Join us as we celebrate one of our founders of the garden, Cleo Mowers, with a social afternoon at Nikka Yuko!

Every Friday between 4-7PM, enjoy a Japanese beer or sake as you stroll through the garden or take in the view of the waterfall as you unwind after a long week.

Regular admission rates apply, drink tickets can be purchased at the Visitor's Centre. All ages are welcome to join us, non-alcoholic beverages are available, only those 18+ with valid photo ID will be able to purchase alcohol.

Our Minyo Dancers will be performing every Friday, weather permitting, at 5:30-6PM during this time so be sure to grab your drink before the show!

Purchase admission online!

Who Was Cleo Mowers?

On February 29, 1960, Cleo Mowers became the publisher of the Lethbridge Herald, a position he would hold for 20 years. He was well known for using the paper as a way to speak out on important community issues. One of the issues that he promoted was the need for a Japanese-style garden in Lethbridge that would promote and maintain Japanese culture in the city for years to come. Mowers, along with Reverend Yutetsu Kawamura and his wife Yoneko, went on to develop a plan for the establishment of the garden and became the founders of Nikka Yuko.