. When it comes to summertime entertainment, you’ll want to enjoy what Lethbridge residents have been doing for years: 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. 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! 5 exploresouthwestalberta.ca


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. When 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 trains to half their original lengths and have them travel at half speed (only 24 kilometres or 15 miles per hour). Westbound trains had 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 were reassembled into a single train! There were also other challenges with the old rail route between Lethbridge and Fort Macleod. The route dropped down to cross two river valleys, and trains had 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 cars. The old rail line between Lethbridge and Fort Macleod was not very profitable. However, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was building interconnecting spur lines throughout Southern Alberta to areas that had recently been opened to 6 exploresouthwestalberta.ca


homesteading - such as Vulcan, Carmangay, 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 those profitable areas. All of these factors resulted in the desire to build the High Level Bridge in Lethbridge. Construction of the bridge took two 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 instead of two. The overall grade of the new line was reduced from 1.2% to 0.4%, which meant using less fuel on the trip. The new line saved 4.8 full circles of curvature in the tracks, easing 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 on 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 just over 100 years, and it will continue to serve this industry and provide inspiration for years to come. 7 exploresouthwestalberta.ca


MAJOR EVENTS June 16 - 21 Lethbridge Pride Fest

Lethbridge Pride Fest, formed in 2009, celebrates diversity. Activities take place at many venues during this, Southern Alberta’s largest Pride festival, with a Pride Parade taking place downtown on the major festival event day, Saturday June 21st. Check www.lethbridgepridefest.ca for information.

June 27 - 29 2014 ATB Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival

Join the teams from novice to competitive, and from near and far, as their boats make their way across Henderson Lake. While some teams paddle for fun, others are pursuing the gold medal. This free event includes vendors, a beer garden, live entertainment, and children’s activities throughout the weekend. For more information go to www.lethbridgedragonfest.ca

July 1 Canada Day

Join us in Galt Gardens downtown, at Henderson Lake, or at one of the many venues in the community celebrating this national event. Live music, vendors, and activities for the family are part of the celebrations. A full schedule of all venues and activities can be found at www.lethbridge.ca in June.

July 11 – 13 Street Machine Weekend

This event started in 1978 and draws more than 1100 vehicles to events at Exhibition Park, Galt Gardens and other venues throughout the city. Events include the Friday Night Controlled Cruise, the 100 Foot Dash, Auto Slalom, and the Show and Shine. For more information go to www.streetwheelers.com

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MAJOR EVENTS August 19 – 23 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, chuck-wagon races, pro-rodeo, headline entertainment, a midway, and more! A parade winds through the downtown and into other areas of the city on the morning of the first day of this annual event. For parade route and more information see www.exhibitionpark.ca

September 21 The Word On The Street Festival Join The Lethbridge Public Library, sponsors and volunteers to celebrate the joy of words – written, sung, spoken and read. The Word On The Street is a national festival that is celebrated in five cities across Canada; 2014 will be the 4th year for the Lethbridge event which takes place on the streets surrounding the Main Branch of the Library. It includes authors, presentations, music, street theatre and workshops along with a vibrant marketplace and best of all it’s free. Check www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/ Lethbridge for details.

September 21 – 28 Alberta Culture Days 2014 The festival is a celebration of the arts that takes place primarily in downtown Lethbridge at many different venues. The festival is held 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

And watch for many other events such as the Lethbridge Jazz Festival June 12-14, Love & Records on September 13, and the Lethbridge Entertainment Expo on November 22-23, 2014.

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MAJOR COMMUNITY EVENTS 2014 FEBRUARY 2014

17 Family Day Event www.fortwhoopup.com 20 Hedley www.enmaxcentre.ca 22-23 2014 International Pow Wow www.enmaxcentre.ca 27-March 8 Harvest by Ken Cameron www.newwesttheatre.com 26-28 Ag Expo & The North American Seed Fair www.exhibitionpark.ca 27-March 8 Helen Schuler Nature Centre Grand Re-opening www.lethbridge.ca/hsnc 28- March 1 PBR Bullriding Challenge www.enmaxcentre.ca

MARCH 2014 3 5 6-8 7 12-15 28-30

Backyardigans www.enmaxcentre.ca Harlem Globetrotters www.enmaxcentre.ca Nerd Fest www.galtmuseum.com Happy Hour www.saag.ca Home & Garden Show www.exhibitionpark.ca Canada West Short Track Competition Speedskating Championships

APRIL 2014

12 Lethbridge Children’s Festival www.exhibitionpark.ca 17 Florida Georgia Line www.enmaxcentre.ca 19 Eggstravaganza www.galtmuseum.com 22 SAAG Cinema www.saag.ca 29-30 UFA Aggie Days – Agricultural Education Show www.exhibitionpark.ca

MAY 2014 3 4 7 10

Regional Heritage Fair www.galtmuseum.com Exhibit Opening – Arts Alive and Well in the Schools www.saag.ca Taste of Downtown www.galtmuseum.com Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens Opening Day www.nikkayuko.com

JUNE 2014

7 “Woven In Time” exhibit opens www.galtmuseum.com 12-14 Lethbridge Jazz Festival www.lethbridgejazz.com 14 Moonlight Viewing www.nikkayuko.com 15 Nature Play Day www.lethbridge.ca/hsnc 16-21 Lethbridge Pride Fest www.lethbridgepridefest.com 19 Best of the Best Summer Wine [& Beer] Tasting www.galtmuseum.com 27-29 2014 ATB Financial Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival www.lethbridgedragonfest.ca

