Greetings From the Mayor
Lethbridge Mayor Bob Tarleck at Lethbridge City Hall.
"Lethbridge is a place where people put down roots and help to shape their future. You belong in Lethbridge."
Dear Friends of the University of Lethbridge:
I am pleased to have this opportunity to introduce you to my community. Straddling the scenic Oldman River, Lethbridge offers a unique range of educational, research, cultural, and recreational opportunities. And it does this in a diverse, family-friendly community that is firmly focused on a sustainable future.
With two post-secondary institutions and two major research centres, Lethbridge benefits from one of the highest percentages of PhD’s of any Canadian city. The University of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge College are nationally recognized for the quality of their teaching and research. The Lethbridge Agriculture Research station, the largest station in Canada, has an international reputation and the Animal Disease Research Station has been a leading centre for animal disease research for more than 100 years.
Designated a National Cultural Capital in 2004, Lethbridge is a community that celebrates culture. The centerpiece of our centennial celebrations in 2006 was the reopening of the renovated and expanded Galt Museum. The Yates Theatre is the setting for performances by the Lethbridge Symphony, New West Theatre, Lethbridge Musical Theatre, Playgoers of Lethbridge, and dance competitions. The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the University of Lethbridge, and the local aboriginal community are also important arts resources.
Lethbridge offers recreational and environmental opportunities to meet almost any need. The extensive urban parks system consists of 1,740 hectares, with more than 60 kilometers of trails winding through the city’s spectacular coulee landscape. There are two significant environmental centres in the Oldman River valley and families can easily access programs and facilities for swimming, golf, tennis, baseball, slo-pitch, rugby, indoor and outdoor soccer, football, target shooting, and archery.
If you need any other reason for choosing Lethbridge, consider our climate and cost of living advantages. With 2400 hours of sunshine per year, we are one of the sunniest cities in the county and we have the highest winter and mean temperature of any prairie city. And, finally, the low Alberta tax rates and the lowest housing costs of any Alberta city mean that paradise is affordable.
Robert D. Tarleck, M.A., M.Ed., Ako’Tasi
Mayor, City of Lethbridge