Brewery Gardens provides an entry point to spectacular vistas near High Level Bridge in Lethbridge, Alberta.
This beautiful garden was originally a dumping site for coal ashes generated from nearby Sick's Lethbridge Brewery which operated between 1901 and 1990. The garden was created in 1950 to stabilize the slope and horticulturally enhance immediate and surrounding terrain.
From this city access point curling beneath the High Level Bridge, the garden occupies land behind where the Brewery once stood. In the past, a small bridge beyond parking accessed a Tourist Hut since removed.
Colorful gardens beneath majestic evergreen trees create impressive landscape stretching westward along the slope. A rock garden waterfall features stone steps and the predominant welcoming sign beneath imported evergreens dominating views west and south. From the viewpoint, visitors can absorb spectacular river valley vistas and hike into the matrix of trail opportunities within the river valley, view the University of Lethbridge, or the infamous and impressive High Level Bridge constructed in 1909.
On paved path past Brewery Gardens, the bridge cairn at trail side and the time capsule behind Brewery Gardens are also nearby. This time capsule was placed during the City’s centennial celebrations in 1985. The capsule was opened in 2010 and is scheduled to be reopened in 2035 and 2085. It is highly unlikely I will have a shot at either of those but I hope you are able to take the opportunity to participate. Brewery Gardens is an ideal place to enjoy a short (or longer) hike within the area of the Oldman River Valley and the Helen Schuler Nature Center.
Brewery Gardens photographs are captured in early morning light near the High Level Bridge at Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada on September 21, 2017.