Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada: World's Largest Wind Gauge

In a region of powerful prairie winds, this photo op sculpture claims to be the World's Largest Wind Gauge, although it doesn't actually work.

Address:
2805 Scenic Drive S., Lethbridge, AB, Canada
Directions:
At the corner of Mayor Magrath Drive S., in the Tourist Information Centre parking lot.
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World's Largest Wind Gauge

I worked for the Chinook Country Tourism Bureau when this attraction was installed. The gauge was originally at the Brewery Garden near the northwest entrance to the city, but was relocated to its current spot several years later, which may account for the confusion about its location.

It was originally designed to be a working wind gauge, but the strong winds in the area (I've personally seen 110KM gusting to 170KM) raised concerns that it might whip the giant ball around and hurt someone, so it was welded in place.

[John Rasmussen, 10/08/2020]

World's Biggest Wind Gauge.

World's Biggest Wind Gauge

Hard to find based on info in app. Actual address for the World's Biggest Wind Gauge is 2805 Scenic Drive.

[Alison, 06/05/2016]

Thanks for the fine tuning!

World's Biggest Wind Gauge.

World's Biggest Wind Gauge

Lethbridge, Alberta is known for having a lot of wind. Located a few miles outside of the town in fact is a very large wind farm. According to the town's website, Lethbridge is also a place which experiences a "Chinook", which is a warm western wind which occurs during the winter.

For their centennial, the Royal Canadian Legion funded the erection of this giant wind gauge. The gauge sadly does not work, as the ball is welded to the ground (probably to hinder tourists from riding on it as if it were a tire swing). Still an impressive little local landmark.

[Todd Knaperek, 09/09/2010]

2016: Photo added.


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