Lethbridge Parks & Gardens
The Cornmaze at Robinpick Berry Farm is created in seven acres of eight feet tall corn. This giant puzzle takes about an hour or longer to complete. It's open the from the first Saturday in August to the end of October, from Monday through Saturdays from 10am to 9pm. There is also a petting zoo, strawberries and pumpkins on the farm.
Located in the river bottom (near Fort Whoop Up) is this 200-acre Lethbridge Nature Reserve. The centre includes self-guided nature walks and seasonal hands-on displays promoting nature appreciation. Open year round.
Opened in 1987, Pavan Park is located at the north edge of Lethbridge and features a variety of recreational opportunities. Park attractions found here include the John Martin Recreation Area, Madame Jeanne Sauve Picnic Area, Pavan Equestrian Area and many trails.
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden
Designed in the early 1960s by renowned Japanese landscape artist Dr. Tadashi Kubo, the garden stands as a monument to the Japanese Canadians who endured the government enforced relocation of British Columbiaís Japanese Canadians in 1942. The 4 acre garden opened on July 3, 1966, with the grand opening held on July 14, 1967. In attendance were Prince and Princess Takamatsu, the brother and sister-in-law of Japanís Emperor Hirohito. A meandering path joins five traditional Japanese Garden styles, combining trees, shrubs, rocks, waterfalls, ponds and bridges to create vistas of unparalleled beauty. The sound of a thrumming waterfall invites the visitor deep into the Garden. The Pavilion, patterned after 16th century architecture, houses a number of art and cultural exhibits throughout the season. Tours of the Garden are available, lead by hostesses dressed in traditional yukatas.
This park encompasses 97 hectares (240 acres) of land that is used for archery, target shooting and for playing softball.
Botterill Bottom Park
This park provides the portage route for access around the weir in the Oldman River and measures 80 hectares (200 acres) in size.
Cottonwood Park encompasses 43.7 hectares (108 acres) of land and was named after the nearby cottonwood forest. Visitors here will find views of the river valley, Milk River Ridge, Chief Mountain and the old narrow gauge incline railway bed. Some of the wildlife that can be viewed here includes deer, red foxes, woodpeckers and more.
This large, open flood plain area measures 133 hectares (329 acres) in size and is named after a local family that has been in Lethbridge since 1886. The Oldman River Observatory is located in the park and visitors will also find a picnic and tenting area.
The centerpiece of downtown, Galt Gardens was named after the original founders of the City of Lethbridge. It is often used as the city's public square and features tall stately trees, colourful flower beds and manicured lawns. Many local events and celebrations are held here.
Indian Battle Park
Park is located in the Oldman River Valley and features open spaces and opportunities for recreational activities. Enjoy hiking, jogging, picnicking and visiting interpretative sites. Park was the setting for a battle fought in 1870 between the Cree and Blackfoot tribes.
Elizabeth Hall Wetlands
Animal lovers will delight in the wildlife that can be viewed at this 15 hectare (36 acre) nature reserve. Views of cattails, muskrats, beavers and turtles can be seen as well as songbirds, diving beetles, dragonflies, fisher spiders and more.
Nicholas Sheran Park
Visitors here will find a lake, walking trails, an eighteen-hole disc golf course, a playground area and a picnic facility.
Henderson Park offers walking paths, gardens, picnic areas, horseshoe pits and other recreation sites and activities. A lake on-site provides boating and fishing opportunities.
Alexander Wilderness Park
This park was originally named after Lethbridge's first dairy farmer and original settler of the land, Lorenzo Alexander and opened in 1986. The 42 hectare (104 acre) floodplain offers three walking trails through various nature areas. Visitors will have opportunities to view wildlife such as the American White Pelican.