Tongue on the Post kiln performance at Medalta in the Historic Clay District
Riders on the Falcon Punch trail overlooking the South Saskatchewan river.
Turn Turn Turn (A Resting Place) public art by Blake Senini at The Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
Legend of the Saamis mural in City Hall created by James Marshal. Discover more of James Marshal’s work on page 22
Medicine Hat’s Name Medicine Hat inherited its name from the native word “Saamis” which is loose- ly translated as “medicineman’s hat.”
The Great Spirit told theman to spend the night on the small island (Strathcona) and “in themorning when the sun lights the cut- banks, go to the base of the great cliffs and there you will find a bag containing med- icines and a Saamis (holy bohnet)”. The hat, he was told, was to be worn only in war, and would ensure victory to the wearer. Aided by themagic of his Saamis, the young hunter located themuch-needed game, saved his people, and eventu- ally became a great Medicine Man. Thus, the first “medicine hat”; a symbol of leadership, prowess, andmysticism on the western plains, came into exis- tence. The city which was destined to The Medicine Hat 2020 Experience Guide is produced and printed for free distribution in Canada by TourismMedicine Hat. Tourism Medicine Hat is managed by the Medicine Hat Destination Marketing Organization under contract through the City of Medicine Hat. Partners of TourismMedicine Hat provide information for this guide and every effort is made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of printing. TourismMedicine Hat assumes no responsibility for any unpredict- able errors, changes and/or omissions. Printed in Canada
perpetuate with its name was founded at the location of the ancient legend. In 1883, the Canadian Pacific Railway stopped to build a train bridge across the South Saskatchewan River. With the con- struction, a tent town was born taking the name from the numerous legends. A near- by hill was marked by the name Medicine Hat on a map of the Department of Interior the same year. In the CPR’s search for wa- ter, their drills accidentally struck natural gas west of town, heralding the exploration that mapped out one of the largest gas fields in North America, providing Medicine Hat with its moniker “The Gas City”.
Several legends tell this story, one of which is beautifully depicted in a sculp- tured brick mural at City Hall. The legend tells of a winter with great famine and hardship for the Blackfoot nation. The elders of the Council chose a young man to save his tribe from starvation. After many arduous days hemade his way to the “breathing hole”, an opening in the ice of the South Saskatchewan River believed to be the place of the Great Spirit. The young hunter made camp and summoned the spirits who appeared in the formof a serpent. Medicine Hat Visitor Information @TourismMedicineHat @TourismMedHat @TourismMedicineHat TourismMedicineHat.com 403.527.6422 1.800.481.2822 330 Gehring Road SW Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada Cover Image features mural art by Josh Creighton. See our Downtown Mural page on pages 18 and 19.
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Transporting you to key locations in Medicine Hat 11-23 Historic Downtown
A hub for history, art, coffee culture and unique shops 24-25 Medalta in the Historic Clay District A Medicine Hat landmark in history and culture 26-27 Saamis Tepee Stand beneath the tepee and learn the indigenous history of the region 30-34 Food Culture A taste of dining options to enjoy 35-40 Cypress Hills This Interprovincial Park is filled with outdoor recreation possibilities 41-45 Beverages! A trio of breweries, a distillery and locally made kombucha 50-55 Sport & Leisure Golf, recreation facilities, motosports, and professional games are all here 56-57 City Parks Majestic parks filled with wildlife and trails to pedal or stroll through 58-59 Cycling Paved and dirt trails to enjoy for every style of cyclist 60-61 City Map A simple map to help you navigate 62-65 Landscapes &Nearby Attractions Short drives to amazing outdoor landscapes and attractions 66-67 Camping A guide to camping adventures inside the city and short drives away 70-73 Hotels Hotel listing and their amenities
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Medalta in the Historic Clay District 24
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Medalta in the Historic Clay District
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Historic Downtown Downtown Medicine Hat’s architecture is largely influenced by the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1883,
contemporary ceramic arts center, the Esplanade, and numerous studios and arts organizations in the downtown core. As for downtown itself, many of those early rail-inspired brick buildings are still standing and are occupied by cool independent retailers, coffee shops,
studios, and breweries who have encour- aged evenmore creative expression. Many downtown business owners have in- vited local and international graffiti artists to share their work on the sides of their businesses. The result is a bright collection of community and artistic expression.
