Things to Do

Creative Spirit

1. Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

Located in Downtown Medicine Hat, this state-of-the-art facility includes a museum, art gallery and archives. Performing arts take place in a 750 seat theater or in a more intimate studio.

2. Medicine Hat Cultural Centre

This is the hub of a thriving arts community. Housed within the facility are a range of studio including a Fibre Arts, Ceramics and Photo Lab, Art Gallery and the Black Box Theater. Medicine Hat College’s Dance and Music Academics also operate out of this site. A gift shop provides you an opportunity to buy local art.

3. Various festivals including:

  • Spectrum Sunshine Festival
  • Bow Island’s Children’s Festival
  • Medicine Hat JazzFest
  • Tongue on the Post Folk Festival
  • Canada Day & Sandfly Festival

Knowledge Seeker

1. Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Heritage District

This iconic 1912 Medalta Potteries Factory is a National Historic Site, gift shop and museum. Step inside a rare beehive kiln, explore the old factory and see first-hand how pottery is made. Explore the museum at your own pace and meet our costumed interpreters along the way. Open year-round, this is a must-see destination.

2. Etzikom Museum

Enjoy a self-guided tour that highlights Canada’s wind power utilization. At the museum discover hundreds of artifacts and antiques relating to the homesteading days of Southern Alberta.

3. Echo Dale Historic Farm

Take a step back in time at the fully restored Woolfrey House which offers a glimpse of what life was like in the early settler days. The Ajax Mine provides visitors an “underground” look at the tools used by coal miners on this site. Farm animals are also there to entertain the kids.

Outdoor Explorer

1. Police Point Park

Stroll along the nature trails among ancient cottonwood tress and watch for bald eagles and white-tailed deer in the scenic 400 acre natural reserve. Bordered on three sides by the South Saskatchewan River, this park features walking and cycling trails as well as easy access for wheelchairs. The Interpretive Centre offers many special events for the public.

2. Red Rock Coulee

Red Rock Coulee Natural Area consists of eerie badlands, hoodoos and the most striking feature of this landscape- large, round, red boulders. These boulders are made of sandstone concretions and believed to be among the largest in the world.  Observe geological wonders, birds, plants and wildlife.

3. Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

Containing one of Canada’s highest points between the Rocky Mountains and Labrador, there are amazing viewpoints and over 50 km of hiking and cross-country ski trails. Camp, fish or view wildlife while staying at the park. Additional services include a 9-hole grass-green golf course, Hidden Valley Ski area, excellent fly-fishing and affordable accommodation and tourism services.