It's been said that a garden is the purest of human pleasures. Maybe that's why so many people find the Town of Magrath such a pleasant place to be.
Nestled along the winding banks of Pothole Creek - a meandering body of water that cuts its way north toward Lethbridge, Magrath is lush in a way most visitors are surprised to see. In fact, the town is known as The Garden City - a moniker that it earned back in 1901 and continues to honour and expand upon to this day.
There's a beautiful balance between unspoiled territory and manmade spaces in Magrath. Its golf course is one of the most celebrated in all of southern Alberta, and the Galt Canal Nature Trail highlights some of the town's most picturesque scenery along Pothole Creek. Both amenities are the result of human ingenuity, and both showcase Mother Nature's talents in this particularly pretty place, with the Rocky Mountains standing proudly in the distance. Magrath is also the gateway to the Crown of the Continent ecosystem as you travel along Highway 5 from Lethbridge toward Waterton Lakes National Park.
The pace of life in Magrath is relaxed, but there are times throughout the year when the town springs to life in raucous celebration. Magrath Days happen the fourth weekend in July, and throngs of people show up to watch the parade, take in the softball tournament, indulge in BBQ, hear live music, and marvel at one of the best firework displays southern Alberta has to offer. The internationally recognized "I Swam the Dam" triathlon takes place in July too, and the year winds up with a plethora of festivities during Magrath's Hometown Christmas.
Magrath is a fitness-oriented community and the expanding paved Magrath Trail is an increasing attraction for runners, nature lovers, cyclists and other fitness enthusiasts. It is also part of the award-winning Canada's Mormon Trail tourism zone and has a great museum and photo gallery as well as a number of historical destinations, the Galt Canal and Head-Gates National Historic Site.