Alberta

Province Code
AB

Sometimes the best destinations to explore can be found in unlikely places. While both the wilds of the backcountry and the thrill of big cities each carry their charm, sometimes you crave visiting a place that feels familiar and new at the same time.

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.

Lethbridge's Paradise Canyon Golf Resort played host for the 2018 PGA MacKenzie Tour, but it's not the only links game in town. 

Lethbridge is home to the world’s tallest and longest trestle bridge, and perhaps known for its strong Alberta winds, but it’s also home to great businesses, restaurants and attractions that make up its downtown core. It’s time to park the car, put on your walking shoes, and explore Lethbridge.

I’ll admit that I don’t know much about Japanese garden philosophy – I thought that a “bonsai” was an actual type of tree, when it’s actually the art form of shaping a tree in a specific way. That said, I’ve always been drawn to garden spaces, but walking through the door to the Nikka Yuko Garden in Lethbridge was like strolling into a gorgeous outdoor space in Japan.

“A REAL Picasso?” That was my incredulous response after David Smith, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery assistant curator, casually waved towards one of the gallery rooms.

It's hard not to think back to the "old west" days when driving through the coulees of Lethbridge. They're almost like a canyon cutting through the prairies, dry and rugged, with rattlesnakes and scorpions on the lam. I can see the odd cactus still holding on to their spring flowers.

As one of Canada's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is an incredible aboriginal legacy, helping to preserve more than 6,000 years of Blackfoot cultures and traditions that happened here in the North American plains.

Words can hardly describe the moment I came upon the vast destruction caused by Frank Slide. Driving from Pincher Creek, we passed by green fields, wind turbines, and mountains. Everything was neat and intact. But as we approached the town of Frank, a massive landscape of rubble lay on both sides of the highway and carried on for as far as we could see. Looking through the windshield, we could see the mountain that gave way, a brief moment in history that became Canada's deadliest landslide.

Did you know that a small town in southern Alberta is the birthplace of the modern oil and gas industry in Western Canada?