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LETHBRIDGE & SOUTHWEST ALBERTA

Travel Guide

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table of contents

4-7 EVENTS

9 TABER

12-13 RAYMOND

14 MAGRATH

18 FORT MACLEOD

19 PINCHER CREEK

22 NANTON

23 OKOTOKS

10 COALDALE

15 CARDSTON

20 CROWSNEST PASS

25 - 27 TRAVEL INFO

11 LETHBRIDGE COUNTY

16-17 WATERTON

21 VULCAN

28-30 MAPS SOMETHING SOMETHING TO TO SAVOUR SAVOUR

32-33 LETHBRIDGE

34-35 LETHBRIDGE INFO

36-39, 56-57 STORIES

42-55 FEATURE LISTINGS

The Lethbridge & Southwest Alberta Travel Guide is an annual publication of Chinook Country Tourist Association. Publisher – Jaci Zalesak, sales@chinookcountry.com

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2018 Southern Alberta Events Events are subject to change

May 4-6 JANE’S WALK

8-10 SPOCK DAYS www.vulcantourism.com

9 NATURE PLAY DAY www.lethbridge.ca/hsnc

www.janeswalk.org/canada/lethbridge

5 SOUTHERN ALBERTA REGIONAL HERITAGE FAIR

9 LADIESFEST 8K www.reacpro.ca

www.galtmuseum.com

6-JUNE 10TH ART’S ALIVE & WELL IN THE SCHOOLS

9 GORUCK CHALLENGE www.lethbridgesportsandsocialclub.ca/pages/gorucklight

www.saag.ca

8-9 TASTE OF DOWNTOWN

10 LETHBRIDGE KIDS OF STEEL TRIATHLON www.lethkos.com

www.galtmuseum.com

9 LAKEVIEW COMMUNITY SUPER HERO FUN RUN

14-19 WATERTON WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL www.mywaterton.ca

www.racepro.ca

11 CRAFT BEER FRIDAY

15 CHAUTAUQUA IN CARDSTON www.albertachq.ca

www.saag.ca

11 FEEL THE BEAT

15-17 BELLECREST DAYS www.gocrowsnest.ca

www.lethbridgesymphony.org

12 PARTY ON THE SQUARE

15-16 FORT MACLEOD ANTIQUE & ART SHOW & SALE www.fortmacleod.com/events

www.artslethbridge.org

25-JUNE 3 TASTE OF WATERTON

15-23 LETHBRIDGE PRIDE FEST www.lethbridgepride.ca

www.mywaterton.ca

30 LITTLE SOULS KIDS MARATHON

16 NEIGHBOUR DAY www.lethbridge.ca/neighbourday

www.raceroster.com

16 CHAUTAUQUA IN MAGRATH

June 2-3 KINSMEN DEMO DERBY AND MUD BOG IN COALDALE www.coaldale.ca

2 VULCAN TINMAN TRIATHALON www.vulcantinman.ca

3 GUTSY WALK FOR CROHN’S & COLITIS CANADA www.gutsywalk.ca

8-16 LETHBRIDGE JAZZ FESTIVAL

www.albertachq.ca

16 FORT MACLEOD SHOW & SHINE www.fortmacleod.com/events

16-17 THE COWBOY SHOW AND PINCHER CRUISE & SHINE www.pinchercreek.ca

18 FAMILY CENTRE’S COMMUNITY FATHER’S DAY BBQ www.famcentre.ca

22-24 ATB FINANCIAL LETHBRIDGE ROTARY DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL www.lethbridgedragonfest.ca

www.lethbridgejazz.com

23 BUSKERFEST IN OKOTOKS www.okotokstourism.ca 4


28-AUGUST 13 SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK

13 CRAFT BEER FRIDAY

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www.saag.ca

30 116TH ANNUAL HERITAGE DAYS CELEBRATION IN RAYMOND

13-15 STREET MACHINE WEEKEND www.streetwheelers.com

www.10thingsraymond.ca

30 NANTON NITE RODEO

19-22 SOUTH COUNTRY FAIR www.fortmacleod.com/events

www.nantonniterodeo.ca

30 PARTY IN THE PARK CANADA DAY CELEBRATION IN CARDSTON www.cardston.ca

22 TASTE OF OKOTOKS www.okotokstourism.ca

21-22 VULCAN SHOW ‘N SHINE www.vulcantourism.com

30-JULY 1 SETTLER DAYS AND CANDY PARADE IN COALDALE

23-25 BLACKFOOT ARTS & HERITAGE FESTIVAL

www.coaldale.ca

www.mywaterton.ca

30-JULY 2 116TH ANNUAL HERITAGE DAYS CELEBRATION IN RAYMOND

25 HIGHLAND GAMES IN OKOTOKS (LOCATION TBA) www.okotokstourism.ca

www.10thingsraymond.ca

27-28 VUL-CON

July 1 CANADA DAY IN LETHBRIDGE

www.vulcantourism.com

28-AUGUST 5 JUNIOR LEAGUE BASEBALL CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS www.littleleague.ca

www.lethbridge.ca

1 CANADA DAY IN VULCAN

28 BOMBER COMMAND MUSEUM “BIKES & BOMBERS” & FIELD OF DREAMS CHARITABLE SHOW ‘N SHINE

www.vulcantourism.com

www.nanton.ca

1 CANADA DAY IN WATERTON

28 MAGRATH DAYS

www.mywaterton.ca

www.magrath.ca

1 CANADA DAY IN TABER

30 WIDE SKIES MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

www.visittaber.com

www.wideskiesmusicfest.org

1 CANADA DAY IN PINCHER CREEK www.pinchercreek.ca

6-8 TABER PRO RODEO www.visittaber.com

August 3-6 NANTON ROUND-UP DAYS www.nanton.ca

6-8 CENTRIC MUSIC FEST facebook.com/centricmusicfest

4-6 HERITAGE ACRES ANNUAL SHOW www.pinchercreek.ca

6-8 2018 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TRAMPOLINE GYMNASTICS

4-6 HERITAGE DAYS

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www.gocrowsnest.ca

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5 & 6 NANTON NITE RODEO www.nantonniterodeo.ca

7 & 14 & 27 NANTON NITE RODEO www.nantonniterodeo.ca E X P LO R E S O U T H W E S TA L B E R TA . C A

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8-11 HERITAGE DAYS RANCH RODEO, MUD BOG, & PARADE IN CARDSTON

September

www.cardston.ca

11 APPLE FEST

1 BROXBURN STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

www.lethbridgesustainableliving.org

www.broxburn-vegetables.com

11 RAYMOND TRIATHLON

13-16 WATERTON WILDLIFE WEEKEND

www.raymondtri.ca

www.mywaterton.ca

12-18 2018 MEN’S & WOMEN’S CANADIAN SLO-PITCH CHAMPIONSHIPS

15 CKXU 88.3 FM’S LOVE & RECORDS 2018

www.softballvalley.com

16-19 PRO RODEO & PARADE WEEKEND IN PINCHER CREEK www.pinchercreek.ca

17 MOVIE NIGHT IN THE PARK IN COALDALE www.coaldale.ca

17-18 REMINGTON CARRIAGE MUSEUM MINIATURE HORSE CHUCKWAGON CHAMPIONSHIPS http://history.alberta.ca/remington/

www.loveandrecords.ca

21-23 HARVEST FEST IN OKOTOKS www.okotokstourism.ca

22 THE WORD ON THE STREET FESTIVAL www.thewordonthestreet.ca

22-30 LETHBRIDGE ARTS DAYS http://artsdayslethbridge.org

22 MOON SHADOW RUN IN PINCHER CREEK www.pinchercreek.ca

18 LETHBRIDGE ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL facebook.com/TheLEMF

29 LETHBRIDGE POLICE HALF MARATHON www.racepro.ca

18 FORT MACLEOD CHIROPRACTIC TRIATHLON www.fortmacleod.com/events

18 FARMING SMARTER – OPEN FARM DAY www.farmingsmarter.com

18-19 14TH ANNUAL HARTUNG MEMORIAL RODEO www.vulcantourism.com

19 SHOW & SHINE IN OKOTOKS www.okotokstourism.ca

21-25 WHOOP-UP DAYS www.exhibtionpark.ca

23-25 TABER CORNFEST www.visittaber.com

24-26 FLIP FEST MHJLIVVRJVTÅPWT\ZPJMLZ[

25 CHILI FEST & COOK OFF www.okotokstourism.ca

31 RIBFEST www.lethbridgeribfest.ca

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October 5-7 & 12-14 MOLNAR PUMPKIN FESTIVAL www.visittaber.com

