Lethbridge Neighbourhood Guide: South, West And North

Whether you are a current resident or have just moved to our wonderful city, getting to know our amazing neighbourhoods is a must when looking at buying your next home. From where all schools are located to where you and your family can enjoy a day at the park, this comprehensive Lethbridge neighbourhood guide will give you a headstart on determining what neighbourhood in Lethbridge will be the best fit for you.

Lethbridge is split into three different geographical areas: North, West, and South

All three sides of the city have a little something for everyone, depending on your interests and hobbies, so it is pretty hard to go wrong just about anywhere. The south side has the most major retails shopping centres, like Costco and Best Buy as well as Park Place Mall, which is the only major mall in the city. The west side hosts the U of L, as well as the brand new ATB Centre, great for all indoor recreational activities like hockey, curling, basketball, and swimming. The north side has the newest large-scale park in the city, Legacy park, as well as some very affordable, new developments. Contact us today and let one of our knowledgeable Agents introduce you to the area that suits your lifestyle.

Cost of living in Lethbridge

The cost of living in Lethbridge makes it a very attractive place for first-time home buyers, and each side of the city has affordable options. Lethbridge has a moderate cost of living compared to other cities in Canada. The average home price in the city is around $320,000, which is lower than the national average. Groceries, restaurants, and transportation are also relatively affordable, but utilities and taxes can be on the higher side. The cost of living in Lethbridge can vary depending on one's lifestyle, but overall, it is considered to be a relatively affordable city to live in, especially when compared to larger cities like Toronto and Vancouver. Additionally, the city has a strong job market and a low unemployment rate, which can help offset the cost of living for those who are employed.

South Lethbridge

The south side has the most major amenities and tourist attractions in the city. Park place mall and galt gardens are both located Downtown.

Lethbridge’s only hospital, the Chinook Regional Hospital, is located on the south side of the city, but is fairly central, so it is not much of a drive from anywhere.

The Lethbridge college is located just off of Scenic Drive S. More than 7,000 students achieve their academic and professional development goals every year at the College. The college offers over 50 different career programs.

The Enmax Centre is the main concert and sports arena. The Enmax Centre is the home of the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Henderson Lake is the largest park and lake in the city - gardens, picnic shelters, playgrounds and over 7 km of pathways. The lake is perfect for kayaks, canoes and paddle boats and provides easy access to the water via the boat launch and docks. The docks are often used by fishermen looking to catch Pike, Walleye, Perch or Whitefish. Henderson Park is surrounded by a multitude of facilities like the SLP Skate Park, Henderson Horseshoe Pits, the Henderson Lake Golf Course, the Henderson Outdoor Pool, Spitz Stadium, Henderson Park Ice Centre, Lethbridge Tennis Club and Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens is a very popular attraction located in Henderson Lake Park.

Most Big box stores (Costco, Wal-Mart, Superstore, Best Buy, Safeway) are all on the far south end of town.

South Side Neighbourhoods

Agnes Davidson - Primarily single family homes, Agnes Davidson is an older community, with many of the homes being built in the 1930s. Being located just west of Mayor Magrath Drive means that all major amenities are just a short drive away.

Chinook Heights - A quaint community just off of Scenic Dr S. This offers quick access to many transportations options, including bus routes.

Fairmont - A large south side neighbourhood with close proximity to major retailers, as well as the Lethbridge College.

Fleetwood - An older area, Fleetwood offers quick access to many walking paths in the river bottom.

Glendale - Being located just north of the largest lake in the city, Henderson Lake, means there are many recreational activities nearby, including a skate park, tennis courts, and an indoor ice rink. 

Henderson - This neighbourhood is made up primarily of the largest lake in the city, Henderson Lake. Many upscale homes that have a front view of the park and lake.

Lakeview - A fairly large neighbourhood on the south end of Henderson Lake, Lakeview has the benefit of being a tucked away, quiet neighbourhood, while still being a quick drive to most major amenities.

London Road - London Road is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city. It borders downtown, so hundreds of shops and amenities are within walking distance.

Park Royal - A small community just off of Scenic Drive South, with great views of the coulees.

Prairie Arbor Estates - With many large, upscale houses, this strictly residential community has great views of the coulees.

Redwood - Redwood has quick access to many major roadways through the city, making it easy to get anywhere by car. Redwood park is great for playing soccer, horseshoes, and even sledding.

