• Lethbridge became a city on May 9, 1906.
• The height of the CP Rail High-Level Bridge is 95.7 meters.
• Lethbridge is one of only a few cities its size with two post-secondary institutions – Lethbridge College and University of Lethbridge.
• Agriculture is the main industry in southern Alberta and plays an important role in the city’s retail, wholesale and service sectors.
• Lethbridge provides a central location from which to see some of the most spectacular attractions and scenery that Alberta has to offer: www.exploresouthwestalberta.ca.
• Lethbridge offers more than 70 parks, 140 km of walking and running trails, playgrounds and sports fields throughout the city.
What is Lethbridge’s climate like?
Lethbridge has a moderate continental climate with warm summers and mild winters due to Chinook winds. Lethbridge and southwest
Alberta also receives one of the highest amounts of sunshine in the country. A steady westerly breeze keeps the air fresh and the sky clear. Contrary to popular belief, Lethbridge is not the windiest city in Canada. According to Environment Canada, Lethbridge ranks eighth overall for the windiest city. Temperatures in Lethbridge can fluctuate quite dramatically with the effects of the Chinook winds.
Lethbridge is not all dry prairie, we get just enough moisture to green the coulees (the Oldman River Valley) and allow for thick urban forests of poplar, elm, and birch to grow.
Average Annual Snowfall = 130.5 cm (51.4 inches)
Average Annual Rainfall = 271.1 mm (10.7 inches)
Average Annual hours of bright sunshine = 2,506 (1971-2000 period)
Lethbridge is intersected by the Oldman River and unique coulee formations, the valley of which has been turned into one of the largest urban park systems in North America at 755 hectares (1,865 acres) of protected land.
Elevation = 914 m or 2998 ft
Latitude = 49.7 degrees north
Longitude = -112.8 degrees east
Land Area = 124.3 km2
The City of Lethbridge maintains over 130 parks and natural areas that offer many benefits to residents – they connect us to our past, help to keep us healthy, make us happy and are good for the environment. Parks spaces remain among Lethbridge’s most utilized public spaces and facilities. Data gathered for the City’s 2013 Recreation and Culture Master Plan found that
over three-quarters of households reported having visited Indian Battle Park, with over half having visited Galt Gardens and nature reserve parks in the City. Nearly half of households reported visiting the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden and approximately one-third of residents reported using off-leash dog parks. Residents also enjoy a number of amenities that exist in various park spaces in the City. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of households reported having used a picnic shelter in Lethbridge at least once in the previous year.