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City of Medicine Hat
—  City  —
Looking South from Finlay Bridge. The City Hall, Courthouse and Medicine Hat Public Library are visible across the South Saskatchewan River.

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Coat of arms
Nickname(s): The Hat, The Gas City
Motto: "Animo et Fide"  (Latin)
"By Courage and Faith"
City of Medicine Hat is located in Alberta
City of Medicine Hat
Location of Medicine Hat in Alberta
Coordinates: 50°02′30″N 110°40′39″W / 50.04167°N 110.6775°W / 50.04167; -110.6775
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Southern Alberta
Census division 1
Settled 1883
Incorporated October 31, 1898 (town)
Incorporated May 9, 1906 (city)
Government
 - Mayor Normand Boucher
 - Governing body Medicine Hat City Council
 - MP LaVar Payne
–(Cons - Medicine Hat)
 - MLAs Rob Renner
–(PC - Medicine Hat)
Leonard Mitzel
–(PC - Cypress-Medicine Hat)
Area [1]
 - Total 112.01 km2 (43.2 sq mi)
Elevation 670 m (2,198 ft)
Population (2009)[2][3]
 - Total 61,097
 Density 545.46/km2 (1,412.7/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Postal code span T1A to T1C
Area code(s) 403
Website City of Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat, known to locals as "The Hat", is a city of 61,097[2][3] people located in the southeastern part of the province of Alberta, Canada. It is enclaved within Cypress County along with the nearby town of Redcliff, although neither is part of the county.

The logo of the City of Medicine Hat.

It is situated on the Trans-Canada Highway, the eastern terminus of the Crowsnest Highway, and the South Saskatchewan River. Nearby communities considered part of the Medicine Hat area include the Town of Redcliff (located immediately adjacent to the city's northwest boundary) and the hamlets of Desert Blume, Dunmore, Irvine, Seven Persons, and Veinerville. The Cypress Hills (including Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park) is a relatively short distance (by car) to the southeast of the city. Its major claim to fame is Rudyard Kipling's famous line "all hell for a basement"[4] referring to the vast reserves of natural gas beneath it. Because of the reserves, the city is known as The Gas City. It is Alberta's sixth largest city. In October 2008, Medicine Hat was named one of Alberta's Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc., which was announced by the Calgary Herald[5] and the Edmonton Journal.[6][7]

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Geography

The Medicine Hat landscape is dominated by the South Saskatchewan River valley. In addition to this major river, both the Seven Persons Creek and Ross Creek empty into the South Saskatchewan River within the City of Medicine Hat boundary. The presence of these water bodies provide for a dramatic valley landscape with numerous cliffs, and finger coulees throughout the City. Beyond the City and river valley the land is flat to slightly rolling and is characterized by short-grass vegetation. Medicine Hat is also known as Canada's sunniest city.

Twenty-five miles to the east at 50°0′38.2″N 110°6′48.3″W / 50.010611°N 110.113417°W / 50.010611; -110.113417 (Badlands Guardian) lies the Badlands Guardian Geological Feature. It is a landscape formation taking the form of a head wearing a feathered headdress. The head is 1,000 feet (300 m) wide. It is in inverse relief, formed by valleys rather than raised ground.

