Take a Hike
The Oldman River Valley is 300 feet below the flat land surounding Lethbridge. In the hot dry southern exposures, you may study rattlesnakes sunning themselves. The deep valley afforded winter protection to the Blackfoot people who wintered here in bison skin tipis. The deep river gorge exposed layers of coal, a fossil fuel. For flora, fauna, archeology, there is none better than the Oldman River valley.
- Historical Travel
- Budget Travel
Fort Mc Leod - Archaeological site
Head-smashed-in buffalo jump is an archaeological site which is very interesting and it has an excellent museum right near the site.
A buffalo jump is a steep slope where the native inhabitants used to chase the buffalo towards, so they would jump over the slope to a certain death.
The museum reconstructs the history of the hunt for buffalo, the dig uncovering the site, the history of the Blackfoot indians in the area.
Located 18 km north & west of Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada at a place where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meet the great plains, one of the world's oldest, largest and best preserved buffalo jump is known to exist -- Head-Smashed-In. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, Head-Smashed-In has been used continuously by aboriginal peoples of the plains for more than 5,500 years.
Why is this place a World Heritage Site?
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is known around the world as a remarkable testimony of prehistoric life. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump bears witness to a custom practiced by native people of the North American plains for nearly 6000 years.
Thanks to their excellent understanding of topography and of bison behavior, they killed bison by chasing them over a precipice and subsequently carving up the carcasses in the camp below.
In 1981, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated the jump as a World Heritage Site placing it among other world attractions such as the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge and the Galapagos Islands. For more information, consult www.unesco.org
- Museum Visits
Well, if you already find yourself in Lethbridge, then you might as well drive the extra 1&1/2 hours to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, 'cause there's not a whole lot to detain you in the city. See my Writing-on-Stone travel page for details about this natural wonder.
- Hiking and Walking
Nikka Yuko Japanese garden
A symbol of friendship between the city of Lethbridge and its Japanese sister city. Unlike the "traditional" garden, a Japanese garden is more a place of quiet relaxation and contemplation. Landscape is arranged to provide harmony between different elements in nature. There is a Japanese rock garden, with rocks representing island and white gravel drawn with wavy patterns representing water. There was also a reproduction of a Japanese tea room and a hostess garbed in a kimono is available to give you a tour. The themes here are simplicity and harmony.
We weren't greatly impressed, but if you _must_ see something... :)
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