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Lethbridge, Alberta, CanadaHelen Schuler Coulee Centre - Learn about the fascinating prairie environment, from cacti to cottonwoods, at this urban nature centre. set in 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. Open year round. Location: West of Indian Battle Park, at 3rd Ave and Scenic Dr. S. Admission: Free. Phone: (403) 320-3064.
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden - A symbol of Japanese-Canadian friendship, the garden blends ancient Oriental designs with a modern day Canadian prairie setting. Rocks, trees and shrubs are planned to promote tranquility and contemplation. View the traditional pavilion with its tea ceremony room, the dry garden, bell tower and pagoda, and enjoy a peaceful stroll. Open: May 16-June 30, daily 9 am-5 pm; July 1-Sept. 1, daily 9 am-8 pm; Sept. 2-Sept. 30, daily 9 am-5 pm; winter (closed for season). Location: 7th Ave and Mayor Magrath Dr. in Henderson Lake Park. Admission charged. Children (under 12): Free. Phone: (403) 328-3511.
Fort Whoop-Up - Located on the site of the last Indian battle of North America, Fort Whoop-Up is a reconstruction of Southern Alberta's first and most notorious whisky trading post. The fort brings southern Alberta's early history alive through displays, audio-visual presentations and guided tours. Open year-round, May 16-Sept. 1, Mon-Sat 10 am-6 pm, Sun noon-6 pm; winter Tues.-Fri. 10 am-4 pm, Sun 1 pm-4 pm, Closed Mon and Sat. Location: Indian Battle Park in Lethbridge. Admission charged. Phone: (403) 329-0444. Fax: (403) 329-0645
Sir Alexander Galt Museum - Highlights from coal mining days, irrigation, post-war immigration, artifacts from a second world war prisoner-of-war camp. Open year-round. Location: W end of 5th Ave S. Admission: By donation. Phone: (403) 320-3898.
Agriculture Centre - Agriculture Canada's largest research center outside of Ottawa. Eastern edge of Lethbridge on 1st Avenue S. Phone: (403) 327-4561
Henderson Lake Park - Features the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens, golf course, campgrounds, baseball stadium, tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, a rose garden and demonstration garden, and a 60-acre man-made lake with boat rental, concessions, picnic area, and playground. Year-round attractions include an ice center, a variety of trails, and an orienteering course. Located on Mayor Magrath Dr. and South Parkside Dr. Phone: (403) 320-3020 or 320-3009.
High Level Bridge - (CPR) Built in 1909, this is the longest and highest bridge of its type of construction in the world. Extends over 1.6 km (1 mi.) across the coulees to Lethbridge. Height: 97 meters.
Indian Battle Park - Named after the last great Indian battle fought there between the Blackfoot and the Cree nations in 1870, the park contains a replica of Fort Whoop-Up. Located in the river valley on W side of Lethbridge.
Southern Alberta Art Gallery -Contemporary and historical exhibition programs in visual arts. Admission: Free. Located at 601- 3rd Ave S. Phone: (403) 327-8770.
St. Mary Dam - One of the largest earth-filled dams, provides irrigation for some 410,000 acres of previously arid grassland, Located: 25 miles. SW of Lethbridge on Hwy. 5 along St. Mary River.
The Brewery Gardens - A beautiful display of rock gardens and thousands of vividly colored flowers which change seasonally. Located on Brewery Hill and 1st Ave on the western approach to Lethbridge.
University of Lethbridge - Enjoy an art gallery, aquatic center, visual art study center performing arts centre, experimental theatre and recital hall which feature regular performances. Tours available. Located in West Lethbridge. Phone: (403) 329-2111
Park Lake Provincial Park - A irrigation reservoir, built in 1929, gave this area N of Lethbridge lush growth. Day area with beach concession, bicycle and canoe rentals and a boat launch. Location: 17 km (10.2 mi.) NW of Lethbridge on Hwy. 25, W and N on Sec. Rd. 101. Phone: (403) 381-5745