14 BARE BONES RUN www.racepro.ca

20 GEM OF THE WEST MUSEUM WINE AND CHEESE www.gemofthewest.ca

20 OKOTOBER FOOD FESTIVAL www.okotokstourism.ca

20-27 TABER PHEASANT FESTIVAL www.visittaber.com

27-28 GEM OF THE WEST MUSEUM ART SHOW AND SALE www.gemofthewest.ca


November

DATES TBD WINTER MUSIC-COMEDY REVUE PRODUCTION www.newwesttheatre.com

3 GEM OF THE WEST MUSEUM CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND HOBBY SHOW www.gemofthewest.ca

11 REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE www.raymond.ca

16 LIGHT UP OKOTOKS www.okotokstourism.ca

16-17 BRIGHT LIGHTS FESTIVAL www.downtownlethbridge.com

17 CLAUS CAUSE RUN www.racepro.ca

23 GEM OF THE WEST MUSEUM CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND HOBBY SHOW www.gemofthewest.ca

23 COUNTRY CHRISTMAS NIGHT OF LIGHTS www.coaldale.ca

24 SANTA CLAUS PARADE IN FORT MACLEOD www.fortmacleod.com/events

29 HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS IN MAGRATH www.magrath.ca

30-DEC 2 CHRISTMAS FARMERS’ MARKET AND TRADESHOW www.exhibitionpark.ca

DATES TBD WINTER LIGHTS FESTIVAL www.nikkayuko.com

Ongoing MAY 15 TO LABOUR DAY MONDAY ALBERTA BIRDS OF PREY CENTRE OPEN www.burrowingowl.com

THURSDAYS JUNE TO SEPTEMBER CROWSNEST COMMUNITY MARKET www.gocrowsnest.ca

NANTON UNITED CHURCH FARMERS’ MARKET – MID JUNE TO OCTOBER www.nanton.ca

LETHBRIDGE CORN MAZE OPEN JULY 27 – OCTOBER 27 www.lethbridgecornmaze.com

SOS FILM CENTRE PRESENTS: QUEEN SCARLET CINEMA www.queenscarletcinema.ca

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LETHBRIDGE HURRICANES HOCKEY www.enmaxcentre.ca

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December 7 OLD FASHION CHRISTMAS www.raymond.ca

7 GEM OF THE WEST MUSEUM CAROL FESTIVAL www.gemofthewest.ca

www.bullsbaseball.com

SATURDAY FARMERS’ MARKETS: MAY 12 – OCT 27 – SATURDAYS – EXHIBITION PARK www.exhibitionpark.ca

WEDNESDAYS FARMERS’ MARKETS: JULY 4-SEPT 5 – WEDNESDAYS – DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE www.exhibitionpark.ca

8 CHRISTMAS SKATE www.coaldale.ca

26-27 52ND ANNUAL SUGAR BOWL HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT www.10thingsraymond.ca

DATES TBD THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES SHOW www.newwestheatre.com E X P LO R E S O U T H W E S TA L B E R TA . C A

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CITIES AND TOWNS TABER

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Taber is a family friendly community with lots for young families to do! Not only does Taber host Cornfest, the biggest free family festival in western Canada, but it also boasts a ton of amenities including playgrounds, tennis courts, ball diamonds, gymnastics facilities, a skate park, and a spray park. Come see why Taber is a great place to grow!

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PLAY Explore the many parks, trails and sporting facilities available in town. Taber also has great hiking and walking trails, an 18-hole golf course right in the IFBSUPGUIFUPXO BNPUPSTQPSUUSBDLBOENBOZmTIJOH and hunting sites just outside of town. Looking for indoor activities? Splash around at the Aquafun Centre or face off at the Taber Community Centre’s arenas, curling rink, or archery range.

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CELEBRATE Taber does festivals like no one else! The spring and summer months are packed with events including Cornfest, the Taber Pheasant Festival, the Molnar Pumpkin Festival, Demolition Derby and a variety of Canada Day events! Check out visittaber.com to keep up to date on all the events in the region.

Enjoy live entertainment at Cornfest

EVENTS: CANADA DAY: July 1, visittaber.com TABER PRO RODEO: July 6 - 8, visittaber.com TABER CORNFEST: August 23 - 25, visittaber.com TABER PHEASANT FESTIVAL: October 20 - 27, visittaber.com MOLNAR PUMPKIN FESTIVAL: October 5 - 7 & 12 - 14, visittaber.com

Cool off at the spray park in Confederation Park

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A place for the whole family Coaldale offers activities and adventures for all ages. Ideally located at the crossroads of Highways 3 and 845, Coaldale has an abundance of parks and green spaces. Coaldale is also home to the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre, which has provided a raptor rescue and conservation program in the community for 35 years. www.coaldale.ca

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With a dozen or more places to enjoy a meal, Coaldale has a lot to offer from Pizza and Chinese, to Fine Dining and Pub Fair. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a quick bite there are deli options, a well-known bakery and fast food outlets.

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PLAY Coaldale is a great place to enjoy being outdoors. There are a number of parks throughout the community including a spray park and tot lot with a wading pool for the little ones. An outdoor swimming pool is open seasonally as is the Kin Picnic Shelter. The community also focuses on its history at the Gem of the West Museum.

EVENTS: KINSMEN DEMO DERBY AND MUD BOG: June 2 - 3 SETTLER DAYS/CANDY PARADE: Canada Day Weekend MOVIE NIGHT IN THE PARK: August 17 COUNTRY CHRISTMAS NIGHT OF LIGHTS: November 23 CHRISTMAS SKATE: December 8

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Pride of the Region Lethbridge County is a rural municipality in the heart of Southern Alberta. It features many recreational opportunities across the golden prairies and throughout the river valleys. Explore the countryside at your own pace - just minutes from Lethbridge.

STAY Enjoy campgrounds such as Park Lake Provincial Park, one of Albertaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest provincial parks, Keho Lake & Campground, or Stafford [Reservoir] Park RV Campground â&#x20AC;&#x201C; perfect places for adventure. Lethbridge County offers a half dozen additional serviced and unserviced campground options with a variety of recreational activities.

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No crowded golf courses here but probably some of the nicest in southern Alberta. From nine holes at Keho Golf, 18 at Land O Lakes Golf and Country Club to a 27 hole course and driving range at Picture Butte Golf Club, each of these courses will challenge your skill in a different way.

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EVENTS: BIRDS OF PREY SEASON: May 15 to Labour Day Monday LETHBRIDGE TRACTOR RALLY: June TBD COYOTE FLATS PIONEER VILLAGE SHOW & SHINE: July 7 LETHBRIDGE CORN MAZE: July 27th - October 27th BROXBURN STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: September 1 HYjcDYc]

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Raymond is a welcoming, growing, family friendly community 20 minutes from Lethbridge. We have a proud history, an innovative present and a limitless future. Enjoy the best of small town living with all the comforts of the big city close by! Visit our website for things to do.

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Experience the magic of theatre with the many community groups that perform regularly in the iconic Broadway Theatre, home of the Raymond Playhouse Society and featuring dance, instrumental, vocal and musical theatre groups.

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Stay active by taking part in the many sporting events that occur in our community. Visit our recently completed Centennial Park or Victoria Sports Park, our Golf Course driving range, and our Ice Arena, participate in road races, a triathlon, and our annual Heritage Days Celebrations. Keep an eye out for Footgolf, coming to the Raymond Golf Course soon! 

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EVENTS: 116TH ANNUAL HERITAGE DAYS CELEBRATION: June 30 - July 2, 10thingsraymond.ca RAYMOND TRIATHLON: August 11, raymondtri.ca REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE: November 11, Raymond.ca OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS: December 7, Raymond.ca 52ST ANNUAL SUGAR BOWL HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: December 26-27, 10thingsraymond.ca



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Nestled into Southern Albertaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prairies, the Town of Magrath is thriving with an abundance of growing families offering a quiet but active lifestyle. With a paved trail system that will eventually wrap around the town and passionate sports organizations, this little town has a lot to offer.