JULY 2014

TBA New West Theatre July Music – Comedy Revue Show www.newwesttheatre.com 1 Canada Day and fireworks www.lethbridge.ca 1 Dominion Day at Fort Whoop-Up www.fortwhoopup.com 4, 10, 17, 18, Shakespeare in the Park www.artslethbridge.org 24, 25, 31 11-13 Street Machine Weekend www.streetwheelers.com 12 Moonlight Viewing www.nikkayuko.com 14 Japanese Garden Birthday www.nikkayuko.com 17-27 National Junior Little League Championships www.jrllcanadians.com 26 House Tours and Tea www.saag.ca

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MAJOR COMMUNITY EVENTS 2014 AUGUST 2014

TBA New West Theatre August Music – Comedy Revue Show www.newwesttheatre.com 1, 7, 8 Shakespeare in the Park www.artslethbridge.org 9 Moonlight Viewing www.nikkayuko.com 9-10 Hot August Summer Nights www.exhibitionpark.ca 19 Scenic Plaza Whoop Up Days BBQ www.galtmuseum.com 19-23 Whoop-Up Days www.exhibitionpark.ca

SEPTEMBER 2014

5 Beer [& Wine] Tasting www.galtmuseum.com 6 Moonlight Viewing www.nikkayuko.com 13 Love & Records www.loveandrecords.ca 13 Art Auction www.saag.ca 18 Mayor’s Luncheon www.artslethbridge.org 20 “Treasures & Curiosities: The Sequel” exhibit opens www.galtmuseum.com 21 The Word On The Street www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/Lethbridge 21-28 Alberta Culture Days www.artslethbridge.org 28-30 National Female Hockey Challenge www.enmaxcentre.ca

OCTOBER 2014

TBA New West Theatre Contemporary Canadian Play www.newwesttheatre.com 4 Moonlight Viewing www.nikkayuko.com 13 Nikka Yuko Closes for season www.nikkayuko.com 18 Green Life Expo www.exhibitionpark.ca

NOVEMBER 2014

21 Bright Lights Festival and Midnight Madness www.downtownlethbridge.com 21-22 Provincial Football – Alberta Bowl 22-23 Lethbridge Entertainment Expo www.lethbridgeexpo.com 28-29 The BIG Christmas Trade Show and Farmers’ Market www.exhibitionpark.ca

DECEMBER 2014

6 Exhibit Opening www.saag.ca TBA-Jan ‘15 New West Theatre Music-Comedy Revue www.newwesttheatre.com TBA-Jan ‘15 New West Theatre for Young Audiences Production www.newwesttheatre.com 31 New Year’s Eve Family Fest www.exhibitionpark.ca

ONGOING EVENTS

Farmers’ Market Exhibition Park – Saturdays – May 10 to October 25 www.exhibtionpark.ca Downtown Farmers’ Market Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. – July 2 to September 10 www.exhibtionpark.ca Heritage Saturdays Fort Whoop-Up - Saturdays - July 5 to August 30 www.fortwhoopup.com

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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 Rotary Plaza fountain and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, 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 and conference room facilities.

The Taste of Downtown

Downtown Lethbridge has an abundance of restaurants with many menus offering a wide choice of cuisines. Much of the globe’s cuisine is represented here, including sushi, steaks, pasta and unique ethnic 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 street corners to the Farmers’ Market in July and August at Festival Square (just off of 3 Avenue and 6 Street South). Several community festivals, performances, events and activities are hosted in downtown Lethbridge and Galt Gardens. Check out First Friday – a monthly festival of events that combines and showcases all of the community events happening in Downtown Lethbridge. 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 www.downtownlethbridge.com or www.firstfridaylethbridge.com. 12 exploresouthwestalberta.ca


ATTRACTIONS

Alberta Birds of Prey Centre 2124 16 Avenue, Coaldale, AB 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.  Each visitor will have the opportunity to have a live owl perch on his or her arm for a once-in-a-lifetime photograph.  Daily flight shows available (weather permitting).

Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site Scenic Drive S & 3 Avenue S into the river valley, Lethbridge, AB 403-329-0444 • www.fortwhoopup.com Experience a notorious whiskey fort with 12 fully appointed period rooms, two Blackfoot Galleries, and a huge firearms collection interpreting the history of the NWMP, Blackfoot Confederacy, and colourful scoundrels and events that shaped western Canada. Gift Shop with trade goods and concession. Horse Drawn Tours.

Galt Museum & Archives West end of 5 Avenue S, off Scenic Drive S, Lethbridge, AB 403-320-GALT (4258) • www.galtmuseum.com A vibrant community gathering place where stories of southwestern Alberta unfold in hands-on exhibits, audio tours, programs and events. Museum Store carries unique Alberta books and gifts. Amazing view, gardens, interpretive trails.

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ATTRACTIONS Helen Schuler Nature Centre Scenic Drive S & 3 Avenue S into the river valley, Lethbridge, AB 403-320-3064 • www.lethbridge.ca/hsnc Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature in cottonwood forests, coulees and river environments. Programs, exhibits, and walking trails. Fully accessible green roof. Wildlife and natural environments. Group and individual programs available. Open year round.

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden 9 Avenue S & Mayor Magrath Drive, Lethbridge, AB 403-328-3511 • www.nikkayuko.com Refresh your senses in an oasis of tranquility and celebrate JapaneseCanadian culture. The authentic Japanese Garden reflects the magnificent mountain and prairie scenery of Southern Alberta. Open seasonally

Southern Alberta Art Gallery 601 3 Avenue S, Lethbridge, AB 403-327-8770 • www.saag.ca Stop by one of Canada’s leading contemporary art galleries. Enjoy art from local, national and international artists or stop by the Shop at SAAG for unique jewellery, home décor and more. If you are in town for a while, check out our website to see what great educational programs we are offering for audiences of all ages.

