Medicine Hat

This tour through the Canadian Badlands takes you to Medicine Hat, Canada's sunniest city.  Take an interpretive tour of Medalta Potteries at Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic Site, attend spectacular theatre performances and enjoy the 92 kilometers of walking, hiking and biking trails.

Be sure to look up driving times before you depart. A full list of visitor centers as well as contact information for attractions on this tour can be found by downloading the tour document.

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Tour Route

1. Part One highlights - City of Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat was born lucky. Located where the Canadian Pacific Railway crosses the South Saskatchewan River, and its claim to fame- an abundance of natural gas, the sky was the limit. A thriving art community, and a historic downtown with shops and cafes, are proof of the community’s commitment to its roots. Medicine Hat has some of the most unique attractions for everyone to enjoy.

Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District

  • Take an interpretive tour of the original factory and beehive kilns of Medalta Potteries

  • Start your own collection of prized Medalta crockery from the gift shop

Police Point Park Nature Centre

  • Join a naturalist to investigate the 200-year old cottonwood trees

  • Add a couple new species to your bird list

2. Part Two highlights - Historic Medicine Hat

The next stop on your tour is Historic Downtown Medicine Hat. Take in the impressive towers of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, a national historic site. The stately church features soaring buttresses of French Gothic Revival style with Italian marble, woodwork, and stained glass inside (ask for a self-guided brochure in the church’s parish office).

Historic Downtown Medicine Hat

  • Explore heritage buildings on a walking tour

  • Admire the detailed woodwork of St. Barnabas Anglican Church

Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
  • Discover museum displays chronicling Medicine Hat's rich history

  • Attend spectacular theatre performances and concerts

3. Part Three highlights - Echo Dale Regional Park

Echo Dale Regional Park, the last stop on the tour, is an excellent place for a picnic or swim. Play some beach volley ball or cast for Rainbow Trout in Canada’s sunniest city.

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