On my bucket list for the holidays was traveling 2.5 hours north to the city of Lethbridge for the night to see the winter light display at the Nikka Yuko Japanese garden. It was gorgeous. Highly recommend it.
A few notes to self, however.
* Traveling takes twice as long as you think it will.
* When you don’t have cell service in a foreign country and you don’t have very good maps ask for directions at the hotel before you start driving (we got a tour of the whole city looking for the Japanese gardens).
* Go with no expectations. Full stop.
If you’re in Lethbridge, eat at Plum Restaurant, a gorgeous farm to table restaurant with something for everyone on the menu.