Active Life Come check out our Historic Nature Trail system that offers paved and unpaved pathways where you can run, bike, skateboard, skip or walk. We have an outdoor pool, skateboarding park, disc golf course, several ball diamonds, ice arena, golf course & a curling rink. Growing Families Magrath is a great place to raise your family. We have a Family & Community Support Service (FCSS) which offers great programs for children, youth and adults. Our schools have recently received a government funded complete modernization that will enhance our already high quality education. Thriving Community With our recently added

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Innovation Centre we are offering Agriculture Education in our schools and community. We enjoy a steady growth rate that attracts families of all ages. The newly completed Diamond Willow Seniors Lodge offers housing along with care, companionship and activities.

EVENTS: CHAUTAUQUA: June 15 - 16 (15th in Cardston, 16th in Magrath), albertachq.ca MAGRATH DAYS CELEBRATION: July 28 HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS: November 29

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Located east of the Rocky Mountains, the Town of Cardston is rich with history and culture. It is sure to be a relaxing destination where you can get away from the fast pace of life. The Cardston Summer Theatre offers a cultural experience that delivers wonderful performances year after year. Visit cardston.ca and cardstontourism.com for all upcoming events.

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Enjoy a wide selection of eateries located throughout the downtown area. Cardston has fast food and sit down options available at your leisure. Multiple playgrounds located throughout the town offer a great opportunity for a picnic in the park.

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SHOP Main Street businesses offer a wide variety of products and services. You never know what treasures you will discover in one of our local stores. PLAY

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Pack a picnic, roast marshmallows, drop by the Prince of Wales Hotel for High Tea, dine out on one of the many patios or take part in the annual Taste of Waterton held each spring. Waterton has an abundance of local restaurants to choose from and mouth watering treats to satisfy any craving.

SHOP The village has great shopping and galleries to explore. You’ll be amazed by what you will discover. Forgot something for your hiking or camping trip? No problem - one of the shops will be sure to have what you need.

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EVENTS: TASTE OF WATERTON: May 25 - June 3 WATERTON WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL: June 14 - 19 CANADA DAY: July 1 BLACKFOOT ARTS & HERITAGE FESTIVAL: July 23 - 25 H9LK9FFM9D K@GOFK@AF= : August 26 WATERTON WILDLIFE WEEKEND: September 13 - 16

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Fort Macleod has charm. Nestled next to the foothills with the Rockies just beyond, its Main Street of brick and stone creates an ambiance unlike any other.

EXPERIENCE Start with a trip to the Fort Museum to see the displays and Musical Ride. Then saunter over to the shops and restaurants on Main Street. Local artwork and antiques can be found here. The Empress Theatre IBTmMN MJWFQFSGPSNBODFTBOEFWFOJUTPXOHIPTU The Silver Grill Restaurant has a bullet hole through the mirror behind the bar. A walking tour uncovers many more stories. ENJOY Just a few miles north, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump displays how the Blackfoot people hunted buffalo 6000 years ago. To the south and west, state-ofthe-art wind farms harvest the power of the westerlies. The Santa Claus Parade happens the last Saturday of November.

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EVENTS: SHOW AND SHINE: June 16 ANTIQUE AND ART SHOW & SALE: June 15 & 16 SOUTH COUNTRY FAIR: July 19 - 22 FORT MACLEOD CHIROPRACTIC TRIATHLON: August 18 SANTA CLAUS PARADE: November 24

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Perfectly located in Southern Alberta’s Rocky Mountain Foothills, Pincher Creek has a variety of unique experiences and breathtaking adventures all from one central location. Use Pincher Creek as a base; it is a great way to explore the numerous year round activities!

FUEL UP

We aren’t just talking gas. Pincher Creek is known as the service centre for Southern Alberta. Fuel up on groceries, shop the boutiques on Main Street, visit the artisan galleries at Lebel Mansion and Kootenai Brown Village, cruise through Ranchland Mall or stop and grab supplies at one of our many local retailers. If you are looking for a top up of supplies or something special to commemorate your trip, we’ve got you covered.

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From full service hotels to Airbnb’s we have accommodation choices! Grab a list of superb day adventures to enjoy within a 40 minute drive. HeadSmashed-In Buffalo Jump, Frank Slide, nine provincial parks, Waterton Lakes National Park, Heritage Acres, Castle Mountain Resort, the Great Canadian Barn Dance and more - our neighbors are loads of fun and we are located right in the center of it all!

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CELEBRATE Celebrate Canada Day at Kootenai Brown Village with free family activities! End the day with a mSFXPSLTEJTQMBZBUUIF"HSJDVMUVSFHSPVOETþ

EVENTS: THE COWBOY SHOW AND PINCHER CRUISE & SHINE: June 16 - 17 CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS: July 1 HERITAGE ACRES ANNUAL SHOW: August 4 - 6 PRO RODEO & PARADE WEEKEND: August 16 - 19 MOON SHADOW RUN: September 22

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Crowsnest Pass Find yourself here unique history that forms the rich tapestry of the Rocky Mountain community. Catch a glimpse of the past at historic sites, and discover vibrant artistic talent thriving amid breathtaking vistas where exploration and creativity the mountains. Find yourself here.

RELAX AND PLAY OUTSIDE

For those who dare to challenge themselves, each season reveals a new facet of The Pass’s terrain to discover and conquer. From snow-blanketed mountains to hiking and biking

spots, those who enjoy nature’s playground will never grow tired of ways to explore the landscapes of The Pass.

EXPERIENCE HISTORY, ARTS AND CULTURE Rich in inspiration and intrigue, The Pass offers opportunities to connect with the profound beauty of the natural surroundings, and experience the creations of local artists. Throughout its history, The Pass has grown in strength, richness and diversity, a story that is deeprooted in Alberta’s most unique parks and attractions.

Photo provided by Paul Zizka Photography

TASTE LOCAL CUISINE Every experience in The Pass thrives on the nourishment that mountaininspired cuisine provides. Gifted chefs at locally run restaurants cater to both travelers and locals. Families, friends and strangers becoming friends gather at tables to relax, recount adventures and share in the comradery of delectable meals.

EVENTS: BELLECREST DAYS: June 15 - 17, 2018 CROWSNEST COMMUNITY MARKET: Thursdays June to Sept, 2018 HERITAGE DAYS: August 4- 6, 2018 Plan your adventure at gocrowsnest.ca explorethepass

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Star Trek Capital of Canada! Vulcan offers all the amenities of comfortable living, yet presents the peace and serenity of country living. The Town of Vulcan is world renowned for its homage to Star Trek and Mr. Spockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home planet.

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SHOP Vulcan offers an energetic downtown business centre including ladies wear, a delightful jewellery store, delicious bakery, large pet store, grocery store/garden centre, and hardware store. STAY

While visiting Vulcan stay at one of the several motels or hotels. If you like the outdoors, select one of our campgrounds. The open skies above are ideal whether tenting or RVing.

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There are a variety of recreational activities within the town of Vulcan. Enjoy the eighteen-hole golf course and driving range, an outdoor six lane swimming pool with climbing wall, a spray park, outdoor volleyball court, skateboard park, a 5km paved walking path and many more activities available throughout the year. Throughout the year you can enjoy many events and activities unique to the town that are family friendly and will capture amazing memories. ?gd^

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CITIES AND TOWNS NANTON

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Authentic Alberta On the way to everywhere, Nanton is located 45 minutes south of Calgary on Highway 2. Deeply rooted in farming and ranching, Nanton boasts a historic downtown, world-renowned museums, a lively art and music scene, many farm-to-table options and is an active rodeo community. Come and experience Authentic Alberta!

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SHOP Enjoy a stroll through our authentic downtown core and experience our historic Main Street and Antique "SU8BMLPG"MCFSUB mOECPVUJRVFTIPQQJOH BSU DBOEZ  collectibles, antiques and dining. PLAY Hit the links at Nanton’s premier 18-hole public golf course, take a splash in the outdoor swimming pool at the Tom Hornecker Recreation Centre, stay active on numerous walking paths, baseball diamonds, the skateboard park and family playground.

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EXPERIENCE See where history lives - tour an icon of prairie architecture - the Grain Elevator Discovery Centre, hear the WWII Lancaster bomber Merlin engines roar at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada’s summer events, cheer on local and regional superstars at one of Canada’s longest running night rodeos, camp on the banks of the Mosquito Creek at the Nanton Lions Club Campground.

