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About Lethbridge



Population:
89,000 (City of Lethbridge); 275,000 (Lethbridge Trading Area)


Ideal Geographic Location: 
Located at the  crossroads of four major highways; Alberta’s closest city to the US border and I-90 (an hour’s drive); 45-minute flight or 2-hour drive from Calgary.


Low Cost of Living: 
In a study of 14 American and Canadian cities, Lethbridge ranked No. 1 for lowest cost of living at five income levels ranging from  $40,000-$150,000.


Cost of Doing Business:
A 2002 KPMG study of  more than 100 cities in nine developed nations (including the US) rated Lethbridge as No.7 for lowest  cost of doing business.


Small Business Activity:
Lethbridge has been ranked No.7 for growth in small business payroll enterprises in a 2003 BMO study of smaller Canadian urban centres.


Lethbridge Business Investment Profile 2005/2006 (PDF)


Advanced Education:
At the Lethbridge Community College and University of Lethbridge, the post-secondary student population is about 14,000.

• The U of L Faculty of Management is Alberta’s largest business school.
• A new Life Sciences Research complex at the U of L houses Canada’s leading neuroscience    research group.
• LCC was Canada’s first public community college.
• In 2000, 96% of LCC grads found employment  within months of graduating.
• The College offers training in more than 70 diverse career areas.


The  Alberta  Advantage:
• No municipal business tax or payroll tax.

• The only province in Canada with no provincial sales tax.
• Alberta provincial personal income tax is a flat tax of 10% and is the lowest in Canada.


The Arts:
• The U of L boasts a $22 million performing arts centre and has one of Canada’s finest collections of Canadian and international art.
• The Southern Alberta Art Gallery is an internationally recognized contemporary gallery.

• Lethbridge is home to a symphony orchestra, four local theatre groups and a 500-seat downtown theatre.


Parks, Recreation and Nature:
• Lethbridge has over 70 parks and playgrounds totaling 4300 acres and more than 60 kilometers (38 miles) of trails.
• The city also has five indoor pools, including an Olympic-sized swimming and diving facility, six ice arenas, a curling club, an indoor soccer facility, many baseball diamonds, five golf courses within city limits, and a climbing centre.
• The beautiful Oldman River runs through Lethbridge; most of the river valley is parkland with developed trails.
• Lethbridge is just over an hour’s drive to the Rocky Mountains and the stunning Waterton National Park. Castle Mountain ski resort is a 90-minute drive from Lethbridge.


Note worthy Local sites

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Bridgeview R.V. Resort 
403.381.2357
http://www.holidaytrailsresorts.com 

Chinook Country Tourist Association 
1.800.661.1222
ccta@telusplanet.net 
http://www.chinookcountry.com 

Crowsnest   Highway 3 Attractions 
1.800.661.1222
info@highway3.ca 
http://www.highway3.ca 

Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Centre 
403.329.0444
info@fortwhoopup.com 
http://www.fortwhoopup.com 

Henderson Lake Campground 
403.328.5452
h-and-i@shaw.ca 
http://holidaytrailsresorts.com 

Lethbridge   & District Exhibition 
403.328.4491
darren@exhibitionpark.ca 
http://www.exhibitionpark.ca

Lethbridge   Convention & Visitors Bureau 
403.331.0022
doug@lethbridgecvb.com  
http://www.lethbridgecvb.com 

Lethbridge   Twinning Society 
403.394.5622
hcbmkwaq@telusplanet.net 
http://www.telusplanet.net/public/hcbmkwaq/welcome.htm 

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden 
403.328.3511
info@nikkayuko.com 
http://www.nikkayuko.com 

Paradise Canyon Golf Resort 
403.381.4653 Ext. 31
golf@paradisegolfresort.com 
http://www.paradisegolfresort.com 

Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives 
403.320.3898
museum@city.lethbridge.ab.ca  
http://www.galtmuseum.com

Source
Economic Development Lethbridge 
200, 817 4 Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB
T1J 0P3



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