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DINING

Broxburn Vegetables & Café 3 miles east of Lethbridge on Highway #3 & ¼ mile south on Broxburn Road, Lethbridge, AB 403-327-0909 • www.broxburn-vegetables.com Your Country Farm Experience! Fresh produce available from April until December. U-Pick strawberries in season. Join us for lunch or let us tempt you with our coffee & fresh pie!

Mocha Cabana Coffee Lounge, Wine Bar & Patio 317 4 Street S, Lethbridge, AB 403-329-6243 • www.mochacabana.ca Enjoy a sumptuous meal or cool drink on the patio. Live music every week, wine tasting 1st Monday of the month, and fun every day! “Not far away, just far enough.” Locals promoting Locals.

Osho Japanese Restaurant 311 4 Street S, Lethbridge, AB 403-327-8382 • www.oshojapanese.com Traditional seating available for a true Japanese experience. Delicious sushi, sashimi and full meal menu. Liquid Lounge with full menu Fridays & Saturdays. Accommodates large parties and private functions. Delivery available.

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SERVICES KB Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. 3020 16 Avenue N, Lethbridge, AB 403-328-0337 • www.kbheating.com After a day of exploring Southwest Alberta return home to a climate controlled paradise. Call KB today for the latest in furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters and fireplaces. We provide 24-Hour Service. Serving Southern Alberta for 30 Years.

Green’s Pop Shop Ltd. 613 13 Street N, Lethbridge, AB 403-329-4848 or 680 Columbia Boulevard W, Lethbridge, AB 403-381-7011 Locally owned and operated by the Green family for decades. The store sells everything you’d expect a convenience store to carry – with a good dose of character on the side. Venture in for a cold drink or a late night snack. Open daily. Bottle depot also available.

SHOPPING Intrigue Lingerie Boutique 313 7 Street S, Lethbridge, AB 403-329-1810 • ilb@telus.net Our goal is to ensure that every woman who enters our store is provided with a comfortable, relaxing and knowledgeable experience while shopping for her intimate apparel. With our wide range of manufacturers, styles and sizes combined with our fitting expertise, we strive to increase any women’s confidence and comfort in the lingerie she is wearing. Besides our great selection of bras, including strapless, sports bras and nursing bras, we carry a great selection of sleepwear, shape wear, and maternity/nursing wear.

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TOURS Tompkins Jewellers Ltd. Ammolite Tours 326 7 Street S, Lethbridge, AB 403-327-3119 • www.tompkinsjewellers.com Specialists in Ammolite, the famous Southern Alberta gemstone. Ammolite mine tours available July and August. Includes transportation to and from the mine. Limited spaces available.

SPORTS Alpenland Ski & Sports Ltd 1202 3 Avenue S, Lethbridge, AB 403-329-6099 • www.alpenland.ca Alpenland is Lethbridge’s longest running ski, snowboard and bike shop. For over 35 years we’ve served Lethbridge and the surrounding area with the best service, selection and knowledge for the ski, snowboard and cycling community. We’re proud to be 100% locally owned and operated.

Lethbridge Sport Council 410 Laval Blvd W, Lethbridge, AB 403-320-5412 • www.lethbridgesportcouncil.ca LSC provides leadership and a collective voice for sport, encourages an active lifestyle, promotes quality sport experiences for all, hosts sport events throughout the year and coordinates sport tourism opportunities.

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THINGS TO DO

Allied Arts Council 318 7 Street S, Lethbridge, AB 403-320-0555 www.artslethbridge.org With an objective of encouraging arts activities in Lethbridge and the surrounding district, the Allied Arts Council coordinates activities of member organization, promotes the arts and hosts events for the community throughout the year.

Casa 230 8 Street S, Lethbridge, AB 403-327-2272 • www.casalethbridge.ca Casa is a unique new facility that sets a new standard for interdisciplinary arts centres. It is about experimentation, incubation, learning and growing. Casa was built to serve a multi-generational community, with varying art skill sets and interests in all disciplines of the arts. Visit our stunning Gallery, learn a new skill in our classes and workshops, or just drop in to see what Casa has to offer.

Exhibition Park 3401 Parkside Drive S, Lethbridge, AB 403-328-4491 • www.exhibitionpark.ca The fourth oldest Agriculture Society in Alberta. Since the first fair in 1897, it has hosted more than a century of agriculture shows, tradeshows, midways, rodeos, sporting events, and numerous other special events.

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THINGS TO DO Lethbridge Public Library Main Branch: 810 5 Avenue S 403-380-7311 The Crossing Branch: 255 Britannia Boulevard W 403-320-4037 www.lethlib.ca Local history, books, eResources, WiFi, computers, newspapers, magazines. Meeting room space. Services and events for children, teens, adults and seniors.

New West Theatre 1002 4 Avenue S, Lethbridge, AB 403-329- SEAT (7328) for tickets Or 403-381-9378 for administration www.newwesttheatre.com Top live entertainment attraction showcasing popular MusicComedy Revues and contemporary Canadian theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences. Tickets by single production purchase or subscription Five shows annually. All seasons.

Ticket Centre 403-329-SEAT (7328) www.lethbridge.ca/tickets or www.enmaxcentre.ca Central ticket sales for Lethbridge Hurricanes, ENMAX Centre, Yates Theatre. Outside ticketing services for events all over Alberta.

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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 venues 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 ATB Financial Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, Street Wheelers Weekend, the Lethbridge Entertainment Expo, 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 Theatre 403-329-SEAT (7328) • www.newwesttheatre.com New West Theatre is Lethbridge’s professional theatre company!  A fun night should include this live entertainment attraction showcasing popular Music-Comedy Revues, contemporary Canadian theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences.  New West Theatre fills the Yates Centre with shows bursting with hilarious comedy and amazing music, engaging Canadian works and delightful productions for young people!

