Once a whisky trading post, the city with a wild side is now a flourishing cultural hub. Discover some of the cafes, public art and urban parks that make modern-day Lethbridge a top spot to play in southern Alberta. Here are the five things you’ve got to try on your next visit:
Lethbridge has a rich arts and culture scene. From the vast permanent collection housed at the University of Lethbridge, to featured exhibitions at public galleries like the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the CASA arts centre, there are always thought-provoking works in various mediums on display. For a fun, free way to explore southern Alberta’s art community, walk your way around downtown’s 20-plus public art installations. Download an Art of the City map from artslethbridge.com and hit the streets in search of sculptures, murals and kinetic works. Look for local artist Alex Pavlenko’s weirdly whimsical metallic windsock, Wranglin’ Willie & the Windeater – a humorous nod to Lethbridge’s blustery weather – and the thundering hooves of bison escaping his mural Destiny Manifesting.
Do your downward dog outside at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens. Named in honour of the international friendship between Japan and Canada, the vibrant, manicured gardens are a lush oasis in downtown Lethbridge. Throughout the summer months, Yoga in the Garden is offered on the lawn in front of the reflection pond. Challenge your strength, balance and flexibility in a Hatha class, or go with the Flow, for more invigorating, fluid poses. Let the beautiful balance of perfectly pruned trees, soothing water features and symbolic structures inspire your practice. Classes are booked on a drop-in basis; check the nikkayuko.com events calendar for details.