220 km from Calgary
Agriculture, health, education, retail and hospitality
Approximately 92,729 residents
Kindergarten to grade 12 and post-secondary
In the heart of southern Alberta, the Oldman river valley carves its way through the semi-arid landscape as the river snakes through and branches off into smaller coulees. The Blackfoot people in the area called it Aksayim, or “Steep banks.”
Lethbridge enjoys warm summers and mild winters. Summers are bright and sunny, with the city receiving over 320 days of sunshine per year. The Rocky Mountains that lay 150 kilometres to the west are the reason behind Lethbridge’s unique weather patterns, including the prevalent winds. While Lethbridge has a reputation for the ever-present wind, it’s not actually the windiest place in Canada – it only ranks 8th on the list. Also because of the mountains, the chill of winter is broken by warm winter chinooks.
The Lethbridge Viaduct runs almost parallel to the main highway and is one of the most distinctive structures in town. It’s the highest and longest steel trestle bridge in North America, measuring 95.7 metres, or 314 feet at its highest point. The city skyline is punctuated with the clock tower, atop the old post office, and the water tower, which has since been converted into a one-of-a-kind restaurant.
Although the Lethbridge area is traditionally agricultural in nature, it’s grown into a vibrant, multicultural urban centre, and an economic, governmental and service hub. Residents get the best of city living, with all the modern conveniences at their fingertips. There’s a thriving cultural scene for visual and performing arts, sports, and recreation, as well as a great mix of bars, cafes, and restaurants to enjoy, and a full calendar of special events year-round.
You can cheer on the local Western Hockey League team, the Lethbridge Hurricanes, or reflect on the beauty of the Nikka Yuko Japanese garden. Whatever your lifestyle or interests, there’s something for you here. A recently renovated and expanded Henderson Lake is a popular family attraction with a 24 hectare man-made lake perfect for kayaks, canoes and paddle boats alike along with a spray park, rock climbing wall, diving board, outdoor pool and water slides for all ages.
Lethbridge is one of only a few cities its size that has two post-secondary institutions, Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge. Each institution offers a full range of certificates, diploma, and degree programs, as well as options in the trades and continuing education.