History makes its home in Lethbridge
From Edmonton: 4 hours 55 min
From Calgary: 2 hours 17 min
You can pass through most Prairie cities without ever learning how they came to be, but not Lethbridge. The Galt Museum & Archives and its collection of objects, photographs, artwork and audio recordings is the ideal place to start exploring the city’s omnipresent past. Then make your way to the west side and snap a few photos of the High Level Bridge. Leave the afternoon free for a self-guided walking tour of the historic downtown, renting an audio wand at the Galt.
Stay: Few properties tell a story like Charles Street B&B. The first residents to call the circa 1910, Victorian-style house their home were Albert Dieseth, general manager of the Citizens Lumber Company, and his wife, Annie. The Delaneys, of the eponymous meat market, lived there in the ’30s. Current owners Stacey and Tobiah Goldstein acquired the home in 2007, and with the help of Stacey’s parents, Joan and Ernie Kreeft, restored it and turned it into a three-guestroom bed-and-breakfast, artfully appointed with refurbished furniture, antiques and photos of Hollywood stars. Stay one night at Charles St. B&B and get one night free (weekdays only).
Eat: Bring out your inner epicurean at Umami Shop, an international food emporium in downtown Lethbridge stocked with everything from French macarons to British jellies. Stop by the lunch counter for a supremely delicious midday meal, or in the evening to take one of the quick-to-sell-out cooking classes.
The best thing we like about Lethbridge is the Lil’ Lemon cupcakes at Crazycakes. Mmmh, we can’t think of anything better than these moist cakes slathered with lemon buttercream. Save 10% on in-store baked goods.