EVENTS: F9FLGFMFAL=<;@MJ;@>9JE=JKE9JC=L2mid-June to October, every Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. NANTON NITE RODEO: June 30, July 7, 14 & 27, August 5 & 6, www.nantonniterodeo.ca :GE:=J;GEE9F<EMK=ME :AC=K:GE:=JK 9F<>A=D<G><J=9EK;@9JAL9:D=K@GOFK@AF=2July 28 NANTON ROUND-UP DAYS: August 3 - 6 F9FLGF DA?@LKL@=O9Q ;@JAKLE9K>=KLAN9D2Last weekend in November

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CITIES AND TOWNS OKOTOKS

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O@9LKGFQGMJEAF<7 Okotoks offers more â&#x20AC;&#x153;things to think ofâ&#x20AC;? than you can imagine. Includes over 85 kilometers of breathtaking pathways, unique shopping and dining experiences, and inspiring festivals that will keep you coming back. Let Okotoksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; local small town charm make your visit a memorable experience!

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TREAT Your Taste Buds

Whether you prefer to pack a picnic and enjoy live outdoor music at the Town Plaza, or want to experience a unique restaurant, Okotoks offers it all. Dine in speciality eateries, sit on a bustling patio, or enjoy a coffee while soaking up the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vibe--Okotoks has an abundance of settings and great establishments to enjoy.

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Not just an RV campground, it’s a train-tastic opportunity to discover what travelling in Southern Alberta has to offer. Take in the expansive breathtaking Alberta scenery aboard a heritage railway. Enjoy Dining & Shopping while absorbing true Alberta history. Escape rooms in a prairie farmhouse presenting a new way to connect with friends and family!

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TRAVEL INFORMATION PORTS OF ENTRY ADEN, ALBERTA Whitlash, Montana (Highway 880) Open year round, 9:00 AM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:00 PM daily

CARWAY, ALBERTA Piegan, Montana (Highway 2) Open year round, 7:00 AM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:00 PM daily

CHIEF MOUNTAIN, ALBERTA Chief Mountain, Montana (Highway 6) Seasonal: May 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 31, 9:00 AM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6:00 PM daily June 1 to & including Labour Day, 7:00 AM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10:00 PM daily Tuesday after Labour Day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; September 30, 9:00 AM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6:00 PM daily October 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 14, closed

COUTTS, ALBERTA Sweetgrass, Montana (Highway 4) Open year round, 24 hour service daily

DEL BONITA, ALBERTA Del Bonita, Montana (Highway 62) Open year round, June 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; September 15, 8:00 AM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9:00 PM daily September 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 31, 9:00 AM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6:00 PM daily

WILD HORSE, ALBERTA Wild Horse, Montana (Hwy 41) March 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; September 30, 8:00 AM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9:00 PM daily October 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; February 28, 8:00 AM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:00 PM daily Subject to change

CUSTOMS & IMMIGRATION U.S. Visitors Every U.S. citizen visiting Canada must have a valid U.S. passport. Every U.S. citizen entering Canada from a third country must have a valid passport. Any alien permanent resident of the U.S. must present their Alien Registration Card, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green Cardâ&#x20AC;?. Dual citizens must always present themselves as Canadian citizens when entering Canada, and as U.S. citizens when entering the United States. Visitors with criminal records may be refused entry into Canada. A waiver of exclusion may be issued but several weeks are required and a processing fee must be paid. Further information can be accessed regarding waivers through the Canadian Consulate.

Visitors from Abroad Every citizen from abroad is required to have a valid passport or visa for entry into Canada as a visitor. Citizens from a number of foreign countries including Somalia, Republic of South Africa, and Czech Republic require visas to enter the country, obtained prior to arrival in Canada. Please ensure all travel documents are complete and available when entering Canada. For more information please visit www.cic.gc.ca.

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Travelling with Children *OPSKYLU\UKLY[OLHNLVMZOV\SKOH]L]HSPKPKLU[PĂ&#x201E;JH[PVU^P[O[OLT If you are travelling with a child and you are not the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parent or guardian, you should have a letter from the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parent or guardian authorizing entry into Canada. If you are the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only guardian, you should have documents to show there is no other guardian. For L_HTWSLHIPY[OJLY[PĂ&#x201E;JH[L[OH[KVLZUV[PKLU[PM`[OLMH[OLY^V\SKIL suitable. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passports are required.

Personal Baggage, Recreation Equipment Visitors can bring personal baggage and non-restricted sporting equipment (e.g. camping gear) into Canada duty and tax-free by KLJSHYPUN[OLTVUHYYP]HS[VJ\Z[VTZVÉ&#x2030;JPHSZ;VLUZ\YLV^ULYZOPW and prevent loss, serial numbers on all equipment including bicycles, skis, snowboards, cameras, and other sporting equipment should be registered. Business travellers may be asked to declare and place a deposit for the items they bring across the border.

Restricted and Prohibited Goods Visitors are requested to refrain from bringing some items into Canada for the protection of our citizens and agricultural trade. These items include such goods as endangered species, pepper and bear sprays, Ă&#x201E;YLHYTZĂ&#x201E;YL^VYRZJLY[HPUTLH[HUKKHPY`WYVK\J[ZKY\NZMYLZOMY\P[ and vegetables, and various types of plant and wood products. If you are unsure whether a particular item is permissible, please contact the Canada Border Service Agency at 1-800-461-9999 (within Canada) or 1-204-983-3500 (outside Canada).

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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: ŕ ŽSP[YLZ<:V\UJLZVM^PULPUJS\KPUN^PULJVVSLYZV]LY percent alcohol, or ŕ ŽSP[YLZ<:V\UJLZVMSPX\VYVY ŕ ŽH[V[HSVMSP[YLZ<:V\UJLZVM^PULHUKSPX\VYVY ŕ Ž_TPSSPSP[YLV\UJLJHUZVYIV[[SLZVMILLYVYHSLPUJS\KPUN 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 manufactured tobacco OR 200 tobacco sticks. Any alcohol or tobacco in excess of these amounts is subject to duty and provincial fees and taxes.

Pets 7L[ZÂśZWLJPĂ&#x201E;JHSS`KVNZHUKJH[ZÂśT\Z[OH]LJLY[PĂ&#x201E;JH[LZMYVTH reputable veterinarian verifying that they have been vaccinated against YHIPLZ^P[OPU[OLSHZ[[OYLL`LHYZ(SSJLY[PĂ&#x201E;JH[LZT\Z[JSLHYS`PKLU[PM` the animal. Animals younger than three months should be in good OLHS[O^OLU[OL`HYYP]LI\[KVUV[YLX\PYL[OLYHIPLZJLY[PĂ&#x201E;JH[L(SSWL[Z must be accompanied by their owners. Special purpose dogs such as seeing-eye dogs are exempt from all import conditions when the dog is accompanying its owner.


FISHING AND HUNTING LICENSES (SILY[HPZ^VYSKYLUV^ULKMVYO\U[PUNHUKÄZOPUNI\[`V\4<:;OH]LH valid license to experience these sports. Catch limits are set to preserve ÄZOHUK^PSKSPMLWVW\SH[PVUZ 3PJLUZLZMVYÄZOPUNPU5H[PVUHS7HYRZVM*HUHKHJHUILW\YJOHZLKH[ park information centres, park administration, campgrounds, warden VɉJLZHUKZLSLJ[ÄZOPUNZOVWZ-PZOPUNSPJLUZLZ[VIL\ZLKV\[ZPKLVM H5H[PVUHS7HYRJHUILW\YJOHZLKH[-PZOHUK>PSKSPMLVɉJLZOHYK^HYL convenience and department stores as well as at select gas stations. Hunting regulations and special licenses vary depending on what type of hunting you are doing. No hunting is permitted in any National Park of Canada. For complete information contact Alberta Sustainable Resource Development toll free in North America 1-877-944-0313 or visit aep.alberta.ca.

CURRENCY AND BANKING Canadian dollars and cents form the monetary system. While many operators of retail outlets, restaurants and other venues accept American money, visitors should exchange their travellers’ cheques or cash for Canadian currency. The use of credit cards is also recommended. Canadian currency no longer includes the penny. For cash transactions, amounts are rounded to the nearest $0.05.

TAXES Alberta is the only province in Canada with no Provincial Sales Tax, VY7:;;OL*HUHKPHU.V]LYUTLU[JOHYNLZHÄ]LWLYJLU[.VVKZ & Services Tax (GST) on most purchases. GST rebates on some accommodations and purchases taken out of the country can be claimed by non-residents of Canada. For more information visit www.cra-arc. gc.ca/tax.

