Visit the Centre!

We welcome you to visit the University of Lethbridge Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage.

To arrange a visit or to book the centre please contact Bookings at 403-915-6497 or

John Stoll - Director of Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage. 403-710-1662 or

The Centre may be booked for but is not limited to: Workshops, Conferences, Garden Tours, Weddings, Meetings, Classes, Performances, Photo Shoots, Retreats, Yoga/Meditation, Fundraisers, Art Events, Field Trips and Artist Retreats.

Tours are available by reservation.

Directions from Nanton, Alta:
  • Turn east off Hwy 2 on to Provincial Road 533. This intersection is across from the Ranchland Motel at the north end of the community.
  • Follow Provincial Road 533 east out of town, past the Nanton golf course, to Range Road 280.
  • Turn left (north) on Range road 280.
  • Travel north on Range Road 280 approximately 4 km (cross Township road 164).
  • Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage is located on the west side of Range Road 280. Look for a small house, a series of low outbuildings and a stone fence on the south side of the property.


May 1 - October 31
Mon - Sun: 8am - 6pm General Admission (Grounds & Buildings)
After Hours - Grounds Only

Buildings are available for bookings year round.

Policies and Procedures

Gardens are open from May 1 to Oct. 31 (weather permitting), access to buildings is limited to pre-arranged tours and special events. Staff is onsite Monday – Friday 8:00am-4:00pm.

Please call 403-915-6497 for inquiries or bookings.

No overnight access at this time. Special privilege will be given to Bride and Groom or U of L guests if requested.

No camping.

No fires.

Picnics - Open to the public. Please remove all garbage.

Public parking is in the West Meadow. Access to public parking is at the North and South ends of the property. Handicap parking is available in the front driveway near Jim’s House. Please do not park on main gravel road.

The designated smoking area is the bench area between the Stage and Grass Plots.

North Barn/Kitchen - Access by pre-booking only.

No Alcohol. Wedding parties, or large groups must apply for their own Licenses and Insurance.

Pets must be leashed and cleaned up after. We reserve the right to limit access during events.

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