Lethbridge is a cultured college town just two hours south of Calgary. Sitting on the doorstep of the Rocky Mountainsis, this scenic and historic city offer plenty to see and do for both residents and visitors alike.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love Lethbridge's plentiful parks and green spaces. Alexander Wilderness Park is a 42 hectare nature reserve bordered by the Oldman River. It's a great place to hike and bird watch and pelicans can be spotted here in the spring and summer. The Lethbridge Nature Reserve consists of 82 hectares of protected land and has several self-guided nature trails which lead visitors through the flood plain and coulees (a network of large rolling hills). For an urban picnic, head over to Galt Gardens, which has served as a public square since 1885, or discover the eastern charm of the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.
Lethbridge is home to the world's largest high level bridge, the Lethbridge Viaduct (commonly called the High Level Bridge), which is 314 feet and crosses the Oldman River. Lethbridge has fantastic educational options for a city of its size, which gives it a fun, youthful college town vibe. The University of Lethbridge is housed in a unique building on the top of the hillside. Lethbridge's student population means the city has more than its fair share of music and cultural events, and university sports to check out.
Golfers will love Lethbridge's variety of golf courses such as the Henderson Lake Golf Course, Paradise Canyon Golf and Country Club, or Bridge Valley Golf Club. There are also plentiful swimming pools, such as the state-of-the-art Max Bell Regional Aquatic Centre, and six ice rinks, in addition to outdoor skating on Henderson Lake and Nicholas Sheran Lake.
Lethbridge has a thriving arts and culture scene. The Yates Memorial Centre and Sterndale Bennett Theatre host plenty of entertaining theatre productions. Lethbridge also hosts several annual festivals and events including Whoop-Up Days, the Dragonboat Festival, the Annual Air Show, the Changing Faces of our Community anti-racism event, and the Street Machine Weekend.
The area's rich history can be explored at Fort Whoop Up and the Sir Alexander Galt Museum. During the Second World War, Japanese Canadians were forcibly relocated from the West Coast to the Lethbridge area where they were made to work as farm labourers. This accounts for a strong Japanese cultural presence today, a fine example being the impressive Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. Also standing as a symbol for amends now made, the garden's name means Japanese and Canadian friendship.