Named in honour of the international friendship between Japan and Canada, the beautifully manicured Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens are a lush oasis in the heart of Lethbridge. Stroll the exquisite grounds to discover the harmonious balance of perfectly pruned trees, soothing water features and symbolic structures. Every season is beautifully unique – from the vibrant pink crab apple blossoms in spring to the brilliant autumn foliage. Touring the gardens during Winter Lights is another must-do. Visit the 16th-century inspired tea pavilion to take part in an immersive experience, like a Japanese sword demonstration or folding fan decorating. Learn about the cultural significance of the Yakuta, a casual cotton summer festival dress. Enjoy a time-honoured tea-ceremony demonstration. Listen to stories about the gardens’ design, symbolism and history on a complimentary tour. Check out the Nikka Yuko events calendar for upcoming festivals, celebrations, demonstrations and more.