Medicine Hat is set on the South Saskatchewan River, framed by the rolling prairies and rugged rock formations of the Canadian Badlands. It's one of Canada's sunniest cities and offers a variety of outdoor attractions, including scenic hiking trails, riverside parks and summer festivals.
Things to do in Medicine Hat
Explore Medicine Hat's Historic Clay District, which is anchored by Medalta, a former clay factory that's been transformed into an industrial museum and contemporary art space. Inside you can learn about the clay manufacturing process and watch hands-on demonstrations from ceramic artists.
The Red Rock Coulee Natural Area features dramatic sandstone formations and enormous boulders that inspire imaginings of “Star Wars” movie landscapes. Watch for white-tailed jack rabbits, western rattlesnakes and short-horned lizards.
Constructed in 1988, the Saamis Tepee is a colourful steel tepee paying tribute to Canada’s native heritage. Dive into the city's cultural scene at the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, which houses a gallery, museum and theatre.
The Medicine Hat Brewing Company has been pouring old-fashioned lagers, ales and stouts since 1912. Don't miss sampling the Industrial Ave IPA, a full-flavour, high-abv beer finished with citrus aromas. The brewery also serves up hearty fare, such as fried chicken waffles and roasted cauliflower steaks.
Getting around Medicine Hat
Downtown Medicine Hat is easy to get around on foot. The city is connected by local buses and taxis, as well as shuttles to Calgary. A rental car is best for exploring Alberta. Calgary International is a three-hour drive from Medicine Hat.