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. The Lethbridge Bulls baseball team plays home games at Spitz Stadium on 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 to professional calibre. Bridge Valley Golf Course, Evergreen Golf Course, Henderson Lake Golf Course, the Lethbridge Country Club and world famous Paradise Canyon Golf & Country Club offer plenty of challenges for every golfer! Outdoor and indoor pools, public skating arenas, skateboard and bike parks, the Lethbridge Curling Club, Lethbridge Community College and the University of Lethbridge all offer fun activities for spectators and participants. Tickets can be purchased for most events at the Ticket Centre, www.lethbridge.ca/tickets or 403-329-SEAT (7328). 20 exploresouthwestalberta.ca


Unique Gifts Not Just Souvenirs TAKE A PIECE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA HOME!

• Friendly Staff, Affordable Prices • Maple Products, Teas, Coffee • Scarves, T-shirts, Jewellery, Watches, Books, Picture Frames, Lethbridge Memorabilia • Western Décor • Ammolite, Hematite & Glacier Pearl Jewellery

• Food Gift Sets • BBQ Items • Stuffed Animals, Umbrellas, Bags, Postcards, Magnets • Wine Coolers, Corkcicles • and much, much, more!

• Kid Friendly Gifts & Games

CHINOOK COUNTRY TOURIST ASSOCIATION 1.800.661.1222 Scenic Drive Information Centre & Rest Area Located at Scenic Dr. & Mayor Magrath Drive S. Open 9am to 5pm daily

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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 (please note that Henderson Outdoor Pool will be closed for renovations in 2014), the Gyro Spray Park located behind Nicholas Sheran Leisure Centre, or the Rotary Centennial Fountain downtown in Galt Gardens. 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 Ice Centre. During the summer, ice is available at two ice centres. 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). There is also an active Minor Baseball program. The impressive Softball Valley Complex provides 10 diamonds, batting cages, and a club house where community league games and tournaments are hosted. Field sports including soccer, rugby, football and lacrosse utilize numerous fields including Lethbridge Sports Park (a premium six field soccer & rugby complex) and the University of Lethbridge Community Sports Stadium.

Indoor Soccer, Judo, Gymnastics and Climbing Centres

Active community groups operate the Servus Sports Centre (which houses two regulation-size indoor soccer pitches), Lethbridge Kyodokan Judo Club, West Wind Gymnastics Club, and the Ascent Climbing Centre (operating at the University of Lethbridge), among many others!

Outdoor Centres

Interesting outdoor activity centres include the massive Lethbridge Fish & Game Shooting Range, the new SLP Skate Park located next to Henderson Ice Arena and the Spitz Stadium, the Skate Park & BMX Track located in the Dave Elton Athletic Park, the Mountain Bike Park in Botterill Bottom 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 and others. More information on recreation and sport facilities may also be found in the Visit Lethbridge and Active Lethbridge Apps. 22 exploresouthwestalberta.ca


RECREATION & SPORTS FACILITIES BOOKING INQUIRIES

RECORDED PROGRAM & SCHEDULE INFORMATION

FACILITY NAME

FACILITY ADDRESS

Adams Park Ice Centre

13 Street & 9 Avenue N

403-320-3009 403-320-4971

Civic Ice Centre

911 - 6 Avenue S

403-320-3009 403-320-4971

Henderson Ice Centre

7 Avenue & Mayor Magrath Drive S

403-320-3009 403-320-4971

Labor Club Ice Centre

2020 - 18 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 S

403-320-4040

Lethbridge Curling Club

911 - 6 Avenue S

403-327-1213

ICE CENTRES

POOLS Nicholas Sheran Leisure Centre Pool

401 Laval Boulevard W

403-320-3046 403-320-4970

Stan Siwik Family Pool

1901 - 15 Avenue N

403-320-3054 403-320-4970

Henderson Outdoor Pool

2710 Parkside Drive S

Closed for renovations in 2014

Westminster Outdoor Pool

411 - 16 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 Pool

420 - 11 Street S

403-320-3109 403-320-4970

Gyro Spray-Ground

Behind Nicholas Sheran Arena, 401 Laval Blvd W

Max Bell Regional Aquatic Centre

4401 University Drive W

Rotary Centennial Fountain

SE Corner of Galt Gardens, 7 Street & 3 Avenue S

Kyodokan Judo Club

2775 - 28 Avenue S

403-320-7316 403-320-7316

Ascent Climbing Centre

4401 University Drive W

403-329-2706 403-329-2706

Y.W.C.A.

604 - 8 Street S

403-329-0088 403-329-0088

Lethbridge Public Library

Main Branch: 810 - 5 Avenue S The Crossings Branch: 255 Britannia Way Blvd W

403-380-7310 403-380-7310

Lethbridge Fish & Game Archery at Peenaquim Park

Access off Stafford Drive N south of 25 Avenue N

403-320-5860

Special Events in the Parks

Various Locations

403-320-3011

Walks/Runs in the Parks

Various Locations

403-320-3011

403-329-2658 403-329-2117

OTHER

SPORTS FIELDS SLP Skate Park

Mayor Magrath Drive & Parkside Drive S

skateboarding, inline skating and BMX (with proper equipment)

Dave Elton Park Multipurpose Skate Park/BMX

622 Stafford Drive N

403-328-9066 washrooms, baseball, soccer, biking, skateboarding, inline skating

Lloyd Nolan Park

622 Stafford Drive N

403-320-1302 baseball

Canola Harvest Field

622 Stafford Drive N

403-320-2025 baseball

Spitz Stadium

2601 Parkside Drive S

403-320-2025 baseball

Softball Valley Complex at Peenaquim Park

Access off Stafford Drive N south of 25 Avenue N

403-327-6393 softball, beach volleyball

Atso Towaawa Park

199 Jerry Potts Blvd W

403-320-3011 baseball, soccer

Lethbridge Sports Park (Soccer/Rugby)

28 Street & 30 Avenue N

403-320-3011 soccer, rugby

Servus Sports Centre

2501- 28 Avenue S

403-320-5547 indoor/outdoor soccer

Picnic Shelter Bookings

403-320-3020

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CITY PARKS

Lethbridge prides itself on offering high quality, diverse parkland and recreational opportunities. An extensive urban park system with more than 205 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 Parkside Drive & Mayor Magrath Drive S 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, go skateboarding or inline skating, 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 Garden. Picnic shelters are available for booking. Call 403-320-3020 for information.