Scenic Heights - A very tiny area, with amazing views of the coulees, and sometimes even the Rocky Mountains. 

Sixmile - With both natural coulee, and man-made parks and lakes in the neighbourhood, you have many choices for your outdoor activities. Only a short drive from most big box stores.

Southbrook - A brand new community on the south side, Southbrook has many single family, semi-detached, and townhomes available. Parts of this neighbourhood are still under construction.

Southgate/Coulee Creek - A mashup of two communities, Southgate features a handful of parks, and several large, upscale homes.

Southridge - Being located on the outskirts of the city means large lots. That’s exactly what to expect with this upscale neighbourhood.

Tudor Estates - Just north of the Lethbridge College, this neighbourhood contains both the Enmax Centre, and the Servus Sports Centre.

Victoria Park - One of the largest neighbourhoods in the city, Victoria Park contains the only hospital in the city, Chinook Regional Hospital. Almost all south side schools are within a short walk or drive.

List of South Side Schools

Elementary Schools

École Agnes Davidson Elementary School (French Immersion)

Immanuel Christian Elementary School 

École St. Mary School (French Immersion – Catholic)

Fleetwood Bawden Elementary School 

General Stewart Elementary School 

Lakeview Elementary School 

Our Lady Of The Assumption School (Catholic)

Dr. Robert Plaxton Elementary School (Opened September 2021)

Middle Schools

St. Francis Junior High School (French Immersion - Catholic)

Gilbert Paterson Middle School (French immersion)

High Schools

Catholic Central High School (Catholic – and a West Campus)

Lethbridge Collegiate Institute

Victoria Park High School

West Lethbridge

Very few homes on the west side more than 45 years old, meaning many of the houses are move-in-ready and do not require major upgrades or renovations.

The University of Lethbridge, or U of L, is one of Canada’s top-ranked universities and leading research institutions. The U of L was one of the first developments on the west side, as acted as a catalyst for it's growth over the years. 

Nicholas Sheran lake is the largest park/lake on the west side of the city. A popular fishing spot, fishers are allowed non-motorised boating on the lake to help them make the perfect catch. Ice skating is allowed in the winter, weather permitting. You can check the cities website to see if it is safe. The park features an 18-hole disc golf course, the largest in Southern Alberta. Nicholas Sheran also includes a playground area, picnic facility, baseball diamonds, a soccer field and basketball hoops. In addition, a pool, ice centre, and spray ground water park are just across the street.

Safeway, Save-on-foods, No Frills are the major grocery stores on the west side. If you need to shop at Wal-Mart or Costco, you will have about a 15-20 minute drive.

The Crossings neighbourhood also houses the brand new ATB Centre and the YMCA, which features curling and skating rinks, swimming pools, basketball courts, and a large gym.

West Side Neighbourhoods

Copperwood - Copperwood is a relatively new and popular neighbourhood on the west side. Featuring a handful of parks and amenities within walking distance.

Country Meadows - A new neighbourhood that is within a 10 minute drive to almost all major amenities. Features a newly opened park with a lake and plenty of walking trails.

Garry Station - Inspired by the High Level Bridge and the Railway Station at 1st Avenue South, this new neighbourhood is perfectly situated for shopping, schools, and recreational activities. Parks and area expansion are still planned in the coming years.

Heritage Heights - Has many single-family homes built within the last 20-30 years. With great views of the Lethbridge river bottom, and several nice parks this is a great neighbourhood for a growing family.

Indian Battle Heights - Containing the largest number of parks in the city (9 in total), Indian Battle Heights is a mature west side neighbourhood, great for almost any home buyer.

Mountain Heights - Mostly built within the last 10-20 years, this neighbourhood features a large number of churches, and is just a short walk from Nicholas Sheran Park.

Paradise Canyon - Built around a championship golf course, Paradise Canyon is largely situated in the river bottom. Not many amenities are within walking distance, and there are no bus routes in the area.

Ridgewood Heights - Exclusively single-family homes, with many great views of the coulees. No schools are directly in this neighbourhood, but several are within walking distance. 

Riverstone - Primarily single-family homes that have been built within the last 20 years. 

Sunridge - Located at the very south end of University Drive, just before The Canyons, this neighbourhood was built to actually have a positive impact on the environment.

