Lethbridge is one of the sunniest and warmest cities in Canada with close to 2400 hours of sunshine per year. It is also the frequent beneficiary of a phenomenon called the chinook, a warm west wind providing above freezing breaks throughout winter. Spring arrives here weeks before it does in Calgary.
86,000 (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)
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 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
Chinook Country Tourist Association
Crowsnest Highway 3 Attractions
Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Centre
Henderson Lake Campground
Lethbridge & District Exhibition
Lethbridge Convention & Visitors Bureau
Lethbridge Twinning Society
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden
Paradise Canyon Golf Resort
403.381.4653 Ext. 31
Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives
Economic Development Lethbridge
200, 817 4 Avenue South