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Recreation & Leisure

Newcomers to the city are easily awed by the variety of recreational and leisure opportunities offered. We have ice and soccer arenas, swimming pools,  lawn bowling and horseshoe pitches, tennis courts, playing fields, ball diamonds, a skate park, BMX track, archery and shooting range, climbing wall and over 80 community groups to occupy them. Participation ranges from strictly fun to very competitive.

There are private fitness clubs, as well as the YMCA, the YWCA, the University and the College, offering fun and fitness for the entire family. Spectators enjoy high-caliber junior hockey, baseball, and inter-varsity sports, provided by the Lethbridge Community College Kodiaks, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League, and the Prairie Dawgs of the Prairie Baseball Academy.

Parks & Wilderness

Quiet idyllic places of rest and contemplation are available too, from the tranquility of the famed Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden to the rough-hewn features of Alexander Wilderness Park where giant cottonwoods help hide several species of animal and bird life in their natural habitat.

The crowning jewel is an extensive urban park system of 1740 hectares (4300 acres) allowing broad access to the Oldman River. The transformation from bustling downtown to placid riverbank is a short 15 minute walk. Quiet self-guided nature walks, jogging trails, boating access, wilderness parkland, bridle and bicycle paths, picnic areas, sporting venues, cross-country skiing space, tobogganing, frisbee golf, skateboarding and more are all combined in a comprehensive package that skirts the waterway on both sides of the river. There are also over 70 parks, playgrounds, sports fields and green-strips dotted throughout the city.

Facilities, Programs, & Places to Visit

Leisure Guide
This is your best source for anything that's going on in the city from facility schedules,  fitness, recreation, and active living programs, society calendars, community and cultural events, public information (24 hr info lines, interactive web, calendars etc), and more .

Coal Banks Trail
The Coal Banks regional trail is a pedestrian/cyclist path linking facilities and parks in Lethbridge. Designed to provide an uninterrupted route from the river valley to Henderson Park and north to Pavan Park, the paved trail exposes walkers, joggers, strollers, in-line skaters, cyclists and people using wheelchairs to a wide range of environments and leisure opportunities.

Named for the original coal mining town in the valley, the 2.4 metre (8 foot) wide Coal Banks Trail includes more than 30 kilometres of continuous pathways through manicured parks, natural areas, industrial parks, residential streets and greenstrips. Stairs and bicycle rails are provided at steep inclines.  Residents may take advantage of greenstrip trail sections for casual neighborhood walks. Longer family outings may take place along the valley portion of the trail that sweeps between river banks, coulees, open space and cottonwood bluffs. An extended hike or bicycle ride along the entire length of the regional trail is a complete parkland experience.

Parks & Pathways Map

Lethbridge Public Library
Apart from a huge collection of books, videos, journals, magazines, and news papers housed in the main building downtown, the Bookmobile, our library on wheels, makes 18 stops throughout the city each week.  The library also offers many programs for children, adults, and families such as interactive reading and story-telling, puppets, concerts, art shows, lectures, training, tutoring and adult literacy, and more. 

Golfers have 5 golf courses within the city. They are Paradise Canyon Golf and Country ClubLethbridge Country Club, Henderson Lake Golf Course, the family oriented Bridge Valley Golf Course, and Evergreen Golf Centre. If that's not enough golf for you, there are 8 more courses within a half hour drive, and dozens of world class golf courses designed by such renowned golf architects as Les Furber and Stanley Thomson within a four hour drive. 

Visitor Information
Chinook Country Tourist Association, 2805 Scenic Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada T1K 5B7 
Phone: (403) 320-1222     Toll-Free: 1-800-661-1222     Fax: (403) 329-6177
E-mail: info@chinookcountry.com

ENMAX Centre  - a multi-purpose entertainment facility hosting diverse events like: concerts, three-ring circuses, multicultural events, national curling championships, basketball events, banquets, skating events and the Lethbridge Hurricanes, a major WHL franchise. The centre has  a running track, racquetball and squash courts, and a full-size ice rink. There is also an outdoor sports field with capacity for 2,000 people adjacent to the centre.

Helen Schuler Coulee Centre - a 200-acre nature reserve. Changing exhibits with varied natural history themes. Interpretive programs. Self-guided nature walks lead into the reserve, where a wide variety of plants and wildlife can be seen amidst arid coulees and lush floodplains.

ATB Financial Alberta International Airshow
This two-day airshow is held each summer attracting more than 30,000 visitors who come to view the civilian and military aircraft in the sky and on the tarmac.

Lethbridge & District Exhibition Park
Exhibition Park hosts more than 400 events each year like: Farmers' Markets;  Home & Gardens, Leisure and Adventure, and Agricultural trade shows,  Rodeos, Horse Racing, Family Fests, and craft fairs.  Expect something to always be happening at Exhibition Park.  Calendar of Events.