Today we visited several locations in Lethbridge AB. To get us started we went to the Lethbridge Visitor Centre.
We bought some T-Shirts, postcards and a hat pin. Outside of the visitor centre is a roadside attraction. The World’s Biggest Wind Gauge. Lethbridge is known for having a lot of wind, so this is a fitting attraction. There is a large wind farm just outside of the town. Sadly, the gauge does not work and the ball is welded to the ground.
We then went in search of the Water Tower Restaurant. This is an old municipal water tower that was re-purposed as a restaurant. It had not opened for business yet today, so we only got exterior photos. I am sure the view is nice.
The next stop on our tour is the Lethbridge High Level Bridge. This bridge is the largest railway structure in Canada. Constructed between 1907 and 1909.
We parked the car in the little parking lot beneath the trestle and no sooner had we gotten out of the car and we could hear a train approaching.
There is a little park and a dedication plaque. It is 3000 ft. long and 70 ft. high.
Nearby, there was a childs play area and one of the features to play on was this rattle snake. Hard to believe that Karen was brave enough to actually touch the snake. The tail would rattle if you spun it around and around.
Our next stop was Fort Whoop-Up, but unfortunately it was closed due to a flood that occurred a few weeks earlier.
Our next stop was the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. The Centre is being renovated and the interpretative center has been re-located into a temporary structure.
There were a few displays inside which we looked at, but then we went for a 1 km hike along the nature trails. It was a pleasant walk to the edge of the Oldman River. Along the way we saw this Robin that waited patiently for Karen to snap its picture.
This is the Oldman River as it meanders under the High Level Trestle.
On our return walk to the car we spotted this White Tailed Deer.
After leaving the nature centre we drove back into town and I looked for a high ridge that we could easily drive to where I could get a panoramic photo of the trestle bridge. Here is that panoramic shot.
Karen saw this sculpture, we have no idea what it is. I think it is what was left over after a tornado struck it.
We will be heading South tomorrow to visit a provincial park.
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