Neighbourhoods

  • North Flats - the oldest area in Medicine Hat. Located northeast of the CPR marshaling yards near the South Saskatchewan River and downtown. Old inner city neighbourhood that is home to residential and industrial uses. This area is in the east valley.
  • South Flats - Located south of the CPR marshaling yard, also in the valley, and adjacent to downtown.
  • SE Hill - One of the oldest areas of the city. It originally overlooked downtown on the north side of the hill and Kin Coulee on the south side. Originally this area housed CPR workers. Holds 4 schools.
  • SW Hill - Located west of Division Avenue next to the SE Hill area. Holds 5 schools and the city's hospital.
  • Riverside - A mature inner city neighbourhood along the north bank of the South Saskatchewan River. The community has experienced, over the past 5 years, significant gentrification. Mature trees and boulevards line the streets.
  • River Heights - Located on the SW Hill north of the hospital, and south of the South Saskatchewan River. Includes River Heights Elementary School and an extended care wing, which was originally a part of the hospital.
  • Crescent Heights - mainly built in the 1950s through to the 1960s. Located on the north side of city on the entire hill above the river valley.
  • Parkview - located on the South Saskatchewan River.
  • Ranchlands - A new neighbourhood in the northeast sector of the city. The neighborhood includes residential lands both above and in the South Saskatchewan River valley.
  • Southview - Located in the southeast part of the city between Ross Glen and Crestwood.
  • Park Meadows - An area that was developed in the 1990s. Primarily residential with several apartments.
  • Crestwood and Norwood - This is an older area of town mainly built in the 1950s. It is located on a plateau southeast of the South Flats and the Seven Person's Creek. The Medicine Hat Stampede and Exhibition centre is within this area.
  • Ross Glen - Low density middle class neighbourhood located in the southeast end of the city.
  • South Ridge - The first residential development south of the Trans Canada Highway. First developed in the late 1970s. Adjacent to the World's Largest Teepee.
  • South Vista Heights - A new residential suburban community south of the Trans Canada Highway. Community is 60% complete.
  • Saamis Heights - A new community that is now almost complete. The community is located west of South Ridge in the south sector of the city. Saamis Heights was a very popular development and was completed in under 5 years. The community borders the Seven Person's Creek valley and thus provides many prime walkout view lots.
  • Southlands - a community that opened in 2007. It is home to a significant regional commercial centre including Wal Mart and Home Depot. The residential community includes parks, future school sites, many low residential lots, and several large multi-family sites (.
  • Cottonwood - A community located above the cottonwood golf course, between the light industrial area and the airport. Overlooks World's Largest Teepee.

Climate

Located in Palliser's Triangle, Medicine Hat has a semiarid, continental, steppe climate (Köppen climate classification Bsk), with cold, dry winters and warm to hot summers. However, the winter cold is occasionally ameliorated by mild and dry chinook winds blowing from the west, and hot summer daytime temperatures are made more tolerable by low humidity and rapid cooling in the evening hours. Medicine Hat receives less precipitation annually than other cities on the Canadian prairies and plentiful sunshine (widely known as "The sunniest city in Canada")[8], making it a popular retirement city. Maximum precipitation typically occurs in the late spring and early summer.

Climate data for Medicine Hat
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 18.3
(65)
21.1
(70)
28.9
(84)
35.6
(96)
37.2
(99)
41.7
(107)
42.2
(108)
41.1
(106)
37.8
(100)
33.9
(93)
24.4
(76)
20
(68)
42.2
(108)
Average high °C (°F) -4.5
(24)
-0.5
(31)
5.8
(42)
13.7
(57)
19.4
(67)
23.8
(75)
26.9
(80)
26.8
(80)
20.6
(69)
14
(57)
3.6
(38)
-2.2
(28)
12.3
(54)
Daily mean °C (°F) -10.2
(14)
-6.2
(21)
-0.3
(31)
6.8
(44)
12.5
(55)
16.8
(62)
19.5
(67)
19.1
(66)
13.1
(56)
7
(45)
-2.2
(28)
-7.9
(18)
5.7
(42)
Average low °C (°F) -15.9
(3)
-11.9
(11)
-6.4
(20)
-0.1
(32)
5.5
(42)
9.9
(50)
12
(54)
11.4
(53)
5.6
(42)
-0.1
(32)
-8
(18)
-13.6
(8)
-1
(30)
Record low °C (°F) -46.1
(-51)
-46.1
(-51)
-38.9
(-38)
-26.7
(-16)
-11.1
(12)
-1.1
(30)
1.2
(34)
-0.6
(31)
-12.8
(9)
-28.7
(-20)
-37.8
(-36)
-45.8
(-50)
-46.1
(-51)
Precipitation mm (inches) 13.7
(0.54)
9.3
(0.37)
18.3
(0.72)
24.8
(0.98)
46
(1.81)
62.6
(2.46)
40.6
(1.6)
33.3
(1.31)
36.2
(1.43)
18.5
(0.73)
15.8
(0.62)
14.7
(0.58)
333.8
(13.14)
Sunshine hours 105 135.8 176.8 231.5 283.6 302.9 351.1 314.7 216.6 184.2 116.6 94.1 2,512.9
Source: Environment Canada[8] 2010-08-02

