In southeast Alberta, sunny Medicine Hat is located in the scenic South Saskatchewan River valley. Exploring this prairie city, known for having more days of sunshine per year than any other city in Canada, is easy – an extensive trail system stretching over 62 miles links the city’s major parks. Hike the trails or borrow a bike – for free – at the visitor info center. Head to Echo Dale Regional Park for views of the region’s distinctive landscape. Thanks to an abundant supply of clay coupled with natural gas, one of Medicine Hat’s arliest and most successful industries was clay products. Head to Medalta, a converted century-old factory in the Historic Clay District to discover more.
Part innovative museum, contemporary ceramic arts facility, art gallery, and community hub, Medalta is a local gem. Another Medicine Hat landmark is the Saamis Tepee, the world’s tallest. A self-guided walking tour around the towering tepee guides you through the former buffalo camp. In Medicine Hat’s downtown, the Esplanade is both a marvel of contemporary architecture, as well as home to an art gallery, museum, public archives, and a large theater. The city’s core also boasts a growing cafe culture and the historic Monarch Theatre, one of the oldest operating movie theaters in Canada.