Discover how to get to Lethbridge and then get around once you're in town. There are special sections for RVers, drivers of electric vehicles and cyclists.
Centrally located in Southern Alberta, Lethbridge is the hub to 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, thriving Food Trails, the Highway 3 Ale Trail, and is home to unique attractions, plenty of shopping and dining!
Before hitting the road to choose your own adventure, be sure to check out road conditions on Alberta 511 – especially if you’re heading into the mountains or driving in winter.
Now, let’s see where these open Alberta highways will take you!
Getting to Lethbridge — Driving
Crowsnest Highway #3 — West to East
HWY 3 through the Crowsnest Pass is the southern route between British Columbia and Alberta. HWY 3 connects with the Trans-Canada Highway 1 in Medicine Hat.
BC Border — 1 hour and 45 minutes
Crowsnest Pass (Frank Slide) — 1 and a half hours
Castle Mountain Resort (via HWY #507)— 1 and a half hours
Fort Macleod — 45 minutes
Medicine Hat – less than 2-hours
Dinosaur Provincial Park (via HWYs #36 and #544) — 2 hours
Highway 5 — South
Highway 5 heads southwest to the Canadian Rockies. Follow it past prairie vistas to mountain views (and literally through the hamlet of Mountain View!) and you’ll get to:
Cardston — under 1 hour
Waterton Lakes National Park — 1 hour and 45 minutes
Del Bonita border crossing — around 1 hour via HWY 62
Carway border crossing — around 1 hour via HWY 2
Highway 4 — South
Highway 4 heads southeast to the border crossing at Coutts, turning into the I-15 after Sweetgrass. At Milk River, we highly recommend a detour to one of the 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in our region: Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park.
Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park — An hour and 30 minutes
Coutts Border Crossing — 1 hour
Highway 2 — Queen Elizabeth II Highway — North
A part of the CANAMEX corridor, HWY 2 is the major north-south highway in Alberta and meets HWY 3 at Fort Macleod.
Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump — 45-minutes
Calgary — 2 hours
Banff and Lake Louise — 3 and a half hours via HWY 1
Edmonton — 5 hours
YQL — Lethbridge Airport
The Lethbridge Airport (YQL) is a quick 15-minute drive from the airport, located just south of the city, into downtown. Recently renovated, checking in and collecting your bags is very fast. You can fly to Calgary on WestJet.
Border Crossings Near Lethbridge
From what you can and can not bring to when the Border is opened and what to expect, crossing the border comes with many questions. We have you covered with our border crossing guide to help answer some of your questions and settle your nerves!
Travelling by RV
Did you know that Lethbridge, Alberta is the first city you'll hit when you cross the US-CAN border from Montana into Canada? So whether you're heading north to reach Banff, heading west from Medicine Hat and onto BC, or east from the Crowsnest Pass towards Saskatchewan, Lethbridge is a great place to refuel your vehicle and your spirits!
Getting Around Lethbridge
The Lethbridge Regional Park and Ride Parkade is the main hub for public transportation in the city. It's also a great place to park to explore Downtown Lethbridge.
For transit information on your phone, download the Lethbridge Transit app
Rent a Car in Lethbridge
If you fly into town and need to get around the city or explore our incredible region, these local car rental companies are here to help.
National Car Rental — offers pickup at Lethbridge Airport with prior notice
Cycling in Lethbridge
Lethbridge has some great cycling opportunities. Check out our in depth blog post and related videos about bikes and cycling.
The Peaks to Prairies initiative connects the Rocky Mountains to the prairies along Highway 3. With wind and solar energy, Southern Alberta is the heartland of alternative energy, and Lethbridge is at its hub.
Districts of Lethbridge
Along with a vibrant downtown core, there are 3 distinct areas of Lethbridge.
The South Side, which is everything south of Highway 3 and east of the coulees. This includes most major shopping areas (like Costco), most hotels and the downtown core.
Downtown Lethbridge is home to a variety of chain and local restaurants, both major art galleries (SAAG and Casa) and the Park Place Mall.
The North Side, which includes everything north of Highway 3 and east of the coulees.
13th St. N. is the heart of shopping and dining on the north side, and features a few unique restaurants and cafes, as well as some big-box retailers and grocers.
The West Side encompasses everything west of the coulees and the Oldman River. You'll find grocery stores and other shopping, as well as the YMCA at ATB Centre. The largest destination on the West Side is the University of Lethbridge. Visitors are welcome to explore the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery as well as its excellent sporting facilities like the Max Bell Aquatic Centre.
Like all of Lethbridge, you'll find great walking trails.