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A ZenSeekers' road trip isn't complete unless the destinations include outdoor adventures, and culinary, learning and cultural experiences. Create your #BucketlistAB itinerary in Southern Alberta and come and stay a night and see a sight.
By Paula Worthington
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.
While Lethbridge is often visited by friends and family members or as a tournament hub, its variety of attractions, growing arts and culinary scene is helping to put Lethbridge on the map as its own destination. Within easy driving distance of Waterton National Park, Glacier National Park, the Canadian Badlands and Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Lethbridge is becoming a destination hub.
Walk it off: Explore the independent shops on 5th and 6th street and find some unique items. From boutique apparel stores like Drunken Sailor to an outdoor downtown farmers’ market (held on Wednesdays), to shopping local one-of-a kind arts and crafts items at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery’s museum shop.
Mid-Morning: Get your steps in while enjoying a peaceful escape at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. Built in honour of Canada’s centennial in 1967, the garden symbolizes the friendship between Canada and Japan. Take a garden tour with one of their knowledgeable guides and learn about the Garden’s history, design and Japanese culture. Tours are free with admission and depart the main Garden gate at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Lunch: Go from the far east to southern beaches with a lunch stop at Tacos Made in Mexico. This small, friendly restaurant is family-run, bringing authentic Mexican dishes to Canada. On the weekend, don’t miss trying a bowl of homemade Pozole, a traditional Mexican soup.
Afternoon: Head to the river valley and soak up the views of Lethbridge’s famous High Level trestle bridge while learning about the city’s history at the Galt Museum – home to more than 17,000 artifacts. Explore the walking paths in the area or venture into the river valley and enjoy a late afternoon round of golf at Paradise Canyon Golf Course.
Dinner: Get a true “al fresco” dining experience at Mocha Cabana. The restaurant has relationships with local farmers to bring the best of the region’s bounty to your plate. Its large sheltered patio provides an instant vacation feel.
Evening: Wind down your evening with a night of classic board games at the Round Table Board Gamerie. With more than 400 games to choose from and a beverage and snack menu, it’s a great way to relax after a busy day exploring.
If You Go
Check Tourism Lethbridge to start planning your trip and find other activities in the area.
Travel Alberta also has lots of great information about things to do and places to see in the Lethbridge area.