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Vehicle Leasing and Renting: To rent a car you must be 21 years old and hold a valid driver’s license and major credit card. A small surcharge applies for drivers under 25 years of age. There are numerous car rental companies available in Southwest Alberta.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2018 January 1 – New Year’s Day February 19– Family Day March 30 – Good Friday April 1 – Easter Sunday May 21 – Victoria Day July 1 – Canada Day

August 6 – Heritage Day September 3 – Labour Day October 8 – Thanksgiving November 11 – Remembrance Day December 25 – Christmas Day December 26 – Boxing Day

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Motor Vehicle It is mandatory to carry valid documentation establishing proof of insurance and ownership for all vehicles you bring into Canada. Minimum liability coverage required in Alberta is $200,000.

TRAVEL WEBSITES AMA road conditions http://www.ama.ab.ca/road_reports Border Crossing Wait Times http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/general/times OR Twitter: http://twitter.com/CBSA_BWT

METRIC CONVERSIONS Canada uses the metric system for distances, weights and measures.

Distance: 1 kilometre (km) = .62 miles Kilometres per hour or miles per hour: 100 km/hr = 60 mph

Weight: 1 kilogram (kg) = 2.2 lbs 500 grams = 1.1 lbs

Liquid volume (used for gasoline): 4.55 litres (L) = 1 imperial gallon 3.8 litres (L) = 1 U.S. gallon

RV SANIDUMP SITES RV SaniDump sites are available at most campgrounds. To select a campground with a SaniDump, please refer to the Alberta Campground Guide.

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take in an exhibit. Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve completed your visit at the Japanese Garden, stop at the Galt Museum & Archives and take in the history of Canada and southern Alberta. The museum reveals the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history including topics on our local indigenous community, coalmining, and the historic downtown.

Take an inspiring walk in the river valley where you might see a variety of wildlife roaming or identify the tracks they left behind. The Helen Schuler Nature Centre offers a variety of interactive programming for all ages that is sure to develop your appreciation of the environment but also put a big smile on your face and make kids squeal when they hold Sophie UIFHPQIFSTOBLF5IFOIFBETPVUIEPXOUIFUSBJMTBOEZPVXJMMmOE Fort Whoop-Up where you will walk through history and experience the story of the buffalo robe trade, the years leading up to it and the years that followed.

Exhibition Park is southern Albertaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting place for events, meetings and conferences and do they know how to whoop it up. Each year they host Whoop-Up days in August featuring a midway, live music and food vendors. Throughout the summer, Exhibition Park hosts Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Markets downtown and at Exhibition Park with a plethora of local vendors and artisans selling their homemade crafts and freshly grown produce.

Henderson Pool is the most unique outdoor pool south of Calgary, featuring waterslides, a climbing wall, drop slide, one-metre diving board, Rotary Spray Park and a concession stand. Spending the entire day at Henderson Park with the pool, SLP Skate Park, walking trails, playground, Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, and Spitz Stadium, home of Bulls Baseball, will give you a true taste of how our locals spend their summer.

When you visit Lethbridge, we are sure that you will be inspired to visit again and again!

*OUIFIFBSUPGUIFDJUZ EPXOUPXO-FUICSJEHFJTXIFSFZPVXJMMmOEBMPU of the local arts scene. Casa offers a variety of workshops and classes for all ages, as well as The Gallery at Casa, a free gallery displaying art by local artists and artists with a connection to Lethbridge. Galt Gardens located across the street from Casa, hosts a variety of events and festivals throughout the year that showcase cultural, musical, artistic, and culinary talent, as well as the Rotary Centennial Fountain â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a much loved water feature to cool down in on hot summer days. New West Theatre offers a diverse range of top live entertainment with numerous productions throughout the year. Their home is the newly renovated historic Yates Theatre (reopening July 2018). Spend time admiring extraordinary art at the nationally renowned Southern Alberta Art Gallery or take in their Craft Beer Fridays featuring music, themed activities and of course delicious craft beers in a brilliant gallery! Come visit the unique Canadian Garden done in Japanese Style. Experience Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden from their hostess who will guide you in a traditional yukata. Enter the Pavilion from Kyoto Japan and

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Lethbridge Major Events 2018 Lethbridge Major Events 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of LETHBRIDGE PRIDE FEST! Celebrate June 15th – 23rd at locations throughout the community, with guest speakers, special performances, a youth dance, the Pride Flag Raising at City Hall on June 18th, and more! Join the community for the Pride Parade and Pride in the Park. Free celebrations take place for the whole community on June 23rd in downtown and Galt Gardens. The full schedule can be found at www.lethbridgepride.ca

LETHBRIDGE SHAKESPEARE PERFORMING SOCIETY presents, The Tempest, running June 28th - August 13th in Galt Gardens on Thursday and Friday evenings.These free Shakespeare in the Park performances run rain or shine and are a must-see each summer. Details can be found on the Society’s Facebook page. The 2018 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TRAMPOLINE GYMNASTICS will be taking place at the ENMAX Centre July 6th-8th. This event will welcome over 200 high-level athletes from across Canada and highlight the three trampoline disciplines: trampoline (including synchronized trampoline), double-mini trampoline, and tumbling. Tickets can be purchased at www.enmaxcentre.ca The 2nd annual WIDE SKIES MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL will be held Monday July 30th – Wednesday August 1st. Enjoy the free outdoor music event and/or buy tickets for the indoor event. Presented by The Geomatic Attic; details and announcements of performers will be shared at www.wideskiesmusicfest.org Lethbridge will be home to the 2018 MEN’S & WOMEN’S CANADIAN SLOPITCH CHAMPIONSHIPS from August 12th -18th in Softball Valley, a premiere softball facility located in the Lethbridge river valley. Up to 40 teams from across the country will earn the right to compete at this week-long event, open to the public with ticket, hotel, and other information at www.softballvalley.com

LETHBRIDGE ARTS DAYS 2018 takes place in locations throughout the community from September 22nd - 30th. Buskers, WLYMVYTLYZHUHY[PZHUTHYRL[(Y[>HSR-HTPS`(ɈHPY6U[OL:X\HYLHUKTHU`TVYLHJ[P]P[PLZ^PSSIL[HRPUNWSHJLVUJLHNHPUH[[OPZWVW\SHY annual event, with something for everyone. For details, visit www.artsdayslethbridge.org

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The High Level Bridge

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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 IYPKNL^LYLTHZZP]L0[[VVR J\IPJ`HYKZVMJVUJYL[L[VUZVMZ[LLSHUKĂ&#x201E;LSKYP]L[Z[VMHZ[LU 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, Lethbridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s +LS(SSLUHUKV[OLYPU[LYLZ[LKWHY[PLZ^VYRLK^P[O+(,SLJ[YPJ3[KHUK[OL*HUHKPHU7HJPĂ&#x201E;J9HPS^H`[VWSHJLSPNO[Z 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. E X P LO R E S O U T H W E S TA L B E R TA . C A

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Unique Experiences Boat Cruise

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Everywhere you go there are a couple ‘must-do’ experiences that if you don’t do them there, `V\TH`UV[NL[HJOHUJLHU`^OLYLLSZL+VU»[MVYNL[[VJOLJR[OLZLVɈ`V\Y bucket list while you’re in Southern Alberta.

Hold an Owl & Eagle Demo

birds of prey We’ve all had a moment when we imagined how incredible it would be to have a bird perched on our shoulder. Birds of Prey in Coaldale gives us that opportunity with specially trained Owls. Then after getting up close and personal with one of those majestic birds, get your adrenaline pumping while watching another. Flying Demonstrations are completed every 90 minutes throughout the day with beautiful falcons swooping down at 60 m.p.h. and massive eagles popping in to land on their trainer’s arm in the seating area. If you’re at all curious about birds, Birds of Prey is the place to satisfy that curiosity.

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Kiss the Sky ;OLYL»ZHU\WZPKL[VOV[HPYIHSSVVUZUV[ILPUNHISLÅ`[OYV\NOTPKKH` OV\YZ0[TLHUZ[OH[HSSÅPNO[ZPU[OLTT\Z[ILKVULH[Z\UYPZLVYZ\UZL[ Which is hard to complain about. Kiss the Sky Balloons lets you leave all your worries on the ground for the surreal opportunity to watch the sun paint the sky from up to 2,500 feet up! Over the course of a couple hours, you’ll see how breathtaking Lethbridge can be from above.

