Southern Alberta’s largest city, Lethbridge, is known for its historical and cultural landmarks. The Lethbridge High Level Bridge, also called a viaduct, was described as one of the wonders of the world when it was completed in 1909. Today, it remains the longest and highest trestle bridge in the world. At the Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site of Canada, explore a famous trading post, one of the earliest and most notorious of the so-called whisky forts. For more southwestern Alberta history, the Galt Museum is known for its rotating world-class exhibits. If it’s culture you’re after, don’t miss the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, a peaceful oasis right in the city. The Southern Alberta Art Gallery is internationally acclaimed, while Casa is an impressive interdisciplinary arts center. For a unique piece of prairie charm, visit the prominent Lethbridge water tower, which also houses a new restaurant.
Lethbridge also boasts many stunning parks, including the Helen Schuler Nature Centre, a year-round urban escape surrounded by the Lethbridge Nature Reserve. Hike the short Coulee Climb to learn about coulees – distinct geographic formations – andtake in views across the Oldman River Valley. Numerous other parks also line the banks of the winding Oldman River, including the sprawling Alexander Wilderness Park, Botterill Bottom Park, which boasts a new mountain bike park, and Popson Park, popular for fishing and boating.