Picture a lawless 1869 whiskey trading fort patronized by shady characters of the Wild West. The Aboriginals had frequented the region for thousands of years, but it was the unruly trading post that spurred the Mounties to build a barracks nearby. The infamous origins of Lethbridge are now celebrated with an annual party.
Just over two hours southeast of Calgary lies this vibrant city steeped in history, culture and green spaces. The Oldman River winds through Lethbridge, and along its banks is an immense network of urban parks. Spanning the river is the longest and tallest railway bridge in the world, an impressive 1909 engineering feat.
Spend an evening at the theatre, ball game or rockin’ out to the live music scene. Grab your clubs and swing into action on a Lethbridge golf course. Join the locals for a barn dance, or get lost in a corn maze. Connect with Alberta’s Wild West, then and now.
Scoundrels. Serenity. Bridges. Birds of prey. Here’s your insider Lethbridge checklist!
Whoop it up
Lethbridge celebrates its Wild West heritage during Fort
Whoop-Up Days, five days of rodeo, parades and rides. Wander around notorious Fort Whoop-Up
and see what put the “wild” in west.
Bridges, bovines and beer
Relive the history of Southern Alberta at the
Galt Museum, with interactive displays, unusual artifacts, neat programs and a giant beer bottle.
Align your yin with your yang in the serenity of the
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.
If bison could fly
The Aboriginals drove herds of bison over the cliffs for nearly 6000 years at
nearby Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Southern Alberta Art Gallery
by day and the
Sticks and bats
Spot tomorrow’s superstars at a WHL
hockey game or a WMBL
The eagle has landed
Get close to rescued hawks, falcons, eagles and owls at the
Alberta Birds of Prey Centre.
Get outta town!
Swish the day away on
Castle Mountain Resort’s 78 runs and terrain park. Ride a snow cat to untouched backcountry powder. 90 minutes west of town. Tackle 366 m (1200 ft) of vertical day or night at
140 km (87 mi) west of Lethbridge.
Immerse yourself in the authentic towns of
Alberta’s southwest. North of Lethbridge is Coalhurst, and the towns of Taber
are southeast. Relive the drama of the
and discover the ancient art at
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. Witness the collision of prairies and mountains in Waterton Lakes National Park. All just over an hour from Lethbridge!