Dinos at Devils Coulee We may be 65 million years past the Mesozoic Era when +PUVZH\YZYVHTLKMYLLI\[[OH[KVLZU»[TLHU^LJHU»[Z[PSSÄUK a touchstone of their presence in Alberta. Devil’s Coulee was discovered only 30 years ago when a young girl found what she ILSPL]LK[VILHKPUVZH\YLNN(M[LYWHSLVU[VSVNPZ[ZJVUÄYTLK the discovery and added a few of their own, the Dinosaur and Heritage Museum came to be in Warner. On your visit, embrace your inner historian as you take in the sights of Hadrosaurous nests, eggs and skeletons.

Hoodoos The landscape of Writing-On-Stone has been centuries in the making. It’s easy to get lost in the beauty of the hoodoos when you realize they are the product of years and years of erosion. It’s important to follow the signs and paths at the park as some parts of the sandstone Hoodoo are more sensitive than others. The natural erosion of the sandstone isn’t the only thing that will captivate you though. The park that resides along the Milk River Valley is home to the largest concentration of First Nation petroglyphs and pictographs in all the great plains of North America.

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Canadian Signature Experiences A Canadian Signature Experience title is awarded to businesses from coast to coast who provide an authentic experience that helps showcase Canada’s tourism brand to the world. These unique experiences are selected as a strong Canadian ambassador reaching visitors on an emotional, physical, spiritual or intellectual level. We are proud to share that Southwest Alberta has THREE of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences that anyone visiting our region MUST DO!

Sierra West Frontier Cattle Drive Step back into the pages of time and experience a taste of the “Old West” - ride the open ranges, drive cattle, indulge in down home country cooking and tell yarns & ZPUNZVUNZHYV\UK[OLJHTWÄYL You will marvel at the breathtaking scenery, serenity of nature and the comradeship of fellow horsemen. This will be an adventure you’ll remember forever!

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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an interpretative center that bears witness to a method of hunting practiced by native people for nearly 6,000 years. Inside this ZHJYLKWSHJL)SHJRMVV[N\PKLZ^PSSZOHYLZ[VYPLZVM[OLHUJPLU[I\ɈHSVJ\S[\YLHZ `V\L_WSVYL[OLÄ]LSL]LSZPUZPKL-VYHUH\[OLU[PJPTTLYZP]LL_WLYPLUJLWHY[HRL in the “piskun” program where you take part in a traditional Blackfoot blessing, [HZ[LKYPLKI\ɈHSVTLH[HUKYLLUHJ[[OLI\ɈHSVQ\TW/P[`V\YTHYR^P[OHU ancient spear thrower and take home your own arrow head. 38


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Ten Ways to Spend Your Day THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING Choose your path in Waterton Lakes National Park. Find the many [YHPSZ>H[LY[VUOHZ[VVɈLY-VYHTVYLYLSH_PUNKH`PU[OLTV\U[HPUZ[V\Y[OLUpper Waterton Lake on the Waterton Shoreline Cruise, and take time to appreciate the view of the valley.

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FAMILY TIME, QUALITY TIME Jump into fun at Get Air Lethbridge or go enjoy a fresh snack at Wear ‘M’ Out while the kids run, jump, climb, basically be kids. If you’re looking for something more challenging, see if you OH]L^OH[P[[HRLZ[VÄUK`V\Y^H`V\[VMEscape From LA.

GONE CAMPING If you are looking for a nice day at the beach or a place to camp, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, Enchant Park & Campground, St. Mary’s Reservoir are the places to go! Daisy May Campground and Covered Wagon RV Park (full service, no beach) and Great Canadian Barn Dance welcome campers to enjoy the full camping experience.

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YOU’RE MY ROCK? Have you ever seen a Big Rock the size of two-storey house? Okotoks Erratic is an enormous glacial erratic that was carried by ice along the mountain. If you want to know what it was like in the coal mining town of Frank before, during and after the great rock avalanche go to Frank Slide Interpretive Centre and feel the impact of the Frank Slide story.

FIRST NATION Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park is the World’s largest Blackfoot exhibit. Go try traditional food then bring home souvenirs. Fort Whoop-Up tells the story VM[OLI\ɈHSVYVIL[YHKLHUK[OLOPZ[VY`VM[OLYLNPVUHead:THZOLK0U)\ɈHSV1\TW, a world UNESCO heritage site VɈLYZHUV\[Z[HUKPUNL_HTWSLVM[YHKP[PVUHSO\THUSHUK\ZL and every Wednesday in the summer they have drumming and dancing.

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LIVE THEATRE is popular in Southwest Alberta especially at Carriage House Theatre, Empress Theatre, and New West Theatre. Concert, movie, costume rental, special event - community theatre is all ready and waiting for eager spectators.

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ECONOLODGE LETHBRIDGE CROOKED CREEK CAMPGROUND Located just minutes from Waterton Lakes National Park gate, this park offers 79 serviced and unserviced camp sites to the general public. Reservations are recommended. During your stay enjoy free Wi-Fi, TIPXFSGBDJMJUJFT nVTIUPJMFUT BDPPLTIBDL POTJUFMBVOESZ mSFXPPE  BOEBOPOTJUFTUPSF1FUGSJFOEMZIJLJOH mTIJOHBOEHPMmOHBSFMPDBUFE nearby for your enjoyment. Open May to October.

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SUPER 8 LETHBRIDGE This centrally located hotel is across the street from Henderson Lake Park and Golf Course and the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens. It is down the street from the ENMAX Centre, indoor soccer complex and UIFKVEPDMVC5IFSFMBYFESPPNTIBWFGSFF8J'JBOEnBUTDSFFO57T  plus mini fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Executive, family and kitchenette suites are available. The deluxe continental breakfast is included with your stay. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a 24-hour business centre, a mUOFTTDFOUSFBOEGSFFPOTJUFQBSLJOH

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GORUCK CHALLENGE

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Strangers coming together as a team, bonding as a community to achieve something incredible! Sign up for this 4-5 hour, 7-10 mile team-building endurance event with friends, family, co-workers or individually. For more info and videos, check out our website. June 9, 12pm

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TABER CORNFEST

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Taber Cornfest is the largest FREE family festival in Western Canada. People come in large numbers from near and far for the three days of fun, entertainment, exhibitions, displays, a large Show and Shine of classic and many other character cars, a midway or rides, and a variety of other events from August 23 to August 25, 2018.

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WATERTON WILDLIFE FESTIVAL

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Waterton holds immense wildlife diversity. For its size of just 505 sq. kilometers, Waterton Lakes National Park holds more wildlife diversity than any other national park in Canada. In fact, it is very rare not to see some sort of wildlife in Waterton, whether it be a white-tailed deer, big horn sheep, or black bear. Join us September 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 16, 2018 to learn all about the animals living in the Rocky Mountains and the Prairies.

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GOLF

EVERGREEN GOLF CENTRE

FORT MACLEOD GOLF CLUB

Spend the day with family and friends while kidding around on the Mini Gold course or live it up on the Go-Kart track. Take a group out on the 9-hole golf course or practice your swing on the year-round driving range. Packages available for groups, corporate and birthday parties. Come out and play! Book your tee time and your private lesson online now!

Fort Macleod has the oldest golf course in Western Canada, which also doubled as a pistol range for several years. In 1924 H.R.H. the Prince of Wales played golf on this course. As you can still see wagon trails, buffalo wallows and cattle bones of a herd that died during the blizzard of 1898, it has been designated a historical site. Open during summer months

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LEE CREEK VALLEY GOLF COURSE

MAGRATH GOLF COURSE

The Les Furber designed 18-hole Cardston golf course nestled in the Lee Creek Valley, offers a picturesque view of the mountains, wildlife and natural scenery. This par 71 course features friendly services, multiple elevated tee boxes, sand and water hazards which result in a great round of golf. Strategic club selection is rewarded on this course! You will simply love this Cardston golf course!

Pristinely manicured fairways, lush landscaping and beautiful vistas are the visual enticements that draw players to the course. Its challenging natural layout, quick greens, and risk vs. reward design keep them coming back. The club also boasts a fantastic practice facility and fully licensed clubhouse.

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OKOTOKS GOLF

PINCHER CREEK GOLF CLUB

Four options to experience: 18 holes at the spectacular Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arcy Golf Course; 9 hole golf or 18 hole mini golf at Crystal Ridge; or the 18-hole Rivers Edge Golf Course.

Enjoy an established course with beautiful vistas, challenging slopes and spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. Warm up on the driving range, practice green or enjoy a meal on our beautiful deck. A great course with wonderful southern Alberta hospitality.

