Summer in the City
Along with the warm summer weather comes a host of great events and activities across our amazing city that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors of all ages.
To make sure you can fully enjoy your summer in the city, we wanted to highlight our top 10 hidden Lethbridge gems. These fun (and often free) activities will help you embrace the amazing recreation, culture and nature our community has to offer.
Top 10 hidden gems in Lethbridge
- Disc Golf – The City of Lethbridge has two disc golf courses. These are free for anyone to use. All you need to do is grab a disc and come on out. Check out Lethbridge Sport Council to learn more about the sport including rules, equipment and technique.
Nicholas Sheran Park is home to a full 18-hole disc golf course built on over 100 acres of the park. Alberta Disc Golf says “its an awesome course with some monster holes with a total length of 2693 meters from the blue tees, making this the longest disc golf course in Canada.” Peenaquim Park is home to the City’s newest disc golf course which opened in 2021. This challenging 18-hole course is built over 62 acres and offers concreate tee pads with prodigy T2 champion level baskets.
- Living Roof – you may have visited the Helen Schuler Nature Centre in the past and likely strolled the beautiful river valley trails in the area but have you ever enjoyed the Alberta Real Estate Foundation Prairie Living Roof? Look up, way up and on the roof of the Nature Centre and you’ll find the Living Roof. This picturesque spot is free to the public during Nature Centre hours. It boasts the best view of the High Level Bridge and a stunning vista of the river valley. Learn about prairie plants or just relax, surrounded by glorious nature.
- Upside Downtown Concerts and Art – be sure to head down to Rotary Square at Casa every Thursday night from 5-7 p.m. starting July 6. Upside Downtown are free events featuring music and art taking place all summer long. While you’re there, check out the Casa galleries that are also free of charge.
- Bocce Ball & Horseshoes - Did you know Redwood Park in south Lethbridge is home to four bocce ball courts as well as horseshoe pits? These are available free of charge and don’t need to be pre-booked. If you’re serious about horseshoes, book the Henderson Park Horseshoe Pits for a fun social gathering. This fenced space has lots of amenities including 12 horseshoe pits, commercial barbeque, cooler, electric oven, water and tables and seating for 60!
- Spray parks – a summertime favourite, enjoying one of the City’s four spray parks/fountains is a great way for families to beat the heat. Free facilities are available at Legacy Spray Park, Galt Gardens Rotary Centennial Fountain and Gyro Spray Park behind Nicolas Sheran Pool. The Rotary Spray Park is also available with admission to Henderson Outdoor Pool.
- Picnic shelters – Spending time with family and friends is one of the best ways to enjoy summer so why not gather your crew at one of the City’s picnics shelters? There are nine bookable shelters for rent across the city with various amenities at each and four no-cost, first-come-first-serve spaces. These are great options for family reunions, outdoor weddings and other celebrations.
- Public Art – Lethbridge’s public art is a vital part of our community culture, creating vibrancy and interest in public spaces. Free and accessible for all to enjoy, check out the public art maps online and tour through the city taking in these creative spaces. You can also take the kids out on a public art scavenger hunt using the Kids Map of Lethbridge, courtesy of Lethbridge Plays.
- History and Beer Tours – For the adults in the crowd, the Downtown BRZ’s History and Beer Tour is a fun way to socialize and explore our Downtown while learning about the featured brews as well as interesting facts about our city’s storied past. Be sure to grab some tickets for the next event on June 17.
- Fishing – For the anglers out there, we have plenty of places to cast a line. Visit Henderson Lake, Nicholas Sheran Park and William Pearce Park (Riverstone) for the chance to catch a variety of fish. At the various locations you may find Trout, Pike, Walleye, Perch and Whitefish. Those looking for river fishing, Botterill Bottom Park, Popson Park and Indian Battle Park all offer excellent fishing locations to access the Old Man River. You might even land yourself a giant Sturgeon. Remember to get your fishing license and abide by the Alberta Fishing Regulations.
- Heritage Day 2023 – This free family event is held in Galt Gardens to celebrate the Heritage Day long weekend. Hosted by the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association (SAEA), this year’s event will be held on Monday, August 7 with performances, bouncy castles, food vendors and more. Check out the SAEA Facebook page for more details.