The Crossings - A brand new area on the westside, with some of it still under construction. Both westside high schools are located here.

Varsity Village - Varsity Village has the mature charm of south Lethbridge, since it is the oldest on the west side. 

West Highlands - Situated close to the largest major retail centre on the west side, West Highlands is a small, newer neighbourhood.

List of West Side Schools

Elementary Schools

Mike Mountain Horse Elementary School 

Nicholas Sheran Community School

St. Patrick Fine Arts School (Catholic)

Children Of St. Martha School (Catholic)

Coalbanks Elementary School 

Dr. Gerald B. Probe Elementary School 

Father Leonard Van Tighem School (Catholic)

Middle Schools

Father Leonard Van Tighem School (Catholic)

G.S. Lakie Middle School

Senator Joyce Fairburn Middle School

High Schools

Catholic Central High School (Catholic – and a South Campus)

Chinook High School

North Lethbridge

The north side has the newest park in the city, Legacy Park. This park features a brand new water park, as well as multiple playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts and picnic shelters. Legacy park also features a skate park. Skating on the ice in the winter is allowed, weather permitting. The park also features Outdoor fitness equipment. Belvedere structure to function as both an outdoor stage and a viewing platform over the water.

The industrial area and auto mall are both located in the north-east, which is convenient for anyone who works in that area.

There are plenty of grocery stores on this side of the city. There is a Wal-mart, Sobeys, Save-On Foods, and No Frills, just to name a few.

North Side Neighbourhoods

Blackwolf - Named 6-time community of the year. Homes in Blackwolf are typically less than 10 years old.

Hardieville - Hardieville used to be a hamlet northwest of Lethbridge. It was sinced annexed by the city in 1978.

Legacy Ridge - Legacy offers several parks, and open spaces, and is just a few minutes from downtown.The houses in Legacy Ridge are built with energy efficient building practices. 

Park Meadows - One of the cheapest neighbourhoods on the north side, Park Meadows real estate prices are about 22% lower than average.

Senator Buchanan/Dave Elton - Featuring the Senator Buchanan Elementary School, as well as Dave Elton Park. Senator Buchanan is close to Downtown, as well as many other amenities.

St. Edwards - St. Edwards is a small, older community with a variety of housing styles and densities. St. Edwards is close to elementary schools, and a middle school and high school.

Staffordville - Similar to Hardieville, it was once a village separate from Lethbridge, until the city annexed it in 1913. Staffordville is over 120 years old but still features some modern, upgraded homes.

Westminster - One of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city, Westminster is just a short walk from many amenities on 13th street, as well as multiple schools.

Winston Churchill - Is also an older neighbourhood in the city. It features several nice parks, and is close to a skating rink, swimming pool, and bowling alley. Winston Churchill high school and Wilson middle school are both located in this neighbourhood.

Uplands - One of the largest neighbourhoods on the northside, most of the homes in this neighbourhood are only 15-30 years old. Within walking distance to the north side Wal-Mart, and featuring the beautiful Chinook Park.

List of North Side Schools

Elementary Schools 

Galbraith Elementary School 

Lethbridge Christian School 

Park Meadows Elementary School 

Senator Buchanan Elementary School 

St. Paul School 

St. Teresa Of Calcutta School (Catholic)

Westminster Elementary School 

Middle Schools

Lethbridge Christian School

Wilson Middle School

High Schools

Winston Churchill High School

Immanuel Christian School

Population of Each Side of the City

The population of Lethbridge in 2021 is 102,911 with a growth rate of 1.57% and as of 2017 the median household income is $74,084 per year.

The latest census data by region as of 2019 shows the population between the 3 main areas of the city are as follows. The north has the smallest population with 28,172 people and has a growth rate of 1.70%. The south side comes next with 32,412 and a growth rate of 0.94%. Then the west side with 40,898 people and the largest growth rate of the three, with 2.35%.

The City decided they will not be conducting the census in 2021. City Council voted to cancel the yearly data-gathering exercise due to changes at the provincial level.

When you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Lethbridge there are plenty of neighbourhoods worth considering. Hopefully you’ve narrowed your search down after reading this article and know which area is right for you. We have years of experience helping families just like yours find their dream home, and we want to do the same for you. We would love to help you make this big decision! Reach out today with any real estate questions you may have and let us get started on finding your perfect place. Contact a sutton agent today!

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