History

Name origins

The name "Medicine Hat" is the English translation of 'Saamis' (SA-MUS)- the Blackfoot word for the eagle tail feather headdress worn by medicine men - or 'Medicine Hat'. Several legends are associated with the name from a mythical merman river serpent named Soy-yee-daa-bee, the creator, who appeared to a hunter and instructed him to sacrifice his wife to get mystical powers which were manifest in a special hat. Another legend tells of a battle long ago between the Blackfeet and the Cree in which a retreating "Medicine Man" lost his headdress in the South Saskatchewan River.

A number of factors have always made Medicine Hat a natural gathering place. Prior to the arrival of Europeans the Blackfoot, Cree and Assiniboine nations used the area for hundreds of years. The gently sloping valley with its converging water ways and hardy native cottonwood trees attracted both man and the migratory bison herds which passed through the area.

Founding

In 1883, when the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) reached Medicine Hat and crossed the river a town site was established using the name from the Indian legends. As the west developed, Medicine Hat became instrumental with the development of the first hospital past Winnipeg in 1889 and as a CPR divisional point. It was incorporated as a town on October 31, 1898, and as a city on May 9, 1906. Medicine Hat is halfway between Winnipeg and Vancouver.

Progress and growth

Rich in natural resources including natural gas, coal, clay, and farmland, the town was known in the early days as "the Pittsburgh of the West". A number of large industries located here, under the inducement of cheap and plentiful energy resources. Coal mines, brick works, pottery and glass bottle manufacturing plants, flour mills, etc. became established. The agricultural potential of the surrounding area, both in crop and livestock, also made the town a viable service center with a well established transportation route. An economic boom was experienced between 1909-1914 bringing the population to over 10,000. Little growth occurred between the World Wars, although the population swelled in the mid-1940s due to the town hosting one of the largest Second World War P.O.W. camps in Canada. It was not until the 1950s that the town again experienced significant commercial development. Today, Medicine Hat prides itself as one of the most economical places to live in Canada, with its unique city owned gas utility and power generation plant being predominant factors. Major industries have included chemical plants, a tire and rubber plant, a foundry, brickworks, etc. and Medicine Hat continues to grow and prosper.

Demographics

The population of the City of Medicine Hat according to its 2009 municipal census is 61,097.[2][3]

In 2006, Medicine Hat had a population of 56,997 living in 24,729 dwellings, an 11.2% increase from 2001. The city has a land area of 112.01 km2 (43.2 sq mi) and a population density of 508.9 /km2 (1,318/sq mi).[1]

More than 89 percent of residents identified English as their first language at the time of the 2006 census, while 6 percent identified German and just over 1 percent each identified Spanish and French as their first language learned. The next most common languages were Ukrainian, Chinese, Dutch, and Polish.[9]

More than 79 percent of residents identified as Christian at the time of the 2001 census while almost 20 percent indicated they had no religious affiliation. For specific denominations Statistics Canada counted 16,175 Roman Catholics (26.5 percent), 9,445 members of the United Church of Canada (15.5 percent), and 6,170 Lutherans (slightly more than 10 percent).[10] Less numerous denominations included 3,780 Anglicans (more than 6 percent), 1,745 members of the Evangelical Missionary Church (almost 3 percent), 1,470 Baptists (over 2 percent), 1,220 identifying as Pentecostal (2 percent), 1,215 Mormons (2 percent), and 675 Presbyterians (just over 1 percent).

Based on previous elections, Medicine Hat is the most conservative riding in Canada with the Conservative Party of Canada garnering anywhere between 70 - 80% of the vote.

Infrastructure

The Province and the City are preparing future plans for the upgrading of the Trans Canada Highway in the region to freeway status.

The City is working on design of the South-West Sector Sanitary Trunk main, extension of South Boundary Road from Strachan Road to Southridge Drive, and a South-West Sector water transmission line. This infrastructure will accommodate the development of new residential communities west of South Ridge Dr, and south of the Seven Persons Creek.

