Five Things Not to Miss in Lethbridge September 15, 2018 · 4 min. readWhile the thoughts and opinions are my own, this article was brought to you by a third party. Also, this article may contain affiliate links.
It's hard to pick just five great attractions in a city made for exploring. For too long, Lethbridge has been seen as a "drive through" city, but in recent years, it has confidently put itself on the map as a destination in its own right.
Here are five not-to-miss attractions on your next visit to Lethbridge:
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden
This beautiful Japanese-style garden is an oasis in the city. It was established during Canada's Centennial in 1967, to recognize the contributions made by citizens of Japanese ancestry to the community of Lethbridge. Learn about Japanese culture and design, walk the garden and visit the pavilion, which hosts traditional tea ceremonies and other events. The first and last hour of operation each day is a serene time to get the garden to yourself.
Park the car and explore a ton of boutiques, shops and cafés in downtown Lethbridge. Grab a coffee and a sandwich at the Stoketown Café and Cure, then head up the block to the Drunken, a fun clothing boutique with retro-punk-rockabilly feel. Old meets contemporary at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, which offers educational courses, exhibits and an art shop. The Roundtable Board Gamerie is a great place to relax and play when you're ready for a break.
High Level Bridge, River Valley and Galt Museum
Probably Lethbridge's most famous view, the High Level Bridge is the longest and highest trestle bridge in the world. You'll get a great view of it from the Galt Museum, where you can explore the city and region's history through a number of rotating exhibits. If you're active, you can explore the river valley on its numerous walking trails, or head into the valley for a round of golf at Paradise Canyon Golf Course or take the family to the Everygreen Golf Centre, where everyone in the family can swing a club or ride a go-kart.
The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery is home to a diverse range of exhibits, thanks to its huge permanent collection. You can appreciate great Canadian works like indigenous art from Bill Reid, or globe trot and see works from world-famous artists like Matisse and Picasso. In downtown Lethbridge, the The Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) and CASA are home to incredible contemporary exhibits.
The Lethbridge Culinary Scene
Similar to Lethbridge's international art scene, you can globetrot with the city's restaurant scene as well. Mocha Cabana works with farmers to incorporate local ingredients on the menu. Ask for a seat on their al fresco patio. For a southern flavour, pick up a plate of tacos and Mexican soda at the family-run Tacos Made in Mexico. The Telegraph Tap House, a cozy and eclectic pub housed in a historic building, (Lethbridge's original telegraph office) has a hearty international menu and plenty of local craft and Belgian beers on tap. Dig into burgers and poutine at the Owl Acoustic Lounge a, known for its cocktails and great live music scene.
If You Go
This is just a sampling of places to discover in Lethbridge. For more information, visit TourismLethbridge.com
Ever since visiting the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg last summer, I've wanted to include more about First Nations culture on my blog. Being of European descent, I often feel I am culturally blind to First Nations culture, and I noticed a severe lack of it in my writing. In fact, I feel in past articles a lot of my focus has been on European history in the New World, with only a side note regarding First Nations history. Now, I am trying for there to be more equal representation in my blog.
To finish off my #BucketlistAB series, I thought this article would be the perfect place to flip the tables, and instead focus on First Nations culture, with a European side note. Sometimes it is impossible to talk about one without the other, but I tried to focus more on the First Nations people and their story in this article. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.
Long before I started my blog, many, many years ago, I visited Innsbruck, Austria. I was on a Contiki trip through Europe and visited a plethora of locations such as Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Lucerne and Innsbruck, just to name a few. It was an incredible experience and one that I think was a transformative moment in my life.
Off the record (or, on the record now, I guess), of all the places I visited, the only one I didn't like was Innsbruck. I couldn't get into it. We visited it in late March, so the weather wasn't the best. The trees didn't have any leaves on them, the grass was brown, and everything had a post-winter grey look to it. After visiting Munich and spending the night in St. Goar, my mind wasn't thinking about Innsbruck at all. Instead, I was more excited to go to Venice the next day, and the Vatican the day after that. My time in Innsbruck was uneventful, and all I wanted was to get back on the road.
That was in 2011, and now it's 2018. Has my opinion on Innsbruck changed? I would say yes. I'm more mature now and if I went back, I would better appreciate what I was seeing. As I've gotten older, I've been less impressed by the massive buildings and more enthralled by the history that created them.
Although the hot summer days of July are long behind us, 2017 is still Canada's 150th year. In honour of Canada's sesquicentennial birthday, I decided to put together a list of 150 things about Canada. This list talks about our quirkiness, our strengths, our weakness, and our legacy, for better and for worse. There are some sad facts, some odd facts and some facts that will probably make you open another tab to look into for yourself.
Hope you enjoy this list, and I hope you all had a great 2017!
1. Canada's two official languages are French and English, but only 20.6% of Canadians speak French.