About Lethbridge

Lethbridge is the fourth largest city in Alberta, the largest city in Southern Alberta and home to almost 90 000 residents.  The city is divided into three main areas: North Lethbridge, South Lethbridge and West Lethbridge.   The city is distinguished by the coulees along the Oldman River and the picturesque High Level Bridge. 

Historically, several First Nations people lived around the Lethbridge area and in 1869 it became known as ‘Fort Whoop-Up’, a whiskey trading post.  In the late 19th century, Lethbridge’s economy became centered on coal mining, followed by  agriculture, which continues to be one of the primary industries in the area.  The economy in Lethbridge continues to grow and diversify.


The city has a wide range of shopping and services a range of schools, including The Lethbridge College and The University of Lethbridge.  Local attractions include the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens, Galt Museum and Archives, The Helen Schuler Coulee Centre.  Lethbridge also benefits from its’ close proximity to Calgary, Banff and Waterton Lakes National Park.  There is a wide variety of recreational opportunities in the city including several golf courses, swimming pools, ice rinks, playgrounds and 16 square kilometers of parks along the Oldman River, making it the third largest urban park system in Canada.