The city is served by the Medicine Hat Airport and Medicine Hat Transit.

Several ICT business groups have started to come together to form a [loose coalition]http://www.sane.ca/communicationsalliance whose prime objective is to facilitate economic growth and diversify the local economy by building a robust municipally owned community network based on fiber optic technologies.

Military

Medicine Hat is home to The South Alberta Light Horse (SALH), an army reserve unit. The SALH dates back to 1885 when it took part in the North-West Rebellion. Since then it has gained battle honours in the First and Second World Wars and today its members continue to serve overseas on United Nations and North Atlantic Treaty Organization missions. Currently the SALH has members serving in Afghanistan.

Medicine Hat was also home to a POW camp during the Second World War.

Canadian Forces Base Suffield is located 50 kilometers (31 mi) west of the city. It is estimated that the base contributes C$120 million annually to the local economy, principally through its two lodger units: British Army Training Unit Suffield, and Defence Research and Development Canada -- Suffield).

Attractions

Giant Tee-pee installation

The Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District[11] is a living, working museum that offers a unique and extensive experience through collections, exhibits, interpretation, guided tours and educational and artistic programming. The Medalta Potteries and Hycroft China Factory Complexes are the focal points in this 150-acre (0.6 km2) region. This nationally recognized industrial historic district is a cultural initiative of the Friends of Medalta Society with Federal, Provincial, Municipal and Private support. Restoration, preservation and cultural development of the Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District for the purpose of education and public enjoyment is ongoing.[12]

Just south of the Trans-Canada Highway and overlooking the Blackfoot buffalo jump, is the world's tallest teepee, the "Saamis Tepee". Designed for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary as a symbol of Canada's Aboriginal heritage, it was moved to Medicine Hat in 1991. It stands over 20 stories high and was designed to withstand extreme temperatures and winds up to 240 km/h (150 mph). During a January 2007 windstorm, a portion of the tepee was damaged. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that extensive weathering was partially to blame. After repairs were complete, the Saamis Tepee now stands approximately 15 feet (4.6 m) shorter.

The Medicine Hat Family Leisure Centre is the largest indoor multi purpose facility in the City. The building is 90,000 sq ft (8,000 m2) and is sited on 57 acres (230,000 m2) in the north end of the City. The facility includes olympic size ice rink, 50 m pool, waterslide, diving platforms, kiddies pool, wave pool, cafe, 4 ball diamonds, lighted football field, and 3 soccer pitches.

Located in downtown Medicine Hat, The Esplanade[13] is a large multi purpose cultural centre. The facility features a 700+ seat performing arts theatre, art gallery, museum, archives, gift shop, and cafe. The Esplanade officially opened in October 2005.

Medicine Hat Public Library is located across the street from The Esplanade. It has over 10,000 annual members and is the resource library for the Shortgrass Library System [14] of Southern Alberta.

Parks

There are over 100 kilometres (62 mi) of walking trails in the City. All of the major parks are linked by the extensive trail system.

View of the pond at Echodale Regional Park
  • Police Point Park was an early North-West Mounted Police outpost, and the park is now a 300-acre (1.2 km2) nature-lovers' dream with shale paths next to the South Saskatchewan River. It is also one of Southern Alberta's well known birding destinations. The park encompasses The Medicine Hat Interpretive Program building, where they run programs and inform the public about the happenings of nature around the city.
  • Strathcona Island Park is located along the south bank of the South Saskatchewan River. The park has 5 kilometres (3 mi) of walking trails, playgrounds, water park, ball diamond, pavilion centre, washrooms, ice skating, kitchens and fire pits. The park is heavily treed.
  • Kin Coulee Park is located along the banks of the Seven Persons Creek. This 100-acre (0.4 km2) park is almost entirely manicured. The park features a skateboard park, 2 ball diamonds, beach volleyball courts, fire pits, band shell, washrooms, and 2 playgrounds.
  • Echodale Regional Park is a 650 acre (2.6 km²) park that includes an artificial swimming lake. The amenities include beach, walking trails, fire pits, canoe rentals, snack bar, washrooms and historic ranch.
  • Central Park, located in the Southeast Hill neighborhood is surrounded by large cottonwood trees and, on the northside, a row of cedar trees. It also has play structures and a spraydeck. A street basketball court can be found here, which is usually in full use during the summer months.
  • Riverside Veterans' Memorial Park, located downtown across River Road from the South Saskatchewan river and across 6th avenue from city hall is home to the Cenotaph a brick mural by James Marshall, a WWII era Sherman tank, and two CPR locomotives, one of the locomotives starred in the 1976 Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor movie Silver Streak.

