Get off the beaten path and into the genuine Alberta lifestyle of Medicine Hat. Marvel at the unusual landscape of cliffs and rifts, with a lush river valley meandering through it.
Medicine Hat has always been a gathering place. Discover the valley and its waterways that attracted the Aboriginal peoples and the bison since ancient times. When the Canadian Pacific Railway arrived in 1883, the town of Medicine Hat was born – supposedly named after a Cree medicine man’s lost headdress.
Tucked into the southeastern corner of Alberta on the Trans-Canada Highway, the prairie oasis of Medicine Hat is two and a half hours from Calgary. Don’t forget your sunglasses, you’re entering the sunniest city in Canada!
Coulees. Culture. Kilns. Concerts. Here’s your insider Medicine Hat checklist!
Arts, Culture & History
Tour the fascinating Medalta Potteries facility in the Historic Clay District. Today the factory houses an industrial museum and innovative ceramics studio, drawing artists from around the world. Get into the groove at JazzFest, a week-long party showcasing homegrown and international talent. Explore the Saamis archaeological site, said to contain over 80 million artifacts. On the ridge above the site stands the world’s tallest teepee.
Get your cowboy on with four days of bull ridin’, steer wrestlin’, cattle ropin’ good times at the Medicine Hat Stampede rodeo and festivities.
The Hatters are mad about auto racing, so catch the excitement of the drag races that draw drivers from all over North America. Join the locals and cheer for the home team at a Medicine Hat Tigers WHL hockey game or Medicine Hat Mavericks WMBL baseball game. Tee off at one of the city’s many picturesque golf courses, where you may just happen upon local wildlife.
Discover over 100 km (62 mi) of trails that wind through “The Hat” – it’s the perfect way to get the lay of the land. Spend an afternoon at one of the city’s many waterfront parks. Beyond the city, the wide open plains unfold under big prairie skies. Visit Police Point Park for bird and wildlife watching. Stop in in at the Interpretive Centre to learn about local grassland flora and fauna.
600 m (1,970 ft) above the Great Plains lies the plateau of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. Spend a leisurely day at the beach on Elkwater Lake or go camping in the backcountry. Just 65 km (41 mi) southeast of town.
Carve up the slopes and terrain park at Hidden Valley Ski Area, 65 km (40 mi) south of Medicine Hat.
Explore the authentic prairie lifestyle of the towns near Medicine Hat, like Redcliff or Bow Island, “Bean Capital of the West.”