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Lethbridge is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is Alberta's fourth largest city by population after Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer. At 127.19 kmē (49.1 sq. mi.), it is the third largest in area after Calgary and Edmonton. The city is near the Canadian Rockies, which provides the city with mild winters and a windy climate, and is 210 km (130 miles) southeast of Calgary on the Oldman River.

The city developed from drift mines opened in the late 19th century and agriculture in the early 20th century. It has grown into the commercial, financial, transportational and industrial centre of southern Alberta. Lethbridge provides the only post-secondary education south of Calgary and west of Medicine Hat. There is a large cultural environment in the city, including performing arts, museums and sports.

The city of Lethbridge is located at degrees 49.7° north latitude and -112.833° east longitude and covers an area of 121.83 kmē. The city is intersected by the Oldman River, the valley of which has been turned into one of the largest urban park systems in North America at 755 hectares (1,865 acres) of protected land. The city is Alberta's fourth largest city by population after Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer. At 127.19 kmē, it is the third largest in area after Calgary and Edmonton. It is located near the Canadian Rockies and is 210 km (130 miles) southeast of Calgary on the Oldman River.

Lethbridge is split into three geographical areas: north, south and west. West Lethbridge is separated from the other two by the Oldman River. North and South Lethbridge are separated by the Crowsnest Highway and the CPR rail line.

The newest of the three neighbourhoods, West Lethbridge (pop. 27,154) is home to the University of Lethbridge. The bulk of the city's growth since the early 1990s has been on the west side. It also has the youngest population of the three.

The north side (pop. 23,241) was originally populated as a result of numerous coal mines in the area. It has the oldest population of the three neighbourhoods and is home to multiple industrial parks.

South Lethbridge (pop. 28,318) is the commercial heart of the city. It contains the downtown core, as well as the bulk of retail and hospitality establishments. Lethbridge Community College is also located here.


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