Indian Battle Park Centrally located in the river valley; access by turning west at the corner of Scenic Drive & 3 Avenue S. Indian Battle Park is situated in the river valley and provides a natural setting with numerous picnic sites, playgrounds, trails, has access to a mountain bike park, and picnic shelters for family enjoyment. Special attractions include Fort Whoop-Up, Helen Schuler Nature Centre, the Coal Banks Mine Kiosk and the impressive High Level Bridge. Picnic shelters are available for booking with picnic supplies available at Fort WhoopUp in their store. Call 403-320-3020 for information. 24 exploresouthwestalberta.ca


CITY PARKS

Galt Gardens 7 Street & 3 Avenue S 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 Casa, the new Community Arts Centre. Shopping is also in close proximity.

Brewery Gardens 1 Avenue S & 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.

Nicholas Sheran Park McMaster Boulevard and Columbia Boulevard W 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 a playground.

Off-Leash Dog Parks Recognizing the need for dogs to run, the City of Lethbridge has established three dog runs within city limits. These large, beautiful areas are a pleasure to visit for both people and pets. South Side Dog Run: Located west of Scenic Drive and 11 Avenue 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 in this area.

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Lethbridge, Alberta

5 3 9

7

12

ACCOMMODATIONS 1 2 3 4

Canadas Best Value Inn & Suites Coast Lethbridge Hotel & Conference Centre Days Inn Econo Lodge Inn & Suites 5 Holiday Inn Express 6 Holiday Inn Lethbridge

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Golf

ATTRACTIONS

2 10

1 Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden 2 Fort-Whoop-Up National Historic Site 3 Helen Schuler Nature Centre 4 Galt Museum & Archives

7 11 4 1

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5 Brewery Garden 6 High Level Bridge 7 Casa 8 Southern Alberta Art Gallery 9 Exhibition Park 10 ENMAX Centre

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8 10

7 8 9 10 11 12

Howard Johnson Express Inn Lethbridge College Lethbridge Lodge Hotel and Conference Centre Sandman Hotel Lethbridge Super 8 Lethbridge University of Lethbridge

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CITY PARKS

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

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 N. 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 many 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 group picnic shelter which is available for booking, picnic sites, a 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 – 62 Avenue N. Popson Park and Oldman River Observatory provides a group shelter, which is available for booking, situated in the river valley. Continue south on University Drive West. For more information call (403) 320-3020 28 exploresouthwestalberta.ca


X

PATHWAYS

X

PICNIC SHELTERS

PICNIC TABLES

ALEXANDER WILDERNESS PARK North Stafford Drive, past 26 Avenue N

WASHROOMS

LOCAL PARKS AND GARDENS

PLAYGROUND

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

X

BOTTERILL BOTTOM PARK - DOG RUN 11 Avenue & Scenic Drive S

X

BREWERY GARDENS 1 Avenue S & Scenic Drive

X

BULL PARK TRAIL (SOUTH & NORTH) Access from University Drive or Whoop-Up Drive pedestrian bridge

X

COTTONWOOD PARK 60 Avenue W

X

GALT GARDENS 7 Street & 3 Avenue S

X

X

X

HENDERSON PARK (INCLUDING LAKE) Parkside Drive & Mayor Magrath Drive S

X

X

X

X

X

INDIAN BATTLE PARK Access from 3 Avenue S & Scenic Drive

X

X

X

X

X

NICHOLAS SHERAN PARK McMaster Boulevard & Columbia Boulevard W

X

X

X

X

X

PAVAN PARK Extension of 13 Street N, north of Hardieville

X

X

X

X

X

PEENAQUIM PARK North Stafford Drive

Dog Run & Softball Diamonds

POPSON PARK Extension of University Drive W

Dog Run

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X

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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. The Hubbard Collection is a new and unique feature of Lethbridge 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; in-person tours can also be arranged.

UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE Alberta’s Destination University, the University of Lethbridge is one of Canada’s most influential research universities, and is committed to providing students with an unparalleled university experience. The U of L offers more than 150 undergraduate programs and more than 60 graduate programs in six faculties and schools: Arts & Science, Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Management and Graduate Studies. Each year, approximately 8,300 students attend the U of L, which also offers select programs on its campuses in Calgary and Edmonton. Today, the U of L is recognized on the national stage as one of Canada’s top-three undergraduate institutions (2014 Maclean’s University Rankings) and one of Canada’s top-three undergraduate research universities (RE$EARCH Infosource, 2013). The U of L is home to leading research centres and worldrenowned faculty members who bring their research into the classroom and actively engage students in research opportunities. The university’s liberal education foundation enables students to take a variety of subjects and discover what they are passionate about while developing essential critical thinking and analytic skills. On average, there are 32 students per class (after first year), providing a personal and supportive learning environment. 30 exploresouthwestalberta.ca


A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE

Lethbridge is a friendly and growing community of more than 90,000. The city has a lot to offer newcomers with a wealth of amenities, a 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 and Living Costs Lethbridge offers a wide variety of housing choices at some of the lowest rates compared to other Canadian cities. Rental rates in Lethbridge average $863 for a two bedroom apartment. Average house prices range from $250,000 to $350,000.