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TABER GOLF COURSE

WATERTON LAKES GOLF COURSE

Located a short drive from Lethbridge, Taber Golf Club provides a XPOEFSGVMTFUUJOHGPSBSPVOEOPNBUUFSZPVSHPMmOHQSPXFTT5IF Taber Golf Course features an 18-hole golf course. This golf course will use every club in your bag and will challenge any type of golfer.

This 18-hole golf course will challenge you all while taking your breath away. Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery, this course will remind you why you started playing golf. The course greens are amongst the best in Alberta. Club and cart rentals, pro-shop, practice green and a licensed clubhouse are available. Book your tee time online, by email or by phone.

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SPLASHING AROUND

COALDALE OUTDOOR POOL

HENDERSON POOL

Take a refreshing break from the dry hot sun and come dive into our Savannah themed outdoor pool. Enjoy our sundeck and lounge chair area, landscaped lawn picnic area, concession and private gazebo area featuring a patio and BBQ that can be used publicly when it is not booked for private use. Jump in and play a game of volleyball or water basketball with your kids or just sit back and enjoy some ice cream in the shade.

Henderson Pool, located next to Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden and Henderson Lake, is a favourite during the summer for families and kids of all ages. With two waterslides, a climbing wall, a tot spray park and a fully accessible pool, make sure you stop by for a day of cooling off, and bring your towel to catch some rays on the large grassy areas surrounding the water features. Enjoy lunch, dinner, and treats in between, at the concession located on site.

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RAYMOND AQUATIC CENTRE

TABER AQUAFUN CENTRE

If you’re looking to make the most of southern Alberta’s sunny days, come and play at Centennial Park. This oasis-themed outdoor pool boasts two water slides, a rock climbing wall, 1- and 3-metre diving boards, Jr. Olympic lane pool, spray toys, beach entry points, shaded picnic area and a toddler section! You could also play basketball on either of our regulation or kids sized basketball courts and beach volleyball courts.

The Taber Centre features a 200-foot waterslide, a lap pool, a children’s play lagoon, a rapids channel, a sauna, a steam room, and a hot tub. An innovative saltwater system is used to clean the pool; toys and equipment are available. This is a great facility for birthday parties, family reunions, and much more.

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ALBERTA BIRDS OF PREY CENTRE

ASPEN CROSSING RAILWAY

The Alberta Birds of Prey Centre is Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest birds of prey facility. Situated on a 70-acre wetland site, the centre is a celebration of nature featuring hawks, falcons, eagles and owls of Alberta. The Birds of Prey Centre has been called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;must seeâ&#x20AC;? attraction, delighting many visitors from around the world. Each visitor can have a live owl perch on his or her arm for a once-in-a-lifetime photograph. %BJMZnJHIUTIPXTBWBJMBCMF XFBUIFSQFSNJUUJOH 0QFO.BZUP Labour Day Monday from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

All Aboard to experience one or more of 11 themed heritage railway tours. Entertainment abounds, with an old-fashioned train robbery, live music, and meals. Also featuring The Polar Expressâ&#x201E;˘ Train Ride!

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BOMBER COMMAND MUSEUM OF CANADA Tour inside a Lancaster Bomber and hear the Merlin engines roar at special events throughout the summer. The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memorial wall, WWII aircraft, vehicles, displays and memorabilia honour those associated with Bomber Command and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Visit the gift shop for unique souvenirs. Admission is by donation.

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CANADIAN GRAIN ELEVATOR DISCOVERY CENTRE Come tour the grain elevators for an authentic historical experience. You will learn about the relationship between the grain elevator, railway and the pioneer family and gain a greater appreciation for these gigantic â&#x20AC;&#x153;prairie sententialsâ&#x20AC;? that were so important in the Albertaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past. Artifacts focusing on farming, grain production and the railway are on display.

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CARDSTON ALBERTA TEMPLE

CASA

The Cardston Alberta Temple is a historic Alberta landmark that stands on elevated ground in the center of Cardston. Founded by Mormon settlers in 1887, the small community lies just 15 miles north of the U.S.-Canada border on southern Alberta’s fertile plains. Outside the gates of the temple, a public visitor’s centre (operated in the summer) offers several displays including construction photographs dating to the early 1900s.

Celebrating their 5th anniversary in 2018, Casa is Lethbridge’s community arts centre. A unique arts facility, Casa sets a standard for interdisciplinary arts centres. With something for everyone, Casa offers programming for all ranges of age and ability in numerous arts disciplines. Visit The Gallery to view the works of local, regional and QSPWJODJBMBSUJTUT TUPQCZ5IF8JOEPX4IPQUPmOEMPDBMMZNBEFBSUT crafts, learn a new skill in a class or workshop, or just drop by to see what Casa has to offer.

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EMPRESS THEATRE The Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod entertains audiences with live theatre, movies and musical performances. The downstairs green room has performer autographs on the wall from the early 1900’s. Come hear the stories of Eddy the Ghost. #PYPGmDFIPVST.POEBZUP'SJEBZBNoQN

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EXHIBITION PARK Exhibition Park is southern Alberta’s premiere meeting place for events, meetings and conferences. Exhibition Park located off of 43rd Street South and Crowsnest Trail, hosts large-scale special events and festivals such as Ag Expo, Aggie Days, Home & Garden Show, Whoop-Up Days Family Festival, Bucking & Barrels, Children’s Family Festival, Farmers’ Markets, The Big Christmas Farmers’ Market & Trade Show and more!

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FORT WHOOP-UP

FRANK SLIDE INTERPRETIVE CENTRE

Interactive. Immersive. Experiential. EXPLORE & LEARN Fort Whoop-Up tells the story of the buffalo robe trade, the years leading up to it and the years that followed. We will be telling the story of this region, and the people here, from the mid-1860s to the early 1890s. It is a complex story that includes the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), other First Nations, MĂŠtis, Canadians, Americans, and British. It is a story of trade and politics, good people and notorious characters, and UIFnPXPGUJNF

Sift through the aftermath of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deadliest rockslide and connect with living history at one of the most popular attractions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. The centre is open year-round. Experience what it was like to be in the coal mining town of Frank before, during and after the great rock avalanche. Learn why Turtle Mountain fell and if another rock slide will come down.

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GALT MUSEUM Stories unfold at this vibrant community gathering place. Step into the Discovery Hall to meet the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) people and discover the rich story of southwestern Alberta. The Museum Store is stocked with one-of-a-kind gifts, Lethbridge area mementos and Canadian memorabilia; set foot in the original 1910 Galt Hospital wing and get hands-on with one of the many events and programs for all ages. Marvel at the view from the expansive Viewing Gallery overlooking the coulees of the Oldman River valley and historic Indian Battle Park. A red shale trail takes you to Fort Whoop-Up below.

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GEM OF THE WEST MUSEUM/TOURIST INFORMATION Take in our rich heritage as you browse through the numerous artifacts on display. Experience or reconnect to the different histories and cultures of the community and the world through interactive activities and events. This unique heritage building is a transmuted Mennonite Brethren Church which has been a part of the community for 75 years

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HELEN SCHULER NATURE CENTRE

KOOTENAI BROWN PIONEER VILLAGE

Discover it here! Open year round for that urban escape and only minutes from downtown Lethbridge. Explore the coulees, cottonwood forests and signs of early human settlement on an expansive network of self-guided trails. Relax high up in the forest canopy while you sit on the award winning green roof deck. The newly upgraded, LEED Gold building features innovative exhibits and a nature inspired community art gallery. Admission by donation.

Re-live the authentic, close-up frontier experience of Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village, featuring 28 furnished Heritage buildings dating CBDLUP&OKPZPVSGVOmMMFEFWFOUT QJDOJDJOPVSBXBSEXJOOJOH gardens and bring home a unique memory from The Country Store.

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MAGRATH MUSEUM

NEW WEST THEATRE

With lots of local history from the Galt Canal and early agricultural history to the early settlement of Southern Alberta, this great museum has lots of interesting artifacts and some good stories. Stop by and check it out.

Top live entertainment attraction showcasing popular Music-Comedy Reviews and contemporary Canadian plays. Tickets by single production purchase or subscription.