Golf courses

  • Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club is located along the north banks of the South Saskatchewan River.
  • Connaught Golf Course
  • Cottonwood Golf Course is located in southwest Medicine Hat along the banks of the Seven Persons Creek
  • Paradise Valley Par 3 is located along the banks of the Seven Persons Creek.
  • Ross Creek Par 3 is located along the banks of the Bullshead Creek.
  • Riverview Golf Course is located in Redcliff along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River.
  • The Links at Desert Blume are located immediately south of the City.
  • Advantage Golf Academy, located at Cottonwood Coulee Golf Course, is Medicine Hat's only full time golf instructional facility.

Education

Medicine Hat School District No. 76 has been serving the needs of public school students since it came into existence in 1886. The District has five trustees and comprises 3 secondary schools, Alexandra Middle School (formerly Alexandra Junior High School), Crescent Heights High School and Medicine Hat High School, 12 elementary (K-6) schools, a special needs school for the severely disabled, as well as an Alternative School program which incorporates a joint partnership with the YMCA Teen Moms' Program, YMCA Stay-in-School Program, a program with the former Palliser Health for secondary students and a program supported by Children Services for students with behavioural needs. Medicine Hat School District has a current enrollment of 6,400 students for children from 2-1/2 years of age from ECS through Grade 12. French immersion programming is provided as an option.

The Medicine Hat Catholic/Separate School District provides educational programming for students ECS through Grade 12. French immersion programming is provided as an option in select District schools. The board of trustees are considered relatively new, following the last municipal election when all but one of the former trustees were replaced by the voting public. Shortly after the election, the former Superintendent of the district was fired and the deputy superintendent was dismissed months later. A search has been on to find suitable replacements.

Medicine Hat has a single Francophone school as well at the Centre for Academic and Personal Excellence (CAPE) public/charter school.

The Medicine Hat College is located in south Medicine Hat. The first students were accepted to the college in 1965. Now with over 2,500 students and 3 campuses, the college has grown into an integral part of the community. Athletics include basketball, volleyball, golf, and soccer.

Contemporary issues

City Council chose the Box Springs Business Park site in August 2008 for the new events centre. Currently the City is working to secure funding.

The City, Town of Redcliff and Cypress County are together working on a plan that will govern the location and intensity of growth around the City for the next 50 years. The plan is anticipated to be adopted in the Fall of 2008.

Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation is currently negotiating with landowners south of the City to secure land for the future Trans Canada freeway bypass. The bypass is expected to be constructed in the next 10–20 years.

The average home price has climbed to $239,000 in May 2007.

Long serving MP Monte Solberg revealed in September 2008 that he would not be running in the next election. LaVar Payne won election as MP for Medicine Hat in the subsequent election in October, 2008; both Solberg and Payne are members of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Local media

Medicine Hat has several radio and television stations broadcasting from it, as well as receiving radio stations from Calgary.

Notable residents

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Statistics Canada (Census 2006). "Medicine Hat - Community Profile". http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/profiles/community/Details/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=4801006&Geo2=PR&Code2=48&Data=Count&SearchText=Medicine%20Hat&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&GeoLevel=&GeoCode=4801006. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  2. ^ a b c City of Medicine Hat 2009 Census Final Report
  3. ^ a b c Alberta Municipal Affairs. "Alberta 2009 Official Population List". http://www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/documents/ms/2009pop.pdf. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  4. ^ Rudyard Kipling said:

    This part of the country seems to have all hell for a basement, and the only trap door appears to be in Medicine Hat. And don’t you ever think of changing the name of your town. It’s all your own and the only hat of its kind on earth.

