Spent the past weekend in Lethbridge for Miss 7's dive club outing at the Univ pool. Had a very pleasant time!
Made an early start & reached town at about 12 noon. First stop was (of course) Chapters, and again noted that famous Alberta customer service - DH & I were each asked numerous times if we were finding all we needed (that doesn't happen here in BC!). Grabbed a quick bite enroute to the Univ - much appreciated how compact Lethbridge is & how easy it is to get around - the Univ is only like 5 min from downtown!
Unfortunately found the lack of clear signage at the Univ a bit of a challenge but eventually realized we did not have to pay for parking and then managed to find our way to the pool, where little Miss 7 actually jumped off the 3m board! (we only have a 1m board in our town).
Checked out both the Bay and Park Place mall after the dive session - did a bit of shopping - then checked in at the Hampton Inn & Suites at the far east side of town. Had decided on that particular hotel because of the great reviews here on TA. Found service to be very friendly & thorough, very nice amenities. Would agree with all the positive reviews on this site. Did pay a bit more that we usually do (we try to keep it at $120-ish, this was $150 with the taxes) but the lovely linens, very nice bathroom, & great breakfast were worth the extra $. The pool has a very quick waterslide as well which Miss 7 loved.
For dinner we checked out CoCo Pazzo Italian Cafe. It did mean a short (less than 10 min drive) and was a very good choice - again, got the idea from the reviews here on TA (would have liked to try the Ethiopian place but knew Miss 7 would not "appreciate" it!). They were busy but not packed. Quite noisy - due to the bare floor I suspect. They don't do a children's menu but offered smaller size pasta or child-size pizza. Miss 7 & I shared a Caesar salad & she did have a pizza (she found the wood-fired oven to be quite interesting) but preferred my rigatoni with basil cream & bruschetta! (The pizza was great!). Service was again very friendly & prompt; we were in & out in 1 hr's time (which was appreciated as it was nice to get Miss 7 fed before she "crashed"). The tab was about $80 before tip (one salad, one appetizer, 2 adult entrees, 1 child's pizza, 1 milk, & 1/2 litre of chilean wine). But we didn't feel rushed & I noticed that they were also catering to all kinds of parties - one large group of women, a few tables of couples, a few more tables of 4's or 6's, a couple families as well. In other words they seemed to be quite prepared to cater to each party's needs.
The next day, after a very nice breakfast, we headed back to the Univ pool for more diving for Miss 7. I must say I was impressed with the facilities at the phys ed centre at the Univ; DH & I both thought wistfully back to our univ days when we did not make the most of the facilities at our disposal! While Miss 7 took instruction, we found the nearest Starbucks -north of the univ, at the Safeway complex on Univ Blvd - about 1/2 way between the Univ & the Crowsnest Hwy (Hwy 3) and then headed for Sears to buy some Levis for DH (on sale!) - and to stock up on incandescent light bulbs! Back to the Univ for the last 1/2 hour of diving - got to join Miss 7 in the dive tank - I was too chicken to even try the 1m board! Then got some lunch at the Safeway to eat in the car on the return trip & headed home.
A couple comments: we noticed that the traffic lights don't seem to have sensors? We seemed to sit for a very long time at red lights when there was no traffic headed in any of the other 3 directions. Anyone know know what's up with that?? Also the lights seemed very LONG. And, trying to be polite here, many drivers seemed quite.....hesitant... reluctant... not responding when the light turns green... braking for green lights... reminded me of Victoria. Is it just my crazy Vancouver driving skills coming through?
Loved the location - the main building of the univ is simply stunning, & the high level rail bridge is a real work of art (and feat of engineering)!
Thanks again Lethbridge - hope to see you again soon!