Helen Schuler Nature Centre
The conservation area of Helen Schuler Nature Centre is the ideal spot to learn about the river valley and meet some of the animals that live there. Even better, this urban escape is only 5 minutes from downtown! Stop by for superb programming, or just pop in to the centre for displays and advice on how to explore naturally. Their rooftop garden provides a riot of colours, scents and views of the High-Level Bridge.
One big reason Lethbridge is such a liveable city and such a breath of fresh air for visitors is all the parks! So whether you’re exploring the coulees or wandering some of the 200 km of trails connecting the city to nature, it’s time to get outside.
Indian Battle Park
Indian Battle Park commemorates the last battle fought between the Blackfoot and Cree Nations in October of 1870. Access to this historic site is easy thanks to its proximity to downtown and major roads. Enjoy 5.0 km of river-bottom trails, a natural playground, and several picnic areas — both booked and drop-in options are available. It’s also home to the Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Centre. Stop for a picnic, explore for hours!
At the northern edge of the city, Pavan Park delivers 125 hectares of birdsong, river paths and magnificent nature. You’ll find 10 km of walking and hiking trails, plus playgrounds, horseshoe pits, picnic areas, volleyball and equestrian trails. Pavan Park is a natural escape without travelling far!
You’ll find Lethbridge’s newest park on the north side of the city as well. Burn off steam in the playgrounds, challenge course and over 6 km of paved and natural trails. Get competitive on the many pickleball courts, enjoy a game of basketball or challenge the skateboard park. Or relax at one of the picnic shelters. Legacy Park delivers hours of family fun.
Henderson Lake Park
With its 24-hectare constructed lake, Henderson Lake is one of Lethbridge’s oldest and grandest outdoor spaces. Groves of mature trees offer shade, while picnic shelters, playgrounds and over 7 km of pathways keep families entertained. The park is also close to Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens, Spitz Stadium, and Exhibition Park.
Nicholas Sheran Park
This is one of Lethbridge’s largest parks. Enjoy a beautiful constructed lake, a great pathway system, and Canada’s longest disk golf course. Families will appreciate the large playground, fitness equipment, an edible orchard, and a small picnic shelter. The park is also home to Nicholas Sheran Leisure Centre with its ice rinks and pool.
The Oldman River, flat prairies, views of the stunning coulees — Popson Park is bursting with nature in every corner. This epic, wild park offers a boat launch, covered picnic shelters provide for social events and the only off-leash dog park on the West Side. This is also home to the Oldman River Observatory.
Named for its extensive cottonwood forest, Cottonwood Park is one of Lethbridge’s City Preservation Areas. Visitors will appreciate the natural grasslands, coulees, and forests. It’s also a natural habitat for prairie wildlife species, including the Prairie Rattlesnake. Like Pavan and Popson parks, this is nature in its purest!
When the weather gets cooler and the snow begins to fall, it is time to get out and hit the hills or the ice!
Is there anything better than skating on a freshly frozen lake — Luckily in Lethbridge we have more than a handful of lakes. When the weather gets cold it is time to grab your skates and hit the ice!
Hills are in no shortage of hills in Lethbridge — so grab your sleds, friends and family and head out for some winter fun!