Lethbridge Alberta is a wonderful vacation destination for the entire family. In fact, there are so many great activities to choose from, you may find it difficult to decide what you want to see and do. Here are a few options to consider.
A trip to the area wouldn’t be complete without spending a day (or two) at the Galt Museum & Archives. Located on 1st Street South, it’s your one-stop shop to discovering the unique history of southern Alberta.
It houses a variety of interesting acquisitions and special collections, which include old paintings, toys, sports memorabilia, specialized tools used in the area and just about everything in between. To date, there are more than 20,000 pieces on display.
The museum also hosts events that include a summer camp, an art festival, a haunted hospital and cemetery tour and a variety of workshops where you can make everything from homemade ice cream to walking sticks.
If you’ve always wondered what it would be like to live life on the frontier, you will definitely enjoy visiting Fort Whoop-Up. The accommodations are quite a bit different from say, Lethbridge Lodge. This national historic site, situated on Indian Battle Park Road, depicts what it was like to live in a fort built by Montana traders, in the late 1800s.
You’ll watch a short documentary and then take a self-guided tour of the fully-furnished fort itself. You also have access to the Thunderchief Gallery where you’ll learn about Blackfoot Indian culture, the Crowshow Gallery that showcases life in the Belly River area and an extensive vintage firearm collection with over 500 pieces on display.
It should be noted that the fort is open year-round. However, it is closed every Tuesday.
The Helen Schuler Nature Centre invites you and your family to discover the wild side of Lethbridge. Located just minutes from downtown, it’s a great place to get back to nature.
The 200 acre reserve features nature trails thriving with a wide variety of flowering plants and wildlife. It also houses several interactive exhibits, suitable for family members of all ages.
While you’re there you might get the chance to watch a train cross the highest and longest railway bridge in North America. The High Level Bridge, which was built between 1907 and 1909, is 95.7 meters high and 1,623 meters long. It replaced 20 wooden bridges and cost in excess of 1 million dollars to construct. This bridge is truly an incredible sight!
If you plan on visiting the area between the end of July and the end of October, why not get lost in the Lethbridge Cornmaze? The original maze was designed by property owner, Theo Slingerland, in 2000. It was such a hit that he and his family have expanded on the idea every year since.
Currently, there are three separate mazes (a kids maze, a big maze and a trivia maze) amongst nine acres of corn. Depending on how fast you want to travel, it typically takes between 20 minutes and three hours to navigate all of them.
In addition to the mazes, there is also a petting zoo, a train ride, a giant slide, a playground, hay rides, a snack shop and pumpkins in the fall.
This is just a brief overview of some of the family-oriented activities that you’ll find in Lethbridge. Chances are, once you visit the area, you’ll want to keep coming back for more. You’ll be glad you did!