• 9781926983325

    The History of Lethbridge

    By : Ryan Uytdewilligen

    ISBN: 9781926983325

    Word count: 35,000 words/203 pages
    File Type: Kindle
    October 2018; printed version fall 2019


    The History of Lethbridge follows a winning formula for history books designed for a general reading audience—interesting writing by a long-time local, a reader-friendly layout, and the liberal use of historic and contemporary images. The History of Lethbridge also includes sidebars, a timeline, recommended reading, and a thorough index.

    In the course of a little more than a century, the southern Alberta city of Lethbridge has grown from a remote whiskey trading post surrounded by barren prairie to a prosperous city of almost 100,000. In The History of Lethbridge, locally born and raised author Ryan Uytdewilligen tells the story of the city from the earliest inhabitants to modern-day accomplishments.


    Ryan Uytdewilligen was born in Lethbridge and raised in the area on a farm north-east of the city. Coulee walks and Canada Day at Henderson Lake are favourite childhood memories. After studying Broadcast Journalism at Lethbridge College, Ryan worked at numerous radio stations where he reported on local news. He then moved to Vancouver to pursue his passion of creative writing and studied Writing for Film and Television at Vancouver Film School. This led to several optioned screenplays,several written and produced short films including Tea Time and the Even the Devil Swiped Right, and judging the New York Midnight Writing Competition. He has published two books, one a non-fiction film history, 101 Most Influential Coming of Age Movies and the other a prairie-inspired young adult fiction novel Tractor. Writing a book on Lethbridge history was born out of a desire to journey back to the city’s rich past. Ryan continues to write for various blogs as he puts the finishing touches on his upcoming fiction novel Akela.