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ACCESSIBILITY:

Proximity:  
   - 1 hour from major Port of Entry at Coutts / Sweetgrass
   - Local trading area of approximately 275,000
   - Closer to U.S. markets than Calgary (2 hrs), and Edmonton (5 hrs)
Highway Infrastructure:
   - City bypass access to two major highways
   - At the junction of 3 major highways (3,4,5)
   - 2011 completion of the Alberta portion of the CANAMEX corridor
Time Zone:
   - Located in the Mountain Standard Time Zone
   - Extended service day to Eastern customers

TRANSPORTATION:

Air Service:
The Lethbridge County Airport is conveniently located on highway 5 two kilometres south of the City of Lethbridge and approximately 10 minutes from the city centre.  There are 13 commercial scheduled flights per day provided by Air Canada Jazz, Integra Air and Regional 1.
Road Systems:
Lethbridge is served by excellent provincial highways.  To the north, Calgary & Edmonton are two and five-hour drives respectively via highway 2.  Only one hour to the south lies Alberta's major port of entry to the United States.  This 24-hour border crossing at Coutts links Lethbridge and Alberta's Export highway with U.S. Interstate #15.  Highway 3 is a major east-west traffic route linking Lethbridge with Vancouver to the west, and eastern centres through Medicine Hat where it joins the Trans Canada highway.  Lethbridge has over a dozen trucking firms offering local, provincial, national, and international freight services.  Lethbridge's roadway network is one of the best maintained roadway systems in Alberta.  The network included a major freeway section through the centre of the city, providing excellent access to all parts of the community.

CLIMATE / GEOGRAPHY:

Lethbridge has a moderate continental climate with warm winters and mild summers.  This moderation is heavily influenced by Chinook winds which occur on average 11 times throughout the year.  The area also enjoys one of the highest amounts of sunshine in the country, approximately 2,400 hours per year.  Proximity to the mountains usually protects Lethbridge from the influence of strong northwest and southwest winds which are associated with blizzard conditions.  A comparatively high elevation of the city combined with Chinook conditions, results in a reduction of severity and duration of winter cold periods and alleviates the extreme summer heat.  Lethbridge enjoys the highest winter and annual mean temperatures on the prairies, yet is slightly cooler than many southern prairie locations during the summer.  The relative dryness makes for comfortable living conditions.  Contrary to popular belief, Lethbridge does not rank in the top five in Canada for wind speed, although the occasional peak gust can be gauged at 122 km/hr.   Average Maximum Temperature = 12.1.

COST OF LIVING:

Lethbridge is well-known for its lifestyle advantages.  For example, the city consistently achieves a high ranking in third-party cost of living studies.  Comparatively low rental rates and housing prices are major contributors to this cost advantage, adding to the attraction of Lethbridge for investors and residents alike.

HOUSING:

One of the city's most attractive features is the selection and outstanding value of housing choices, including impressive new designs in exclusive neighbourhoods, affordable starter homes and older stately properties.  Prices for lots and finished homes are low compared to most cities.  Both newer subdivisions and older mature neighbourhoods offer safe and comfortable surroundings close to all amenities and are ideal for families.  There are also maintenance-free developments suitable for those preferring an adults-only environment.  Public transit is provided to most residential areas by the City's Transit Department, LA Transit.

HEALTH CARE:                                                                                                        

The Chinook Health Region (CHR) delivers health services to residents in the southwestern corner of the province and employs more than 3,500 people in 14 communities throughout the Region.  The CHR Board is responsible for carrying out Alberta Health and Wellness' mandate for providing acute hospital care, community/public health services and continuing care for 150,000 residents of the Region.  The corporate office for the CHR is located in Lethbridge at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital.  The CHR operates 10 active treatment and/or continuing care hospitals, 15 Community Health Sites and a Children's Care Centre.  The CHR is funded through Alberta Health and Wellness, the provincial health ministry.  The province adheres to the principles of the public health system as described in the Canada Health Act.  In accordance with the Act, Albertans - like all Canadians - have access to a comprehensive, publicly funded healthcare system.  The mandate of Alberta Health & Wellness is to encourage and support healthy living through both proactive (education) and reactive (treatment) means. 

EDUCATION:

Lethbridge is proud of its education system and facilities.  The community is committed to quality education from ECS through to our fine college and university.  Within the Lethbridge public and Catholic school systems there are 17 elementary schools, five junior high schools, three high schools and one integrated occupational school.  Another Christian school operates from ECS through grade 12 and a Francophone public community school serves Lethbridge and area from preschool to grade 12.  Lethbridge also has private schools that meet a variety of needs including children with learning disabilities.
Post Secondary:
In its role as Canada's first public funded community college, Lethbridge Community College has a 46-year tradition of meeting the educational and training needs of southern Albertans.  The college also continues to enhance existing relationships with other educational institutions and businesses, while developing new, mutually beneficial partnerships.  In today's fast-paced world of work, LCC provides opportunities for companies and industry to ensure their employees have the up-to-date skills and training they need in a competitive business environment.
The University of Lethbridge attracts more than 7,500 students from Canada and 60 countries worldwide to experience first-class education in a personalized setting.  The U of L offers more than 150 degree/program options through five faculties and schools: Fine Arts, Arts & Science, Management, Education & Health Sciences.  The School of Graduate Studies offers Masters Degrees in Education, Management, Health Sciences & Arts and Science.

RECREATION AND LEISURE:

Lethbridge offers a variety of high quality recreation facilities and amenities for all ages and interests.  An extensive urban parks system of 1,740 hectares (4,300 acres) and more than 60 kilometres (38 miles) of trails provides beautiful areas for walking, jogging, cycling and picnicking.  There are over 70 parks, playgrounds, sports fields and greenstrips dotted throughout the city.
The City has five indoor pools, including an Olympic-sized swimming and diving facility, two leisure centres and a free outdoor spray park. Six ice arenas (including the 5,000 seat ENMAX Centre), a curling club, an indoor soccer facility and the Ascent Climbing Centre are well-used, as are the many sport fields, and ball diamonds.  In the river valley is Softball Valley, a nine ball diamond complex and the Lethbridge Shooting Range (one of the largest ranges in Canada).  Recent facilities include the Lloyd Nolan Yard Ball Park, Canola Harvest Field and a multi-purpose skateboard park at Dave Elton Park.
Lethbridge residents enjoy a choice of cosmopolitan cultural activities including those offered at the Bowman Arts Centre and Southern Alberta Art Gallery for visual and creative arts and at the 500-seat Yates Memorial Theatre, a centre for the performing arts.  There are local theatre groups, a symphony orchestra, art gallery and arts council.  The Lethbridge Public Library also hosts art exhibits, public lectures, poetry readings, concerts and a variety of programs.  The University of Lethbridge boasts a $22 million Performing Arts Centre and is home to one of the country's finest Canadian and international art collections.  Over 30 individual organizations promote and offer activities and services relating to historical or multicultural interests within the city.  Included in this is the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association (Multicultural Heritage Centre), which promotes multiculturalism and ethnic heritage to the community and its members.