Join members of FF Connecticut on this Journey with two host clubs in Alberta, Canada. First we visit FF Edmonton and Area, located in a prairie city nestled in between a multitude of lakes and diverse natural areas, large farms, market gardens, and vast oil and gas reserves. The Edmonton Area has a perfect blend of metropolitan amenities and entrepreneurial spirit, with cultural diversity and a tight-knit community feel. Then it is on to your second host club, FF Lethbridge, located only one hour from the majestic Waterton Lakes National Park, two hours from Calgary and an hour from the U.S. border. The scenic town's warm hospitality is matched only by the local weather - in fact, Lethbridge is in the top ten cities for the highest number of warm and sunny days year-round!
Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Edmonton and Area and Lethbridge.
Live With a Local
- Learn about the Inuits who originally settled the area
- Watch a hockey game
- Tour small historic towns on the outskirts of the city
- Watch an evening sky in a unpolluted area free of city lights
- Attend dinners and time to visit with host club members
- Explore the Canadian Rockies
- Visit the capitol of Alberta Province
- Stroll through the largest mall in North America
- Visit a Ukrainian village
- Go to the Fringe Theater Festival
- Walk around in an authentic Japanese Garden
- River walks and botanic gardens
- Browse markets and local museums
- Fort Edmonton
The members of the Lethbridge Friendship Force Club were very welcoming and the activities were well-planned, unique, educational and interesting. - 2017 Ambassador
Edmonton and Area and Lethbridge, Canada
15 Days / 14 Nights Program and Itinerary:
August 12, 2018 – August 26, 2018
Coordinator: Paul Trotta, FF Connecticut
All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.
Aug. 12, 2018
Arrival in Edmonton
Meet hosts from FF Edmonton and Area
Dinner with hosts
Aug. 13, 2018
Afternoon activities to be determined
Aug. 14, 2018
Day at Fort Edmonton Park
Aug. 15, 2018
City Day –
River Valley Walk
Possibility of attending a brand new museum – if it opens in time!
Aug. 16, 2018
Day in the Country –
Historic country drive to some small towns and early churches
Supper in one of the small towns
Aug. 17, 2018
Tour of the Legislature (Edmonton is the capital of Alberta)
Ride on high-level streetcar
Aug. 18, 2018
Day with hosts to visit Saturday market, botanic gardens, and West Edmonton Mall – the largest Mall in North America, containing the largest indoor amusement park, roller coaster, lake, and waterpark.
Aug. 19, 2018
Travel by bus to Lethbridge, about six hours
Arrive in the afternoon and meet your hosts from FF Lethbridge
Aug. 20, 2018
Welcome supper – BBQ Steak
Aug. 22, 2018
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (UNESCO World Heritage Site) & Aboriginal dancing
Lunch at local restaurant (possibly Bison Stew & Bannock Frank Slide)
Aug. 23, 2018
Aug. 24, 2018
Birds of Prey
Fair & Rodeo
Aug. 25, 2018
Aug. 26, 2018
Leave for Calgary to either return home or embark on further travels.
Know before you go
- Journey number 14283
- Temperatures can vary, but usually range from 5 to 20°C (41 to 68°F) in Lethbridge and 5.5 to 17°C (42 to 63°F) in Edmonton, so dress in layers.
Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.