Activities and Attractions
Being located less than 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the Rocky Mountains provides unlimited opportunities for recreation. You can fly fish on the blue ribbon trout streams or hunt for big game and game birds. For hiking and sightseeing the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park has spectacular alpine scenery. Take in the Rockies' excellent snow conditions for downhill and cross-country skiing at 12 ski resorts within a five-hour drive. The closest downhill ski facility is less than two hours from the city. Chinook Country Tourism has a comprehensive listing and contacts for activities and attractions in the region. Here are a few.
Trail Riders of The Canadian Rockies
TRCR is a non-profit Calgary horseback trail riding club that has been taking six-day backcountry summer rides in the Canadian Rockies since 1923 (2008 will be their 85th year). In 2007 there were 12 six-day rides in the Waterton area from June 26th to September 14th.
Canadian Badlands Touring Routes
Home to the world’s richest, most accessible dinosaur finds, and to the world-class
Royal Tyrrell Museum. See 70,000 millennia of history etched in globally unique geological formations. Regional driving tours through the Canadian Badlands are 3 to 4 days long and offer many ideas on what to see and do.
Inside Out Experience
Enjoy exciting Adventures in Bragg Creek such as Whitewater Rafting, Mountain Biking, Hiking and Horseback Riding with Professional and Knowledgeable Guides. Half Day, Full Day, Multi Day and Combination Tours available.
Waterton Inter-Nation Cruise
Scenic boat cruises on Waterton Lake to the USA. View spectacular mountain scenery, waterfalls, the International Border, and wildlife along with informative commentary. There is also a water shuttle to Crypt Lake-a top rated hike in Canada.
Castle Mountain Ski Resort is one hour outside of Lethbridge and offers outstanding downhill and cross country skiing. It boasts nearly 3000' of verticle rise, six lifts, and 67 runs. The hill features include a freestyle terrain park, unlimited extreme "back-side" skiing with minimal ski out times, and a friendly, uncrowded atmosphere. Ammenities include child care, restaurants, bars, and lodging, right on the hill.
Fernie Alpine Resort is two hours from Lethbridge and offers some of the most outstanding skiing in the world. It boasts nearly 3000' of verticle rise, over 2500 acres of skiiable area, 10 lifts, 107 runs, 5 bowls, tree skiing, and an average of 30' of snow per season. The atmosphere is energetic, friendly, and uncrowded. Ammenities include everything you could possibly need, including multi-million dollar chalets for rent.
Waterton Lakes National Park / Glacier International Peace Park
1 1/2 hours southwest of Lethbridge
Originally named Kootenay Lakes Forest Park in 1895, it was established as Waterton Lakes National Park in 1932 and joined with Glacier National Park in Montana to become the world’s first International Peace Park. Enjoy the splendor of the Rocky Mountains; watch wildlife up close year round. Take a cruise on Waterton Lakes; hike the 200 km of first class trails; sit back and relax on the lake shore or cross country ski in the winter months. The park was also the second Canadian International Biosphere Reserve (1979) and designated as a World Heritage Site in 1995.
Crowsnest Pass & Pincher Creek
1 1/2 hours west of Lethbridge
View the breath-taking, majestic mountains and explore the many lakes and recreation areas located in the Crowsnest Pass. Skiing, snowmobiling, hiking and other outdoor activities await you. Explore miners’ actual working conditions with a tour of the Bellevue Mine. Visit the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre to see first hand the destruction caused on April 29, 1903, when 90 million tons of rock from Turtle Mountain cascaded down to cover the coal-mining town of Frank. The Oldman Dam and Recreation Area offers a multitude of facilities including campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails, beaches, and boat launches.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre
Less than 1 hour west of Lethbridge
Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981, this is the largest and best preserved buffalo jump in North America. The Interpretive Centre houses artifacts and displays which interpret the history of the buffalo jump; a self-guided tour will take you through 5,000 years of history. A view point and guided walks by native interpreters are available. This is a unique example of the communal way of hunting used by the Natives of the Great Plains of North America.
Remington Carriage Museum
Less than 1 hour south of Lethbridge
Chosen as “The Best Indoor Attraction in Canada” in a nation-wide competition sponsored by the Government of Canada, the Remington Carriage Museum houses the largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles in North America, with over 250 carriages, wagons and sleighs. The Carriage Association of America declares the Remington Museum to be “the most spacious and best equipped purpose-built carriage museum in the world”.
1/2 hour west of Lethbridge
In 1984, the Fort Macleod downtown area was declared the Province’s first historic district. The Fort Museum depicts the life in and around NWMP forts during the early settlement days of southern Alberta. During the months of July and August a Mounted Patrol Ride takes place daily. Take in a live theatre performance during the summer months at the historic Empress Theatre.
Devil's Coulee Dinosaur Heritage Museum
45 minutes south of Lethbridge
Visit the interpretive centre in Warner and take a guided tour to Devil’s Coulee and the egg site. Discovered in 1987, the site contains hadrosaur nests, eggs and embryos.
Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park - Áísínai’pi National Historic Site of Canada
1 1/2 hours southeast of Lethbridge
Near the Alberta-Montana border, Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park is a sacred landscape; a landscape of special spiritual significance to the Niitsítapi, or Blackfoot people. The park was established in 1957 to protect the living legacy of abundant First Nations carvings (petroglyphs) and paintings (pictographs) that cover its sheer sandstone cliffs. In the Niitsítapi language, this place is called “Áísínai’pi” which means, “it is pictured/written”.
On March.24, 2005, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, which contains the largest concentration of rock art images on the Great Plains, was designated Áísínai’pi National Historic Site of Canada. The park is also a unique environment of spectacular sandstone formations, riparian areas, and open grasslands along the meandering Milk River, an environment in which can be found rich animal and plant life.
Royal Tyrell Museum
3 hours northwest of Lethbridge
The dinosaur capital of North America, the town of Drumheller is home to the world-famous Royal Tyrrell Museum, the best Badlands scenery in the country, and the richest deposits of fossils and dinosaur bones in North America.