    {{Citation| last=Brennan| first=Brian| year=2003| title=Boondoggles, bonanzas, and other Alberta stories| publisher=Fifth House| isbn=1894004949 |page=43}
  5. ^ "Calgary Herald, "Alberta’s top 40 places to work”, October 18, 2008". http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/story.html?id=02b19397-2fdf-4039-ba29-b93eaf908adb. 
  6. ^ "Edmonton Journal, "Alberta's best focus on attracting, keeping staff", October 31, 2008". http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/story.html?id=5bc8514a-b0eb-4538-bab4-a63f11f51a16. 
  7. ^ "Reasons for Selection, 2009 Alberta's Top Employers competition". http://www.eluta.ca/top-employer-city-of-medicine-hat. 
  8. ^ a b Environment CanadaCanadian Climate Normals 1971–2000. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  9. ^ "Medicine Hat". Detailed Mother Tongue (186), Knowledge of Official Languages (5), Age Groups (17A) and Sex (3) for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2001 and 2006 Censuses - 20% Sample Data. Statistics Canada. 20 November 2007. http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/topics/RetrieveProductTable.cfm?ALEVEL=3&APATH=3&CATNO=&DETAIL=0&DIM=&DS=99&FL=0&FREE=0&GAL=0&GC=99&GK=NA&GRP=1&IPS=&METH=0&ORDER=1&PID=89201&PTYPE=88971&RL=0&S=1&ShowAll=No&StartRow=1&SUB=701&Temporal=2006&Theme=70&VID=0&VNAMEE=&VNAMEF=&GID=838046. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  10. ^ "Medicine Hat". Religion (95A), Age Groups (7A) and Sex (3) for Population, for Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas 1 and Census Agglomerations, 1991 and 2001 Censuses - 20% Sample Data. Statistics Canada. 1 March 2007. http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census01/products/standard/themes/RetrieveProductTable.cfm?Temporal=2001&PID=55822&APATH=3&METH=1&PTYPE=55440&THEME=56&FOCUS=0&AID=0&PLACENAME=0&PROVINCE=0&SEARCH=0&GC=99&GK=NA&VID=0&VNAMEE=&VNAMEF=&FL=0&RL=0&FREE=0&GID=431634. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  11. ^ Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District
  12. ^ [1] - Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District
  13. ^ The Esplanade
  14. ^ Shortgrass Library System: Home
  15. ^ Chris Osgood's hockey statistics profile at hockeydb.com
  16. ^ Rooney, Sean, "Richard Hortness: A dream realized", Medicine Hat News, http://www.medicinehatnews.com/node/64454, retrieved 2010-02-09 
  17. ^ "Gone but not forgotten - Tremere". Home arrow Obituaries - Medicine Hat arrow TREMERE. gonebutnotforgotten.ca. 2008. http://gonebutnotforgotten.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3975&Itemid=81. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Medicine Hat [1] is a city in the Alberta Badlands region of Alberta.

It's also known as the Gas City thanks to its vast reserves of natural gas. Rudyard Kipling famously described it as the city with "all hell for a basement".

The name comes from the word Saamis, which is a native word that means Medicine Man's Hat. According to the 1983 centennial song "Hats Off to 100 Years!":

In eighteen-eighty-three, the Blackfoot fought the Cree
in a battle raging on near the South Saskatchewan.
In a ritual of defeat, the Medicine Man fell to the ground
and laid his feathered headdress down as a legend for our town.

Get in

You'll probably arrive in Medicine Hat on the TransCanada Highway (the #1), which is the principal highway crossing Canada. If you're travelling across Canada by car, you're almost certain to pass through this city. Alternatively, you can fly into the city from Calgary. Given the time that it takes to transfer within the airport, check in luggage and board (plus the inevitable delays that often accompany small planes), voyagers almost always better off going by car, bus or shuttle.

