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Overview of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Lethbridge is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is Alberta`s fourth largest city by population after Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer. It is located near the Canadian Rockies and is 210 km southeast of Calgary.

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  • Population: 78,713 (2006)
  • Population Density: 607.0 /km²
  • Area: 127.19 km²
  • Latitude: 49°41? N
  • Longitude: 112°49? W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Time Zone: Mountain
  • Language: English
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History of Lethbridge, Alberta

Lethbridge developed from drift mines opened by Nicholas Sheran (1874) and the North Western Coal and Navigation Company (1882), whose president was William Lethbridge. The first rail line was built in Lethbridge, being completed 28 August 1885 by the Alberta Railway and Coal Company. Because of the rail industry`s dependence of coal and the CPR`s immigration efforts to settle southern Alberta, Lethbridge became instrumental in the economic success of the region.

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Lethbridge's Demographics

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Lethbridge's Climate

Lethbridge has a continental climate with an average maximum temperature of 12.3 °C (54.14 °F). With roughly 2400 hours of sunshine per year, Lethbridge is one of the sunniest cities in Canada. Lethbridge winters have the highest temperatures in the prairies. Its relatively mild winters are a result of the close proximity to the Rocky Mountains--is protected from strong northwest and southwest winds, often associated with blizzard conditions. High elevation (928.70 m) and frequent chinooks.

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Education in Lethbridge, Alberta

Lethbridge is home to the University of Lethbridge, founded in 1967. Lethbridge Community College, founded in 1957, was the first public college in the country. The post secondary student population in the city is approximately 15,000 at both the University of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Community College. Elementary and secondary schools are administered in Lethbridge by the public Lethbridge School District and the Catholic Holy Spirit Division.

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Transportation around Lethbridge, Alberta

Transit in Lethbridge consists of 36 buses covering most of the city on over a dozen routes. Traditionally, all bus routes in the city started and ended downtown. In the early 21st century, however, cross-town and shuttle routes have been introduced. The bus system is managed by Lethbridge Transit.

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Tourism and Attractions of Lethbridge

There are many attractions and things to do and see around Lethbridge. Visit the Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives, some say it's haunted. Take a walk in the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. With great accommodations and dining experiences, you'll be sure to enjoy your visit to Lethbridge.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Lethbridge
  • Barons
  • Picture Butte
  • Iron Springs
  • Shaughnessy
  • Nobleford
  • Monarch
  • Coalhurst
  • Diamond City
  • Coaldale
  • Stirling
  • Wellig
  • Raymond
  • Magrath
  • New Dayton
  • Spring Coulee
  • Fort Macleod
  • Taber
  • Barnwell
  • Stand Off
  • Cranford
  • Turin
  • Granum
  • Claresholm
  • Cardston
  • Glenwood

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Geography of Lethbridge, Alberta

Lethbridge is split into three geographical areas: north, south and west. West Lethbridge is separated from the other two by the Oldman River. North and South Lethbridge are separated by the Crowsnest Highway and the CPR rail line.

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Lethbridge's Government

Lethbridge is governed by a Mayor and eight Councillors, elected for a term of three years. The position of Mayor and Council member are at-large elections, meaning that each person elected represents the City as a whole and not a particular ward or section of the City.

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Lethbridge's Economy and Industry

Lethbridge is the commercial, distribution, financial and industrial centre of southern Alberta (although Medicine Hat plays a significant role in southeastern Alberta). Lethbridge's top industry sectors are health and education services, wholesale and retail trade, hospitality and food services and construction.

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Lethbridge's Culture and Significant Events

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Sports in Lethbridge, Alberta

The Lethbridge Bulls belong to the Western Major Baseball League and the Lethbridge Hurricanes that belong to the Western Hockey League. In 1997, the 58,000 square foot Lethbridge Soccer Centre was built and added two regulation size indoor soccer pitches to the complex. Lethbridge is 150 km east of the popular Castle Mountain ski resort. It is also home to three golf courses, including the award-winning Paradise Canyon Golf Resort.

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Media of Lethbridge

The Lethbridge Herald is a daily newspaper published in Lethbridge, the Southern Sun Times is a weekly newspaper that is also published in Lethbridge. Lethbridge also has several AM and FM radio stations that include everything from country to talk radio.

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