Sugar Beets Bus Tour


Visit Southern Alberta communities where Japanese Canadians were forcibly removed to during the Second World War; an opportunity to witness current sugar beet harvesting and experience what it was like in 1942; visit the Taber sugar factory to see how sugar beets are transformed into sugar, and meet with local Japanese Canadians.  In Lethbridge we visit the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden established during Canada’s Centennial in 1967, Hardieville where early Japanese immigrants settled to work in the mines, and the Galt Museum where Japanese Canadian history is on display. The Raymond  Buddhist Church was the oldest continuously used Buddhist shrine in Canada until it closed in 2006. We stay at the Heritage Inn in Taber, established by Richard Kanegawa, a rancher, potato and sugar beet farmer who dreamt of providing smaller rural communities with full-service hotels. We visit a working sugar beet farm to see how sugar beets used to be harvested.

Organized by the Nikkei National Museum with tour guide David Iwaasa (born in Southern Alberta, author of history of the Japanese Canadians in Southern Alberta; Chair of the Japanese Community Volunteers Association "Tonari Gumi" in Vancouver).

We welcome everyone interested to join. The tour will be both educational and enjoyable, with a wealth of great information, including slideshows and Nikkei films during the bus ride, as well as comfortable accommodations, and good food.

Two nights at Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge Hotel, one night at Heritage Inn, Taber.

Optional additional night (October 7) in Calgary with community dinner the night before the tour begins. Calgary hotel and airport shuttle information

Application period June 1-August 10. Minimum 35, maximum 50 guests.

Fee: $700 each for two people sharing a room. $900 single room. Includes tax, meals, three nights accommodations, guided tours, transportation from Calgary and back. If you are a Lethbridge area resident and wish to join the tour, please inquire about accommodation deductions.

For inquiries, please contact Nichola Ogiwara, Museum Programmer 604.777.7000 ext.109 |

  • October 8, 10:30am board bus at Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Calgary. Visit Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens. Stay at Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge Hotel.
  • October 9, Visit the Galt Museum and tour Raymond. Second night at Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge Hotel.
  • October 10, Drive through Hardieville, visit Picture Butte, and sugar beet farm. Stay at Heritage Inn in Taber.
  • October 11, Visit Taber Sugar Factory and depart around noon. Bus drops off people at Lethbridge, and Calgary International Airport (ETA 3pm).

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Posted on:
Friday, June 07, 2019