Beyond Lethbridge — Day Trippin’ - Affordable hotels, deliciously diverse restaurants, indulgent amenities — Lethbridge is a great place to hang your hat as you day trip around Southern Alberta.

You’ve experienced the
Japanese Garden and all the unique Lethbridge shopping and you’re wondering what’s next. It’s time to hop in your car and daytrippin’.

Lethbridge is perfectly positioned to the big regional sites while giving you options in accommodation, dining and amenities you won’t find anywhere else!

Itinerary 1 - To the South East (Half Day)

Itinerary 2- Waterton (Full Day)

People on the Crypt Lake Hike in Waterton Lakes National Park 
Itinerary 3- To the Mountains (Full Day)

People hiking at frank Slide in the Crowsnest pass

Itinerary 4- History (Half Day)

From dinosaur fossils to landscapes left from prehistoric lakes, here’s an easy outing that introduces the otherworldly Canadian Badlands! Highway 4 takes you from Lethbridge back in time to the Dinosaur Coulee Museum in Warner. Keep going to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. You’ll learn about Blackfoot culture as you witness petroglyphs and pictographs thousands of years old. Return to Lethbridge for a meal with a view at the Water Tower Grill. Get closer than you ever imagined to Alberta’s birds of prey. A quick 15 minutes drive from the Casino in Lethbridge, the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre lets you get up-close to these awe-inspiring creatures while protecting them for all.

Leave the hordes of tourists behind and experience the Alberta Rockies the right way at Waterton Lakes National Park. Grab some picnic fixins’ before you head out then drive Highway 5 to Waterton and a day that could include a scenic boat cruise, scrumptious high tea at the historic Prince of Whales Hotel with an Alpine view or a hike through mountain splendour. There’s plenty of beach in town for your picnic. Head back to Lethbridge and relax in your hotel’s hot tub.

Optional: On your way there, stop at the utterly unique Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston!

Hikers rejoice! National Geographic named the trail to Crypt Lake one of the World’s Most Thrilling Hikes. Get ready for a natural rock tunnel, skinny rock ledges and views all day long. This challenging hike will take the day but give you serious bragging rights!

To the Mountains (Full Day) Head West on HWY 3 for a full day of history and natural splendour in the historic Crowsnest Pass. One option takes it slow with a stop at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek before carrying on to gorgeous Lundbreck Fall just off of Highway 3. Next up, historic Bellevue Mines for an underground mine tour. Then be awestruck at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre marking the site of Canada’s deadliest Rockslide. Finally, head out for a pleasant stroll along the old miners’ trail — look up to see where the miners’ used to hang their lanterns in the treetops.

Need more adventure in “the Pass”? Great hiking abound! Challenge yourself with an almost 1 km vertical gain on the hike to Turtle Mountain’s summit. You’ll get a new perspective on the tragic Frank rock slide and inspiring views. Good hiking boots and experience are a must!

History (Half Day) It’s a musical history tour! History buffs will love this tour — head west on Highway 3 to Fort Macleod and the Fort Museum. There, spend a couple of hours learning about the Northwest Mounted Police and First Nations of Southern Alberta in the re-creation of the Fort that was built in 1974. Next, it’s a short drive to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. One of the world's oldest and best-preserved buffalo jumps, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is simply incredible! Learn about Blackfoot culture and history and walk the trails for great views. Finish off your day back in Lethbridge at the Galt Museum.

Hotels Waterslides, indoor pools, pet-friendly rooms, complimentary breakfast, and beautiful indoor courtyards, Lethbridge’s many hotels have something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a luxury spa stay or a more budget-friendly place to rest your head — check out Lethbridge’s Post-secondary institutions for great budget-friendly options — you’ll be able to stay and play in Lethbridge!

Two girls watching the historic Musical Ride at the Fort Museum in Fort Macleod