Get around

Medicine Hat buses run regularly 6:45am to 10:30 pm Monday through Friday, 10:45am to 10:45pm Saturday. It is important to note that you need to telephone Transit Dispatch (529-8214) in order to schedule a pick-up after peak hours (6:45pm). They will ask for your name and telephone number, and tell you what time your bus will pass by your stop. All passengers must wear shirts and shoes. You can also use J&L Shuttle offering daily trips to the city from Calgary. ( 528-8851 )

Transit does not provide any service on Sundays and Holidays.

See

The Medicine Hat Tourism office can be reached at 800-481-2822.

  • Like many smaller prairie towns, Medicine Hat has a "largest" something. The World's Largest Teepee was originally constructed for the 1988 Winter Olympic games in Calgary. The city has added original First Nations artwork to the interior panels. There was once a small gift shop adjacent to the site, which has been removed.
  • Downtown Medicine Hat is lit with 277 old-fashioned gas lights that burn around the clock.
  • Saint Patrick's Church is one of the largest continuously-poured concrete structures in the world, and a Heritage Site. It's a good example of "Gothic Revival" architecture
  • The city has opened a multi-million dollar arts and heritage center called The Esplanade, which houses the municipal museum, an art gallery, and a state-of-the-art performance space for touring and local productions, concerts, etc.
  • Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District, 713 Medalta Avenue SE; 529–1070, Fax: 580–5868, e-mail:info@medalta.org, [2]. May 14 Through September 5, 2005 9:30 To 5:00, daily. A rich abundance of fine clay made Medicine Hat a center for industrial cermaics. Most of the businesses are gone but the area has been set aside as a historic district. The district features examples of over 20,000 pieces of ceramic and pottery as well as a guided tour of the facilities and watching resident artists at work. Adults $6.00, Seniors 65 + $5.00, Youths 7 - 16 $5.00, Children 6 & under Free, Family Day Pass $25.00, 2005 Family Season Pass $45.00.
  • "Hatters" are proud supporters of their local WHL hockey team, the Medicine Hat Tigers. The games are fun and inexpensive, but tickets sell out within days of the season opener. An arena of 4006 houses some 3800 season ticket holders, leaving precious few remaining tickets to be snapped up.
  • There is a permanent pottery exhibition at the Clay Products Interpretive Centre, which houses the "Great Wall of China" (referring to the ceramic China, as opposed to the country). Medicine Hat was the home of both Medalta Pottery and Hycroft China, two of the most important industrial pottery factories in the early twentieth century.
  • Downtown Walking Tour; Maps for a self-guided walking tour can be found at the Tourism Office for free.

Buy

Medicine Hat obviously isn't a large metropolis, and downtown Medicine Hat does not offer megastores with an excellent variety at excellent prices. However, if you'll put your big-city condescension away for a minute, you'll find it to be funky, hip and small-town sincere. Especially look for second hand stores, which have yet to be picked over. Medicine Hat also offers a large mall with big box stores such as Sears, The Bay, and Zellers as well as a Galaxy Cinema center and large food court.

As well as the mall stores there is also a Wal-mart supercenter, Canadian Tire supercenter and many independent specialty stores.

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  • 502 south. best restaurant in the city- with lunch items under $10. Menu always changing with season, vancouver educated chef- gourmet. $10-25.  edit

Drink

Medicine Hat has several bars, but they are certainly not the "megaclubs" you would find in larger cities like Calgary. The nightclubs in town are The Corona, WYNZ, Gringos, The Club, The Silver Buckle, Ralph's Texas Bar and Steakhouse, Mario's, The Ottoman Lounge, The Octane and Whiskey Creek. BB's Dollhouse is an exotic dancing venue in nearby Redcliff.

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  • Echo Dale Regional Park; West of Medicine Hat; 527-7344; Site of restored 1887 house, a blacksmith shop and a coal mine.
  • Dinosaur Provincial Park; 107 kilometers northwest of Medicine Hat on Trans-Canada Highway 1; 378-4342; Hiking and guided tours through fossil beds. The Park is designated as a World Heritage Site. Adults - $8, Children (7-17) - $6
Routes through Medicine Hat
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Medicine Hat

  1. a town in Alberta, Canada.

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Medicine Hat is a town in the canadian province of Alberta.


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