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 and rehabilitation programs, wellness services and a wide range of health practitioners and medical clinics. Education: Lethbridge has both public and separate (Catholic) school divisions with a total of 17 elementary schools, five middle/junior high schools, and five high schools. Private schools and a Francophone school are also located in the city. Lethbridge also offers post-secondary and continuing education at the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College. Recreation and 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 provide a variety of options so people may participate in activities they enjoy. Business and Employment: Lethbridge’s steady sustainable growth speaks to the economic strength we have thanks to the industry and diversity in our region. The traditional agriculture and manufacturing sectors are complemented by new and emerging sectors like renewable energy and high-tech, adding strength and vitality to our business landscape. For economic development and business relocation information contact: Economic Development Lethbridge at 1-800-332-1801 or 403-331-0022 www.chooselethbridge.ca or the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce at 403-327-1586 www.lethbridgechamber.ca.

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HANDY LETHBRIDGE TERMS 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 theirs. Here are just a few. LA: Perhaps you’ve heard of LA. This LA stands for Lethbridge, Alberta. It’s the little city that had 90,417 people as of the 2013 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.

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 205 km of walking trails available in the city. The river valley is sometimes referred to as “the river bottom.”

Chinook: 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.

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, built in 1967 by the Kinsmen Club of Lethbridge, is a full-scale replica of the original Fort. 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 for whiskey and essential supplies. Explore the Fort to learn how the original settlers lived.

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: sliding down, 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 and cycling along the river are great ways to enjoy the spectacular view of the

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 centrepiece of downtown and is 9.16 acres in size. During the summer there are a variety of events held here, including Shakespeare in the Park, Street Wheelers, the Electronic Music Festival, and Canada Day Festivities. 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, encourage broad public engagement, and promote awareness and exploration of artistic expression. A gift shop is on site. Original article by Richard Amery

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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 2805 Scenic Drive located at the junction of Hwy 4 & Hwy 5 (Scenic Drive & Mayor Magrath Drive S) Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily Hours are extended to 7:00 pm from May 15 through Labour Day Services: Visitor information, souvenir gift shop, public rest rooms, rest area with picnic facilities, playground and free RV dump station For more information on Lethbridge contact: 1-800-661-1222 403-320-1222 Website: www.exploresouthwestalberta.ca Email: info@chinookcountry.com

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  5°C / 95°F 3 30°C / 86°F 20°C / 68°F 0°C / 32°F -10°C / 14°F -20°C / -4°F

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

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Transportation Air Service: The Lethbridge Airport, located 3 kilometres 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 and north of the city through Greyhound Bus Lines. For more information call 1-800-661-8747 or 403-327-1551. Red Arrow Motorcoach: Operates from Lethbridge to Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton and Fort McMurray daily. For more information, call 1-800-232-1958. Car Rentals: Rental cars and 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. Taxi Service: All taxi company meter rates are the same price per kilometre and for waiting time. Various discounts are offered from the taxi companies including senior and student discounts. Rates from downtown to the Lethbridge airport are approximately $20.00. Transit Service: Local bus service is available daily throughout the city. All buses leave and meet at the 4th Avenue and 6th Street South intersection. The buses run on a half hour and hourly schedule. There are also transit services available for the handicapped. For more information contact City of Lethbridge Transit at 403-320-3885.

Important Contact Numbers For numbers not listed below please see www.lethbridge.ca. EMERGENCY CONTACT Ambulance/Fire Lethbridge Regional Police Service Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Chinook Regional Hospital 960 - 19 Street S

PHONE NUMBER 911 or 403-327-3333 911 or 403-328-4444 403-329-5010 403-388-6111 (Switchboard)

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Metric System Canada uses the metric system for weights, measures and distances. Distance:

1 kilometre (km) = 5/8 mile To calculate: kilometres x 0.6 = miles Miles x 1.6 = kilometres

Miles per hour / Kilometres per hour: When driving, 100km/hr on a highway sign is 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 US gallon

Entry Regulations All citizens from abroad or the United States are required to have a valid passport for entry into Canada as visitors. 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 for impaired driving. Please contact the Canada Border Service Agency for more detailed information. Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Within Canada: 1-800-461-9999 Outside Canada: 1-204-983-3500 www.cbsa.gc.ca

PORT OF ENTRY

SERVICE

Whitlash, Montana

Open year round

Piegan, Montana (Highway 2)

Open year round

Chief Mountain, Montana (Highway 6)

Seasonal

DATES

DAILY TIMES

ADEN, ALBERTA Open year round

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

CARWAY, ALBERTA  Open year round

7:00 am - 11:00 pm

CHIEF MOUNTAIN, ALBERTA 

     

May 15 - May 31

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

June 1 - Labour Day

7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Tuesday after Labour Day - September 30

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

October 1 - May 14

Closed

COUTTS, ALBERTA Sweetgrass, Montana (Highway 4)

Open year round

Open year round

24 hour service

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

Open year round

June 1 September 15

8:00 am - 9:00 pm

September 16 May 31

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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. Individuals who meet the minimum age requirements may bring into Canada one of: • 1.5 litres (50.7 US ounces) of wine, including wine coolers over 0.5 percent alcohol, or • 1.14 litres (38.5 US ounces) of liquor, or • a total of 1.14 litres (38.5 US ounces) of wine and liquor, or • 24 x 355 millilitre (12 ounce) cans or bottles of beer or ale, including beer coolers over 0.5 percent alcohol (a maximum of 8.5 litres or 287.4 US ounces). • You may bring up to 200 cigarettes OR 50 cigars OR 200 grams (7 ounces) of loose tobacco. Any alcohol or tobacco in excess of these amounts is subject to duty and provincial fees and taxes.

