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Help Me Plan My Trip to Lethbridge

Posted on 10 August 2010

I’m going to a friend’s wedding in Lethbridge, and so will be visiting a part of the country I’ve never been before: southern Alberta. I really had no idea what was down there so I went to the library and picked up some travel books. Now I’m wishing I’d booked more time in order to see everything. I’ve made up a draft highlights itinerary that I think is doable, but I’m hoping people familiar with the area will be able to give me feedback– is there something I’ve missed, do I need more time for somewhere, am I underestimating driving time, etc? Here’s the sketch-up:

Day 1: leave mid-day (need to work), drive as far as we can from Prince George into Alberta. If we leave Prince George at around noon, what is a reasonable place to camp? Jasper is a bit close, but Banff is too far. Anyone know any good sites in-between? Do I need to reserve?

Day 2: stop off at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, get the rest of the way to Lethbridge, check in at hotel. How long do we need at Head-Smashed-In? Anywhere else we should stop?

Day 3 (wedding day): Most of this is going to be wedding/reception, but in Lethbridge we do plan on checking out Fort Whoop-Up, home of what was once North America’s most notorious black market whiskey trade. Any other suggestions?

Day 4: head to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. Explore it on Day 5 and then head back on Day 5 and 6. What specific parts of the park should we see? Where should we stop on the way back?
So yes, any advice you can give is appreciated.

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