Five things to do in Lethbridge, Canada

  • Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada © City of Lethbridge

Can you name a city that was named after someone who never set foot in the country where the city is located? A city fulfilling this criteria will be hosting the Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship 2019 from 30 March to 7 April.

Lethbridge, the fourth most populated city in Alberta, Canada was named after the 19th century English lawyer, William Lethbridge, even though he never visited. However, he was the president of the North Western Coal and Navigation Company, a mining firm based in Lethbridge.

If you, unlike William, will be visiting the city for some world-class curling action, here are some suggestions for what to do between draws.

1. Galt Museum and Archives


To get to know more about Lethbridge’s rich industrial history, go to the Galt Museum & Archives. The museum stores over 17,000 artefacts and more than one million archival documents and photographs. On top of its permanent exhibitions, the complex hosts several temporary ones, all portraying a piece of Lethbridge’s history. Admission rates range from $CAD 3 (youth) to $CAD 6 (adult).

www.galtmuseum.com/

2. Lethbridge’s parks


Once you have had enough of local history, you can enjoy a relaxing walk, hike or picnic in one of the city’s parks. Be it Henderson Lake Park, Nicholas Sheran Park – with the longest disc golf course in Canada – or the Indian Battle Park, the city’s natural beauty won’t disappoint you. For the more adventurous of you, 125 hectares Pavan Park offers horseback riding opportunities as well.

Henderson Lake Park, www.lethbridge.ca/Things-To-Do/Parks/Pages/Henderson-Lake-Park.aspx
Nicholas Sheran Park, www.lethbridge.ca/Things-To-Do/Parks/Pages/Nicholas-Sheran-Park.aspx
Indian Battle Park, www.lethbridge.ca/Things-To-Do/Parks/Pages/Indian-Battle-Park.aspx
Pavan Park, www.lethbridge.ca/Things-To-Do/Parks/Pages/Pavan-Park.aspx

3. Southern Alberta Art Gallery


Are you into arts? Then the Southern Alberta Art Gallery is your call. SAAG is home of many works from contemporary artists from Canada and abroad. The gallery offers a wide range of programmes including Craft Beer Friday, Tea Circle and even Conversations in Blackfoot language. Admission rates are $CAD 5 and under. On Sundays you can visit for free.

www.saag.ca/ | www.saag.ca/about/visiting/

4. Food and drink


When it comes to discovering what Lethbridge has to offer food-wise, Two Guys And A Pizza Place is where you could start your journey. Don’t get fooled by the name, Tripadvisor #1 ranked eatery in the city offers local and Canadian specialties as well as Italian food. They have gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options as well.

www.twoguyspizza.ca

For some after-hours activities, there are plenty of bars in the city, including Average Joe’s Sports Bar and Legends. They offer live music entertainment and have large screen TVs to follow the evening draws and other sports actions.

Average Joes, www.thejoe.ca/
Legends, www.legendspub.ca/

5. Scotland’s Bruce Mouat’s top pick

Scotland skip Bruce Mouat competed at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2017 in Lethbridge and will return there with his men’s team this spring. Looking back on his time in the city, Mouat recalls the fascinating view of the High Level Bridge, the longest and highest trestle bridge in the world reaching 1.6 kilometres in length and 95 metres in height, located close to the Galt Museum.

He said: “Of what I remember there was a museum near the bridge that crossed the valley. And, for walks there was a view point that leads out to look into the valley and the bridge.”

While taking a walk in and around Brewery Gardens and visiting Lethbridge View Point you might spot Bruce pondering about how to get an even more sparkling medal than last year’s bronze.

Brewery Gardens, www.lethbridge.ca/Things-To-Do/Parks/Pages/Brewery-Gardens.aspx
Mouat wins World Men’s 2018 bronze, www.worldcurling.org/wmcc2018/bronze

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