Horns Recreation August Newsletter

What's Happening

  • August 5 - 7 - Alberta Summer Swimming Regional Swim Meet
  • August 14 - Pronghorn Men's Soccer Exhibition Game @ 12PM
  • August 19 - Pronghorn Women's Soccer  Exhibition Game @ 6PM
  • August 27 - Pronghorn Women's Soccer Game vs. Mount Royal University @ 2PM


Person throwing a disc

New Disc Golf Course on Campus


A new 18-hole disc golf course has been unveiled at the University of Lethbridge, and it’s free for the public to use.

The ULethbridge Disc Golf Course was quietly opened earlier this spring and was recently fully completed with the addition of signage and wayfinding for users. Bill Halman, executive director of Horns Recreation Services said, “It’s been busy from the first day we put the baskets in.”

“The disc golf community was quick to respond to a new course opening up and as more people played, word spread we had a really good, challenging and unique layout available to them.”

Have You Explored Southern Alberta This Summer?


Waterton Lakes National Park is a national park located in the southwest corner of Alberta, Canada. It borders Glacier National Park in Montana, United States. Waterton was the fourth Canadian national park, formed in 1895 and named after Waterton Lake, in turn after the Victorian naturalist and conservationist Charles Waterton. Its range is between the Rocky Mountains and prairies. This park contains 505 km² of rugged mountains and wilderness.

Alberta Birds of Prey

Active since 1982 and more recently a registered charity, the Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation is Alberta's first privately licensed raptor rescue and conservation organization. We are located two hours south of Calgary in the heart of Canada's wild prairies. Our environmental contributions extend far beyond the province of Alberta. Offspring from our Burrowing Owl breeding program have been released in all four western provinces.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Site

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a buffalo jump located where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains begin to rise from the prairie 18 km west of Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada on highway 785. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of a museum of Blackfoot culture. Joe Crowshoe Sr. OC – Aapohsoy’yiis – a ceremonial Elder of the Piikani Nation in southern Alberta, was instrumental in the development of the site. 

Royal Tyrrell Museum

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is a museum and research facility in Drumheller, Alberta. The museum is situated within a 12,500-square-metre-building at Midland Provincial Park. Efforts to establish a palaeontology museum were announced by the provincial government in 1981, with the palaeontology program of the Provincial Museum of Alberta spun-off to help facilitate the creation of a palaeontology museum.

Writing on Stone Provincial Park

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park is located 100 kilometres southeast of Lethbridge, Alberta, or 44 kilometres east of Milk River, and straddles the Milk River itself. It is one of the largest areas of protected prairie in the Alberta park system, and serves as both a nature preserve and protection for many First Nations rock carvings and paintings. The park is sacred to the Blackfoot and many other aboriginal tribes.

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden is a 3.75-acre garden near Henderson Lake in Lethbridge, Alberta, designed by Dr. Masami Sugimoto and Dr. Tadashi Kubo of Osaka Prefecture University in Japan. The pavilion, shelter, bridges and gates were built in Kyoto, Japan, by five artisans who later reassembled them in the garden. It was opened July 14th 1967, during the Canadian Centennial celebrations.

Fort Whoop Up

Fort Whoop-Up was the nickname given to a whisky trading post, originally Fort Hamilton, near what is now Lethbridge, Alberta. During the late 19th century, the post served as a centre for trading activities, including the illegal whisky trade. The sale of whisky was outlawed but, due to the lack of law enforcement in the region prior to 1874, many whisky traders had settled in the area and taken to charging unusually high prices for their goods.

Helen Schuler Nature Centre

​Opened in 1982, the Helen Schuler Nature Centre is operated by the City of Lethbridge. In its first year of operation, over 8,500 people visited the Nature Centre and took part in the programs. By 1984, more space was needed, so an additional programming room and offices were added. The Nature Centre has changed and grown with the community, and now receives more than 47,000 visitors each year!​

Horns Rec Staff Top 5 Hikes to do this Summer!!




  • Dungarvan SE2 (Rogan Peak) - Starting by the Bison paddock just outside Waterton Lakes National Park, this objective is not for the inexperienced hiker!  At 20.3km and 1,187m elevation, this hike has a little bit of everything: meadows, creeks and creek crossings, scrambling, and ridge walks.  Your efforts are rewarded with the most amazing views in every direction! 

Testimonials from the Herd

As a new student, I found the staff very approachable and informative. I am looking forward to spending more time in the facility this Fall!  -Shannon R.

Meet our Staff

Josh Sluijmers

Customer Service Staff

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

"Sherlock Holmes"

What is your favorite form of exercise?

"Playing tennis, although I can’t say I’m very good at it :)"

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be? 

"Super Speed, it would save me a lot of time."

Raj Gill

Fitness Centre Attendant

What is one of your favourite quotes? 

"If when you look in the mirror you don't see the perfect version of yourself, you better see the hardest working version of yourself." -CBum

What is your favourite form of exercise? 

"Working out!"

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

"Rock Lee"

Kat Sweetman

Climbing Wall Staff

What is one of your favorite quotes? 

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but about learning to dance in the rain."

What is your favourite activity to do in your free time?

"Outdoor activities: hiking, canoeing and outdoor climbing!"

How would you describe yourself in three words?

"Adventurous, caring and responsible"

Paula McDonald

Coordinator, Fitness Programs / Assistant Manager, Customer Service

How would you describe yourself in three words? 

"Empathetic, strong, caring "

What is your favourite activity to do in your free time?  

"Any outdoor activity with my family & dog!"

What is your favourite form of exercise?

"I really enjoy lifting, biking, golfing and skiing!"