|This is where we had brunch. It's original purpose was a blacksmith foundry and|
is made of a special type of fireproof concrete. The thick ceilings inside had
skylights carved into them. It's now a lovely little restaurant.
|Firehall #1 - the first in Lethbridge. You can see how|
brightly the sun was shining that day.
|There's a sizable Asian population in Lethbridge dating back|
to when the town was originally founded. There was coal mining
all around the area that employed much of the population. This
is the original Chinese Free Masonic hall.
|Showing the multicultural nature of this small city, the East Indian|
store sits side by side with the Chinese Free Masons. The
blacksmith shop/restaurant we went to was two doors down on the
|It's nice that the old buildings haven't been demolished but|
instead are renovated and house interesting little shops. I
haven't been inside this one but I will make a point to visit it next
time we're in town.
|This is a close-up of the front of the building above.|
The writing on the owl's body says ...the night
belongs to me.
|Another view of the #1 firehall|
|One of the old buildings with apartments over the store.|
|One of the several big old churches downtown. I think it's a|
Catholic one, but I could be wrong.
|Lethbridge City Hall. I had some business to take care of here one|
day. It's really beautiful and quite spacious inside.
|The store housed on the first floor of this old apartment building makes|
and sells spudnuts. We wanted to get some but it was closed for the
holidays! Who does that. Spudnuts are delicious and we had to go without.
|I think this is a United Church. The house in the background on the|
left is where the minister lives.
|And this is the house we lived in back in 1990-92.|
Lethbridge is a nice little city, quiet and friendly. It's probably the retirement capital of Alberta. The milder weather there makes it a comfortable place to live. Lloyd and I are fortunate to be able to split our time between here and Edmonton. It's only an hour from the border crossing into Montana for those of us who like to shop down there.