Southwest Alberta is home to some of the most unique cultural experiences in Canada.
Lethbridge is home to the Galt Museum, which houses several permanent exhibits and displays allowing young and old to see, hear, touch and feel history; Helen Schuler Nature Centre nestled in the Oldman River Valley gives visitors a chance to experience nature firsthand; step back into life in a frontier outpost at Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site in Indian Battle Park; and Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden's dry rock garden, streams, bridges and a waterfall on the west end of Henderson Lake Park offer an oasis in the city.
Attractions and family fun outside of the city appeal to all ages. Fort Macleod's Empress Theatre has held on to much of its 1912 character such as neon tulips on the ceiling and autographs on the dressing room walls. Coaldale's Alberta Birds of Prey Centre is Canada's largest birds of prey facility. Heritage Acres is a working agricultural museum northeast of Pincher Creek, off Highway 3, on secondary Highway 785. Over at the Prairie Tractor and Engine site one mile south of Picture Butte on Highway 843, more than 100 machines including antique tractors, combines, binders, threshers and numerous kinds of beet and cultivating equipment are on display.
Get lost in a corn field with help from two area corn mazes. Robinpick Berry Farm's seven-acre corn maze north of Lethbridge (RR 224 between Hwy. 519 and Township Rd 10-4) is open July 27-Oct. 27. Blue Sky Corn Maze located just off Highway 3 east of Coaldale is open from the last Friday of July to the last Saturday in October.
Arts abound with comedy, drama, music, dance and more offered annually in live theatre productions in the region.
If sports are more your thing, southern Alberta is a golf mecca, offering scenic and enjoyable courses for all levels of play. Most small towns and rural areas offer great destination golf. Live horse-racing action at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club at Whoop-Up Downs in Lethbridge runs from May-June and September-October. The club is located right next door to Lethbridge Exhibition Park. Lethbridge's 18-hole disc golf course is free, always accessible and guaranteed way to entertain the family for the afternoon. Located within Nicholas Sheran Park on the city's west side, the disc golf course consists of 18 holes, each with a basket-like target. That's not to mention the summer highlights of the dragonboat festival, Whoop-Up Days, Street Machine Weekend and Alberta International Air Show.