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NIKKA YUKO JAPANESE GARDEN

RAYMOND PIONEER MUSEUM

Open from mid-May to mid-October, Nikka Yuko has been rated as one of the top 10 Gardens to see in Canada by MSN News & HGTV Canada. The Garden just celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2017. Throughout the summer, have a cultural experience such as Nodate (outside tea), Yukata dressing, hear the power of Taiko drumming or watch an expert ladio (sword) demonstration. Take a guided tour or participate in a daily cultural activity.

The Raymond Historical Society maintains and operates the Raymond Pioneer Museum. The Museum is home to rich collections and unique artifacts that chronicle the lives of the pioneers that settled in the area. The Museum is also home to the Raymond Sports Hall of Fame which showcases the strong tradition of sport in the community.

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REMINGTON CARRIAGE MUSEUM

SOUTHERN ALBERTA ART GALLERY

Located in the rolling foothills of southern Alberta, the Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston provides visitors with an authentic experience with 19th and early 20th century horse-drawn transportation. Using state-of-the-art techniques, the Remington Carriage Museum brings this bygone era to life.

Located in the heart of downtown Lethbridge, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery offers dynamic, award winning contemporary art programming and exhibitions. The gallery’s park setting and proximity to local cafés and shops make it an excellent place to drop in and explore during a day’s outing. Its many programs include children’s art classes, cutting-edge exhibits, expert lectures and artist presentations, and much more! Guided tours are available for groups.

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THE FORT MUSEUM OF THE NWMP AND FIRST NATIONS INTERPRETIVE CENTRE The Sergeant at Arms at the NWMP Museum consults with children to see if the NWMP Riders are ‘up to snuff’. The Musical Ride – a choreography of riders on horseback - goes four times a day (JulyAugust). Displays of NWMP and Blackfoot people are showcased. Open during the summer months.

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THE LEBEL Featuring Pincher Creek’s array of Art, Culture & History - The Lebel offers a range of programs that cater to a spectrum of skill levels. This experience is positively unique to each individual that walks through the door. Featuring over 60 local artists, the Lebel’s energy is humbling and authentic.

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TURTLE MOUNTAIN Marvel at the awesome power of nature at Frank Slide – from an entirely new perspective. The Turtle Mountain Trail offers hiking and scrambling for adventure lovers looking for a breathtaking new summit to conquer.

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VULCAN TOURISM AND TREK STATION/ VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE A must see for any Trek fan. Visit the Leonard Nimoy bronze bust and handprint! Or the Star Ship FX6-1995-A. The unique gift shop showcases unique Star Trek memorabilia. Visit our online gift shop anytime. The visitor information centre will assist you in your trip QMBOOJOHGPSUIFDPNNVOJUZBOEIFMQZPVmOEBMMUIFIJEEFOHFNT Vulcan has to offer.

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SHOPPING

EXPLORE ELMA ST. IN DOWNTOWN

DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE

Discover boutique style shopping, clothing and antiques; treat yourself to the bakery; explore the arts: music, plays and comedy. Elma is a hidden gem in the historic shopping district. (Elma is parallel to the main downtown streets – Elizabeth & McRea).

Downtown Lethbridge has an abundance of boutiques and shops. Whether you’re looking for designer clothing, home furniture, jewelry, crafts or bridal attire, downtown shopping has it all. Visit Downtown businesses on the First Friday of every month to experience events, feature menus, sales and giveaways.

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Winter Skiing in Southwest Alberta Castle Mountain Resort is a hidden, not so little gem of a ski resort in Southern Alberta. Often called the best kept secret in the Rockies, the mountain was founded in 1966. 51 years later, Castle is lauded for its superior ski / snowboard terrain, laid-back community feel and, most of all, its sense of authenticity. Boasting almost 3,000 vertical feet of some of the longest continuous fall lines in North America, Castle is spread out over two mountains, with 94 in-bounds trails and bowls, serviced by 7 lifts. The resort also boasts one of North America’s only resort based cat-ski operations; the Powder Stagecoach. From family cruisers, to the infamous steeps of the South Side Chutes, to wonderful tree skiing, Castle Mountain has terrain to satisfy every guest and every ability level. Castle is truly an authentic western ski experience. Nestled between the communities of Pincher Creek and the Crowsnest Pass, local ranch hands and seasoned powder hounds alike share the slopes on the daily. Here the Wild West is alive and well.

Best kept secret in the rockies 7SLU[PM\SZUV^MHSSTHRLZTVYL[OHUQ\Z[ZRPPUNHUKZUV^IVHYKPUNWVZZPISL;OLYLZVY[VɈLYZN\PKLKZUV^ZOVL[V\YZJVTWSL[L^P[O equipment rentals and featuring a scenic chairlift ride, every weekend. The Syncline Castle Trails Association maintains a 15 km network of beginner to intermediate cross-country ski trails at the Syncline-Castle Cross-Country Ski Area, just minutes from the mountain. Accommodations are also plentiful at Castle Mountain Resort, nearly all of which are truly ski to your door options. The Castle Mountain Lodge and Hostel features more than 50 beds in a hostel style format, in addition to a dozen hotel rooms. If you’re looking for something a bit roomier, or for a larger family or group, more than two dozen vacation homes and condos are available throughout the resort. In the summer Castle Mountain is the perfect venue for an intimate mountain getaway wedding. The T-Bar Pub and Grub is also open on weekends throughout the summer. If you stop by while you explore the beautiful West Castle Region, you won’t be disappointed.

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Southern Alberta Arts The ‘Arts’ in any fashion is an important strand making up the DNA to any city, region or destination. After all, it is through the arts we can express who we are and celebrate the diverse talents in our region. Southwest Alberta certainly is not shy in sharing our story with an abundance of outlets for visitors to enjoy!

Music Festivals South Country Fair (Fort Macleod): ;OV\ZHUKZÅVJR[V-VY[4HJSLVK^OLYLMV\YWLYMVYTHUJLHYLHZOVZ[KVaLUZVMT\ZPJPHUZ[VTHRLHU\UMVYNL[[HISL^LLRLUK Visit southcountryfair.com for more information.

Aspen Crossing Music Fest (Mossleigh): Two days of live music for a good cause, Aspen Crossing’s Music Festivals takes place in August with proceeds going to STARS Ambulance. Stay up to date on this year’s performers at aspencrossing.com/musicfestival.

Galleries Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge):

Houses some of the most thought-provoking contemporary art to be found in all of Alberta. Visit saag.ca for more information.

Casa (Lethbridge): One of the most distinctive buildings in all of downtown Lethbridge and the work that goes on inside this energetic arts hub is just as spectacular! Visit casalethbridge.ca to learn more.

Performing Arts Lethbridge Symphony (Lethbridge): <U^PUKHM[LYHSVUN^LLRI`ZP[[PUNIHJRH[[OLZ`TWOVU`HUKSL[[PUNZVTLVM3L[OIYPKNL»ZTVZ[[HSLU[LKT\ZPJPHUZÄSS your soul with beautiful music. Find out when the next performance is at lethbridgesymphony.org.

New West Theatre (Lethbridge): provides a special treat for anyone who likes to groove to classic songs and laugh at family-friendly jokes. View upcoming performances at newwesttheatre.com.

Empress Theatre (Fort Macleod): A protected heritage building, this charming little venue presents professional Canadian musicians, digital cinema, touring shows, summer camps and community theatre! Check out new performances on their website macleodempress.com.

Carriage House Theatre (Cardston): People from all over the world have been entertained here with past shows including Peter Pan, Beauty & the Beast and Mary Poppins! Be sure to check out their website, thecarriagehousetheatre.com for upcoming shows! E X P LO R E S O U T H W E S TA L B E R TA . C A

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Pearls Cafe and Pizza of Waterton

Two amazing and delicious restaurants under one roof! pearlscafe.ca pizzaofwaterton.com (403) 859-2660

Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort

An 80 suite, full service hotel featuring the on-site Vimyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge & Grill restaurant. watertonlakeslodge.com 1-888-985-6343

Aspen Village

Offering a wide variety of accommodations ranging from hotel rooms to private cottages. aspenvillageinn.com 1-888-859-8669

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LOUNGE & GRILL

Crandell Mountain Lodge

Crandell has been welcoming guests to Waterton since 1940 and offers the charm of a B&B with the comfort of a lodge. crandellmountainlodge.com 1-866-859-2288

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Experience

Southern Alberta’s History Year-Round

Ancient Plains Buffalo Culture

Canada’s Deadliest Rockslide

FEATURE EXHIBIT

The Mclaughlin Story

alberta’s first natural gas plant

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Alberta Culture & Tourism’s historic sites and museums

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