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Best Western Plus Service Inn & Suites 209 41 Street S. Phone: 403-329-6844 www.bestwesternlethbridge.ca

Full hot breakfast included in rate, Free Wi-Fi, Pool, Waterslide, and Swim Jet Tub. Fitness room available 24 hours. Coffee maker, iron and iron board, hair dryer, flat 39 – 46” TV, king size beds available. Easy access off of Highway 3, 4, & 5.

Canadas Best Value Inn & Suites

1142 Mayor Magrath Drive S. Ph: 403-328-4436 TF: 1-800-708-8638 www.canadabestvalueinn.com Non-Smoking and Smoking Rooms, High Definition Flat TV/DVD/Microwaves/Fridge/ Free Wi-Fi, Kitchenettes and Suites, 2 rooms with barrier free access. Weekly and monthly rates. Close to restaurants and many attractions. Super Breakfast. Children under 17 stay free with parents.

Lethbridge Lodge Hotel and Conference Centre

320 Scenic Drive S. Ph: 403-328-1123 TF: 1-800-661-1232 Reservations.lethbridgelodge@ silverbirchhotels.com www.lethbridgelodge.com

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PETS ALLOWED

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Nearby Restaurant on-site Lounge on-site Indoor Pool Outdoor Pool

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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, pet stay for $15 fee. Free high-speed and Wi-Fi internet. Conference facilities and banquet rooms for up to 1,000 people. Starbucks on site.

The Gemstone Guest House Bed & Breakfast 321E 200N Raymond Phone: 587-271-5020 www.GemstoneBandB.com

$85.00 6 NB • HD/C V - $125.00 DVD MC I

Non-Smoking, Flat screen TV, 3D Blue Ray Player, Reverse Osmosis Water Coolers, Close to many attractions, WIFI, Fire Pit, Patio, Individualized Breakfast, short or long term stay, 20 minutes southeast of Lethbridge. Pets may be accommodated.

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RESTAURANTS

While you’re savouring the sights take time to savour the flavour from our many dining choices! UNIQUE TO LETHBRIDGE Broxburn Vegetables & Café Broxburn Road 403-327-0909 Casino Lethbridge 3756 – 2 Avenue S 403-381-9476 Centre Village Mall 1240 – 2 Avenue A N 403-328-8853 Cudo’s Lounge (Travelodge Lethbridge) 1009 Mayor Magrath Drive S 403-328-2366 Firestone Restaurant & Bar (Coast Lethbridge Hotel) 532 Mayor Magrath Drive S 403-329-3473 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 Mocha Cabana Café 317 – 4 Street S 403-329-6243 Mongolie Grill 502 – 5 Street S 403-394-3555

Namu Korean & Western Grill (Ramada Lethbridge) 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 Boulevard W 403-381-6400 Penny Coffee House 331 – 5 Street S 403-320-5282 Plum 330 – 6 Street S 403-394-1200 Regent Restaurant 1255 – 3 Avenue S 403-328-7800 Streatside Eatery 317 – 8 Street S 403-328-8085 Top Pizza & Spaghetti House 1101 – 4 Avenue S 403-327-1952 Two Guys & A Pizza Place 316 – 11 Street S 403-331-2222 

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WESTERN CANADA FAVOURITES Botanica Restaurant (Lethbridge Lodge Hotel & Conference Centre) 320 Scenic Drive S 403-331-6909 Denny’s (Sandman Hotel Lethbridge) 421 Mayor Magrath Drive S 403-381-9090 Montana’s Cookhouse 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive S 403-327-3102

QUICK BITES Arby’s 3010 – 26 Avenue S 403-320-8702 Dairy Queen 1152 Mayor Magrath Drive S 403-327-6440 Extreme Pita & Purblendz Smoothies 140 – 2037 Mayor Magrath Drive S 403-942-3533 Lethbridge College 3000 College Drive S 403-320-3200

MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual (Holiday Inn Lethbridge) 2375 Mayor Magrath Drive S 403-380-6453

KFC 1725 Mayor Magrath Drive S 403-328-7751

Pizza Hut 1358 Mayor Magrath Drive S 403-320-0099

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

Ric’s Grill Steak, Seafood & Chophouse 103 Mayor Magrath Drive S 403-317-7427

University of Lethbridge 4401 University Drive W 403-329-2111

Ricky’s All Day Grill 2420 Fairway Plaza Road S 403-327-3088

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2225 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. Lethbridge 403-380-6677 Toll Free 888-757-6884 premierinnsandsuites.com

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tennis courts • gym facilities multi-purpose rooms • laundry facilities restaurants and groceries nearby beautiful park-like grounds

403-329-7218 res.life@lethbridgecollege.ca www.lethbridgecollege.ca/residence 3010 College Drive S. Lethbridge, AB T1K 8A2

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You don’t have to be a student to enjoy all that the University of Lethbridge has to offer.

Stay on campus. Brand new guest rooms featuring kitchens, ensuite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and all the comforts you expect from a hotel.

Our campus is your perfect venue. Whether you are planning your wedding, family reunion, conference or meeting, the U of L has all the facilities and services you need to make your event unique.

All you need in one place. The University of Lethbridge is a destination. Take advantage of our state-of-theart recreation facilities, visit the art gallery, find a unique gift in our bookstore, take a walk on a coulee trail and enjoy an evening meal before returning to your on campus hotel room.

Visit us at www.uleth.ca/conference to start building your campus experience today.

