Medicine Hat

Top things to see and do in Medicine Hat

Stop and stay a while at this energetic community

large metal teepee
The Saamis Teepee is a famous local landmark. — Mark Stephenson photo

With its strong First Nations heritage, western flair and artistic venues, Medicine Hat will keep you busy. Here are some attractions you will want to add to your itinerary:

1.) The Saamis Teepee

Initially constructed for Calgary's 1988 Winter Olympics, the Saamis Teepee pays tribute to the local First Nations people. The massive steel landmark includes 10 storyboards that reflect different cultural and historic elements. Below the teepee you can take a self-guided walking tour of the Saamis Archaelogical Site, where more than 83 million artifacts are believed to be buried.

2.) The Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede

Since 1887, the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede has been a local highlight of Medicine Hat, attracting people from all over the country. The annual Stampede takes place every summer, but you can also attend the Spring Rodeo in April, and other western-themed events throughout the year.

3.) Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

For all things artistic, head to Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre. There is a museum, art gallery and regular theatre productions held there. Keep checking their website for an ongoing list of special events.

4.) Medicine Hat Jazz Fest

Music lovers, you will be thrilled by Medicine Hat's popular annual Jazz Fest event. Make room in your summer schedule and watch top jazz musicians take the stage in a festive, relaxed atmosphere.

5.) The Historic Clay District

Designated a Canadian national historic site, the Historic Clay District incorporates a factory and beehive kilns, surrounded by the South Saskatchewan River clay cliffs. The site is home to a modern ceramic artists' studio, the Medalta Museum and a gift shop. You can peruse or purchase artwork, take a workshop and even kids can enjoy the art classes that are hosted there.

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