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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Page 16 In the Southeri become for man Lethbridge's Nikka Yuka Centennial Garden Southern Alberta is primarily known for its rich agricultural land, but the tourist industry is an important part of the area's summer economy. The region provides the visitor and recreational enthusiast with many things to see and do. With an average of 30 hours more sunshine than other part of the province in both July and August, and the highest average temperature readings, the sunny South more often than not affords its tourists with an opportunity to enjoy the attractions free of cloudy skies and damp weather. The area bounded by Nanton in the north, the British Columbia and United States borders, and by Bcw Island to the east, contains one National Park, nine Provincial Parks, and is dotted by 23 highway campsites. Numerous trailer parks, County and Municipal Parks, and campgrounds also provide spots for the traveller to relax and enjoy himself. Tourists will find that the Municipal and County Parks are invariably free of charge, and have camp kitchen shelters with fireplaces and wood available for cooking. Almost all of the trailer parks in Southern Alberta have showers, as well as picnic tables and fireplaces. Some of the more developed trailer facilities have complete hook ups for an extra charge. The 23 highway campsites in the area are equipped with dry outhouse type toilets and running water, with picnic and shelter facilities also provided All accommodations in Alberta, including hotels, motels, trailer parks, and campgrounds, are inspected by the provincial government. Those which are judged as satisfactory to excellent with respect to cleanliness, comfort, and construction receive an Alberta "Government Approved Accommodation" rating and sport a special sign or decal to that effect. But adequate accommodations alone do not attract tourists. Visitors look for interesting things to see and do, and appreciate good recreational facilities as much as a cozy place to bed down for the night. Southern Alberta definitely fills the bill in this respect The region provides something for everyone, largely because of the wide variety of terrain that can be found. The eastern portions feature the rolling prairie, while the Rocky Mountains rise as high as feet above sea level in the west. Most important, the variety of geography provides a correspondingly wide range of activities unique in particular to certain areas. Lethbridee Lethbridge (population is surrounded by over one million acres of irrigated farmland, and the city is the distributing centre for a rich agricultrral region. Just now starting to really grow, Lethbridge already has a wide variety of tourist attractions. The Nikka Yuko Centennial Garden is the largest Japanese garden in Canada and gives the visitor an opportunity to enjoy the serenity, beauty and formality which is part of the Japanese conception of nature. All five basic types of traditional Japanese gardens can be found, and there are also streams, ponds and islands, as well as a small mountain and waterfall. The Centennial Garden also features Japanese girls dressed in full Oriental costume, which provides a fascinating insight into part of Eastern culture. The Japanese gardens are part of the Henderson Lake recreation area just off Mayor Magrath Drive, which also includes an 18 hole public golf course, trailer park, swimming pool and Exhibition Grounds. Also next to the man made Henderson Lake is a park, which provides playgrounds and picnic areas, as well as canoes, rowboats, and paddle boats for rent. In the Oldman River valley just west of the city, Indian Battle Park is nestled in the riverbottom's heavy growth of trees. A wildlife preserve and Fort Whoop Up are highlights of this area. The park commemorates the last great battle between the Cree and Blackfoot Indian tribes, in which the Blackfeet massacred 300 Crees. In the centre of the park, which has picnic tables and playgrounds for the kids, is a reconstruction of Fort Whoop Up, once a thriving centre of the fur and whiskey trade. The fort features pioneer artifacts and relics, as well as a small train which tours the area, skirting some of the abandoned coal mines upon which Lethbridge once depended. Spanning the riverbottom is the Canadian Pacific Railway Bridge, one of the longest and highest of its kind in the world The tressel passes over a par three golf course and driving range where golfing enthusiasts can test their skill And, on the west side of the valley, near the new residential development, is the picturesque University of Lethbridge campus, which is built right into the unique coulee landscape. The Sir Alexander Gait Museum at the west end of fifth avenue south contains over items which reflect the human history of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta. This summer's annual Whoop Up Days will take place during the week of July 15-20. Featured at the fair will be three days of trail and driving (motorcycles and cars) plus a stage show followed by three days of top calibre professional rodeo. Thomas Shows will provide the midway action on the fairgrounds east of Henderson Lake, while numerous exhibits and free demonstrations will be on tap to entertain visitors. Six days of paramutual horse racing and an agricultural show are also set to go. Accommodation is readily available in the city's nine hotels and eight motels, or hi the two trailer parks and surrounding campsites. Two tourist information bureaus, one next to the beautiful Brewery Gardens at the west entrance to the city, and one on Mayor Magrath Drive can provide answers to any questions the tourist might have Just 12 miles northwest of the city on Highway 25 is Park Lake Provincial Park, a 188 acre recreation area which features boating and swimming facilities as well as a campground. East of the city is the satellite centre of Coaldale, a rapidly growing town which has a swimming pool and a rodeo in early August. Chin Lake campsite is located 10 miles to the southeast. Some of the most beautiful country anywhere can be found in the southwest-corner of the province. The Canadian Rockies rise majestically just west of the greenery of the Alberta foothills. Aside from their breath taking beauty, they provide the basis for many recreational activities that are unique to mountainous areas. In the mining area of the Crowsnest Pass, Biairmore and Coleman each have facilities for trailers. Blairmore's golf course and Sulphur Springs will interest passers through. -v-; 1-4 Writing-On-Ston ;