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Travel on our Wi-Fi equipped, Non Stop Express schedules, with fares as low as $1.00 when you book online! Check it out at

greyhound.ca

or call 1-800-661-8747 403-327-1551 Lethbridge

Play at Lloyd Nolan Yard 545 - 6th Ave. N. Go to www.prairiebaseball.com for home schedule Canadian College Baseball Championship Tournament at Spitz Stadium May 8 – 11, 2014

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Canadas Best Value Inn & Suites 1142 Mayor Magrath Drive South 403-328-4436 www.canadasbestvalueinn.com

Howard Johnson Express Inn 1026 Mayor Magrath Drive South 403-327-4576 www.hojo.com

Coast Lethbridge Hotel & Conference Centre 526 Mayor Magrath Drive South 403-327-5701 www.coasthotels.com

Lethbridge Lodge Hotel and Conference Centre 320 Scenic Drive South 403-328-1123 www.lethbridgelodge.com

Days Inn Lethbridge 100 3 Avenue South 403-327-6000 www.daysinn.ca

Sandman Hotel Lethbridge 421 Mayor Magrath Drive South 403-328-1111 www.sandmanhotels.com

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites 1124 Mayor Magrath Drive South 403-328-5591 www.econolodge-lethbridge.com

Super 8 Lethbridge 1030 Mayor Magrath Drive South 403-328-6636 www.super8.com

Holiday Inn Express 120 Stafford Drive South 403-394-9292 www.hiexpress.com

Lethbridge College * 3010 College Drive South 403-329-7218

Holiday Inn Lethbridge 2375 Mayor Magrath Drive South 403-380-5050 www.holidayinn.com

www.lethbridgecollege.ca/residence

University of Lethbridge * 4401 University Drive West 403-329-2244 www.uleth.ca/conference * available May – August

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BIG Movies ... Small Prices THE BEST popcorn in town! DAILY Matinees Tuesday $3 Movies 403-381-6455 www.moviemill.com

Non-dairy, no fat, no sugar, Unique obstacles, black lights, low fat. Many flavours and effects lighting & great music. over 40 toppings to choose! $3 for a round of Mini Golf! 403-382-3477 • froyomill.com 403-317-7888

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Boutique

• Beautiful new and vintage items for your home • Unique gifts, fashions and jewellery

Tea Room

• Tasty lunches and wonderful desserts all day • Over 200 Teas to choose from or Sit & Sip

1112 - 6 Ave. S., Lethbridge 403-394-9281 Mon-Sat 10-5:30, Thurs 10-8

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ANDREW HILTON Lethbridge’s finest selection of wines, single malt whiskies and micro-brewed beers since 1985

NEW Growler Station

Mon-Sat: 10am - 9pm | Sun: 12pm -5pm

403.320.9464 • 212 - 3rd Ave S Across from the Lethbridge Lodge

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

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Book online with us and save. exploresouthwestalberta.ca Specially priced packages, attraction passes, event tickets and more!

Hours: Mon - Wed 9:30am-5:30pm Thurs & Fri 9:30am-8pm Sat 9:30am - 5:30pm Sun & Holidays Noon - 5pm

Centre Village Mall is home to more than 25 stores, most independently owned and operated and anchored by Canadian Tire and Save-On-Foods. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

www.centrevillagemall.ca 1240 - 2A Ave. N. 403-328-8853

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Book  ONLINE  today Toll Free: 1-­800-­232-­1958

Daily Scheduled Motorcoach Passenger Service Featuring Direct Service to the Calgary International Airport

Lethbridge -­ Calgary -­ Red Deer Edmonton -­ Fort McMurray www.facebook.com/RedArrowMotorcoach

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LETHBRIDGE CENTRE Serving Lethbridge & area since 1975

Centre of downtown at the corner of 5th St. & 4th Ave S

403-327-6211

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Awards Gala

Celebrate those in the tourism and service industry. October 1, 2014  Yates Theatre, Lethbridge 6:00pm • Tickets $25 @southwestawards

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2014 HOME GAMES MAY 28-May 28-May

Lethbridge Bulls Baseball Club 403-320-2025 TCMM Memorial Day 5:35 PM Team-mates Forever Game Vs Vauxhall Jets 8:05 PM

lethbridgebulls

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JUNE 6-Jun 8-Jun 18-Jun 20-Jun 21-Jun 22-Jun 26-Jun 27-Jun 28-Jun 29-Jun 30-Jun

Vs Medicine Hat Vs Okotoks Vs Medicine Hat Vs Edmonton Vs Okotoks Vs Okotoks Vs Edmonton Vs Edmonton Vs Melville Vs Melville Alumni & Party in Park

7:05 PM 2:05 PM 7:05 PM 7:05 PM 7:05 PM 2:05 PM 7:05 PM 7:05 PM 7:05 PM 2:05 PM 6:05 PM

Vs Moose Jaw Vs Moose Jaw Vs Swift Curent Vs Swift Current Vs Edmonton Vs Saskatoon Vs Saskatoon Vs Edmonton Vs Okotoks Vs Medicine Hat Vs Yorkton Vs Medicine Hat Vs Yorkton

2:05 PM 7:35 PM 7:05 PM 7:05 PM 7:05 PM 7:05 PM 7:05 PM 7:05 PM 7:05 PM 7:05 PM 7:05 PM 7:05 PM 7:05 PM

JUNE 1-Jul 1-Jul 4-Jul 5-Jul 9-Jul 10-Jul 11-Jul 17-Jul 19-Jul 20-Jul 24-Jul 26-Jul 27-Jul

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1-800-661-1222 | 403-320-1222 Scenic Drive Information Centre & Rest Area Located at Scenic Dr. & Mayor Magrath Dr. S. Lethbridge, Alberta Open 9am to 5pm daily exploresouthwestalberta.ca 52 exploresouthwestalberta.ca


Lethbridge, Alberta Visitor Guide 2014