Unique Things to Do in Medicine Hat, Alberta

My stay was hosted by Tourism Medicine Hat. Opinions are my own.

Driving to Medicine Hat, Alberta, from the western province of British Columbia takes you from the desert-like region where I live, through the mountains surrounding Banff, to the flatlands of the prairies. Once I passed through the mountains, it seemed like I could see forever!

I had fun exploring Medicine Hat over a few days, and there are many more things to do than just the highlights I’m sharing.

The Saamis Teepee

When I drove into the city, the first thing I noticed was the Saamis Teepee—the world’s tallest teepee standing 215 feet high! It was originally built for the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988, then moved to Medicine Hat and now sits overlooking the Seven Persons coulee. You can take a self-guided walking tour to explore the Saamis Archaeological Site where over 83 million artefacts are buried.

Saamis Teepee, Medicine Hat, Alberta. World's tallest teepee.

Medalta in the Historic Clay District

A surprise for me was visiting Medalta, a museum and contemporary ceramic arts facility located in the Historic Clay District of Medicine Hat. The gallery hosts displays of pottery creations from many decades, with a shop where you can purchase modern-day ceramic products. We ventured through the factory and watched the staff create new art pieces. I’ll leave that to the experts. Anything I create explodes in the kiln! The biggest surprise for me was descending the stairs and stepping into history. We toured the archaeological site and viewed the brick-making process using the abundant supply of clay in the area.

The Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

The Esplanade is a community museum that highlights the beautiful work of local artists. Currently, there are over 25,000 artifacts that showcase the past and present residents of Medicine Hat. I was drawn to the old-fashioned television and chair, which reminded me of the ones my grandparents had when I was growing up.

The Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat, Alberta

Where to Drink & Dine (for real)

Medicine Hat offers many dining options. On this visit, we chose just a few, but we will need to go back and discover even more!

Madhatter Roastery

I’m definitely coming back to Madhatter Roastery next time I’m in the city! The smell of fresh-roasted coffee in the storefront and watching the roasting process were highlights for me. I think that having that experience made their coffee taste even better!

Hell’s Basement Brewery

This 2-year-old brewery is worth a visit and tour, even if you don’t drink beer! I really enjoyed the apple cider, and thanks to a very informative tour, I gained a lot of knowledge of the brewing industry. It just so happened that the Cheezy Bizness food truck stopped by while we were there. We feasted on amazing grilled cheese sandwiches with an extra special twist called The Hot Mess. You’ve got to try it!!

Heartwood Café

This café has a homey, casual feel, and I felt comfortable walking in. The food was fresh and delicious, and they accommodated my food allergies. For me, the impression was one of a cozy home where people gather to eat, relax, and play board games. Yes, they have a vast selection of games to play and some for sale as well.

Heartland Café, Medicine Hat, Alberta

Ralph’s Steakhouse

Ralph’s is a restaurant and a pub, so ensure you are in the right place. Of course, we wanted the dining room for the specialty Alberta beef meals. I feasted on the mouth-watering prime rib, slow-cooked in a specialty oven, and served Yorkshire pudding. It was so delicious, and my photo does not do it justice; you’ll have to try it yourself.

Ralph's, Medicine Hat, Alberta

Redwood Steakhouse & Bar

Redwood Steakhouse is a perfect place to dine at the Medicine Hat Lodge, especially if you stay at the hotel. I’ve heard others talk about Beef Wellington for years, so I thought I’d try perfection! Executive Chef Tim Schorno outdid himself on the menu. Thank you for including my favourite vegetable, roasted Brussels sprouts.

Redwood Steakhouse, Medicine Hat, Alberta

Where to Stay

On this visit, I stayed at the Medicine Hat Lodge, one of Southern Alberta’s only four-star resort hotels, and had a wonderful experience—even though I lost money in the casino. It just means I have to go back to win my money back! My suite featured a hot steam shower, which I took advantage of each evening. It’s located in a nice, central location with easy access to the highway.

Medicine Hat Lodge, Alberta

Cypress Hills Provincial Park

Just 40 minutes from Medicine Hat, Cypress Hills Provincial Park is a beautiful recreation area. To find this area, head for Elkwater and follow the signs. It was a gorgeous summer day, and many families played on the beach, paddled boarding, canoeing, swimming, and boating! There are many trails and marsh areas for bird-watching, and of course, you must visit Camp Cookhouse and General Store for some fantastic food. Becky Ross, a Top Chef Canada Contestant, and her partner Alex Bruveris, who trained at George Brown, create delicious food! I tried the latkes and need to go back for more.

Day Trip to Writing-on-Stone National Park

If you have time for a day trip on your visit to Medicine Hat, I recommend the 2-hour drive to Writing-on-Stone National Park. The day I visited, it became the newest UNESCO Heritage Site! Next time I see, I will spend the day at the park and take a walk-in tour of the rock paintings. There is also a nice campground along the river where you can enjoy swimming and boating for those who stay longer.

Live Music

On this trip Blue Rodeo was performing at the Canalta Centre, it was the perfect end to my weekend in Medicine Hat!

Blue Rodeo, Medicine Hat

For more information on Medicine Hat, visit the Medicine Hat Tourism’s website.

My stay was hosted by Tourism Medicine Hat. Opinions are my own.

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