Try the beer here
Medicine Hat has a small but exciting craft beer scene and our final destination for the day is one of the several in the city. The Medicine Hat Brewing Company names each of its beers after a historically significant local landmark or person. With award-winning brewmaster Mitch Dalrymple in the brewhouse and Red Seal Chef Brennan Vancuren in the kitchen, this place turns out fine brews paired delish eats, and when possible, with locally sourced ingredients.
I confess I’m not a beer drinker, but Aaron tells me "There's something for everyone," and pours me a flight. “We want people to have the best experience here so they want to keep drinking craft beer in other places."
I’m pleasantly surprised by the tasty fruit beers, especially the Burnside Blood Orange Ale. The lightly hopped blonde ale goes down easy.
Like the beers, I’ve found Medicine Hat full of surprises and instantly likeable – from the foodie and arts scene to all the outdoor activities, I could easily see myself spending a lot more time here, especially if it comes with a big dose of Vitamin D.
Medicine Hat has an energetic arts and culture scene. Here are few places to check out:
Downtown Medicine Hat Art Walk: Go on your own tour of local art galleries, and see artists at work in their studios. Get a brochure at the Visitor Centre or download the PDF brochure here.
Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre: Experience art exhibits, talks, tours, and workshops in the 3,000-square-foot gallery.
Medalta: Learn about the ceramics industry in this innovative museum in the Historic Clay District with original buildings and beehive kilns.
Medicine Hat Family Leisure Centre: Get moving at this 218,000-square-foot facility with swimming pool, waterslide, wave pool, lazy river, kiddy pool; Olympic size ice rink; fitness centre, indoor running track; indoor field house; gymnasium; and many outdoor facilities, including a large BMX track.
Monarch Theatre: Enjoy a movie at the oldest running theatre in Canada around since 1911. The owner can often be seen in period dress just before show time. Regular shows are on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Saamis Tepee: Check out one of the world’s tallest tepees near the Medicine Hat Visitor Centre at the edge of a Blackfoot buffalo jump.
In-town outdoors fun
Medicine Hat has extensive walking and biking trails and great parks. Check these out:
Police Point Park Found along the South Saskatchewan River, it's prime for wildlife spotting. Rent cross-country skis and snowshoes in the winter, and offers hikning and biking in summer at the interpretive centre
Strathcona Island Park along the river, is close to downtown with biking trails, playground, ball diamond, ice skating, and fire pits.
Kin Coulee Park down the hill from the Saamis Tepee has a skateboard park, ball diamonds, beach volleyball courts, playgrounds, and picnic area.
Central Park has play structures, a spray park, and street basketball court.
Out of town parks
Echodale Regional Park has a man-made lake, beach, canoe rentals. Paddle and fish in summer, ice skate in winter.
Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Year-round outdoor fun, including camping, beaches, mountain biking, stargazing, Hidden Valley Ski Resort, cross-country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, cabins, and back-country huts.
Medicine Hat is 295 km southeast of Calgary on the TransCanada Highway.
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