and subsequent discoveries of clay and natural gas. Today, Medicine Hat’s positivemomentum is guided by an artistic culture, anchored by Medalta’s
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Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre Live the past, present and future of Culture inMedicine Hat! Your cultural experience of Medicine Hat starts in the city’s core nestled in the South Saskatchewan River valley. After turning on historic First Street and winding your
artifacts, archival and art collections, music, dance and theatre, andmore. Esplanade volunteers and staff are eager to help visitors discover Medicine Hat. In the permanent museumexhibit, guests will see how the city came to be, through themany stories and artifacts within. Nearby, the Heritage Gallery regularly features travelling and in-house curated exhibitions. Right next door, the 3,000 square foot Art Gallery showcases the finest contemporary art fromhere and
way towards downtown, the attractive Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre stands at the first set of lights. This marvel of contemporary Canadian architecture is regarded as a gem in the community and region. The building beckons you inside where arts and heritage come to life through art and heritage exhibitions,
esplanade.ca 403.502.8580 401 First St SE
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beyond. And finally, a stop at the archives reveals an immense heritage through more than onemillion documents and photos. Some of them are exhibited as part of the Archives Vignette in the gallery foyer, presenting another chapter of the community’s story. During the week, the dedicated Archives Reading Room staff is more than willing to help you access your own story or connection to “the Hat”. The Esplanade is the perfect starting point to live the past, present and future of
culture in Medicine Hat. Explore the stories of the area’s collective past, check out local to international contemporary art, re- search family history, attend a theatre per- formance, bring children to an art program or simply enjoy the view from the rooftop terrace. From there, you can see the histor- ic Ewart Duggan House and Courthouse, City Hall, Finlay Bridge, and St. Patrick’s Church, and also Saamis; the shoreline escarpment which is the setting for the story of howMedicine Hat got its name.
The galleries are open Monday to Friday 10 AM to 5 PM and Saturday Noon to 5 PM. When holding tickets to a theatre performance, access to the gallery is complimentary.
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Fifth AvenueMemorial United Church Talk about irony–in the samemonth the Fifth Avenue church celebrated paying their mortgage with a ceremonial burn- ing, there was a fire that burned so hot, the stained glass had to be replaced.
Cypress Club In the early twentieth century, as US journalists made Medicine Hat the butt of jokes about supplying bad weather, a vote was set to take place regarding a city name change. Those in favour of the city’s name gathered at the Cypress Club and drafted a letter to English author, Rudyard Kipling, asking him to weigh in. His impassioned response arrived in Medicine Hat weeks later, urging the city to “proudly go forward as Medicine Hat – the only city officially recognized as capable of freezing out the United States and giving the continent cold feet.” Thanks to that letter, Medicine Hat was here to stay.
found on page 14 to identify their locations downtown.
Courthouse It is little known outside of Medicine Hat, but during WorldWar II, the city was home to Canada’s largest prisoner of war camp, which held 12,000 prisoners, more than the population of the city. St. John’s Presbyterian Church The first church building downtown, St. John’s also served as the first school- house. At a 1901 meeting, a woman named Mrs. Blatchford proposed the building of a new church that could be a better representation of a growing congregation. Themotion was carried, and the church standing today was officially opened in September 1902.
St. Barnabas Anglican Church If you look at the orientation of St.
Barnabas Anglican Church, you will notice it does not directly line up with True North. Instead, it is laid out exactly east and west in relation to the sunrise on St. Barnabas Day (a few degrees different). Go ahead, come back on June 11 and see for yourself. Hull Block At seventeen years old, WilliamRoper Hull moved to Canada fromEngland to work on a relative’s farm. Ever ambitious, he and his brother grew a small Calgary butcher shop business intoWestern Canada’s first systematic beef processing operation. He built buildings across Alberta, including downtown Medicine Hat’s largest and most significant building, the Hull Block.
The Cypress Club
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Beveridge Building In the early twentieth century, Hatters were optimistic about their future, thanks to a manufacturing boom centered on natural gas and clay deposits. That optimism lead to the construction of several large, remarkable buildings like the Beveridge Building. Furniture was sold here from 1911-1984, and it has recently been brought back to life as an events space. Turpin Block Another example of building in optimistic times can be found in the Turpin Block, which was built in 1905. It is considered to be one of the first buildings designed by architect WilliamT. Williams after his arrival from the United States. What you see of the Turpin Block to- day is approximately one-third of the full building, which was damaged by fire in 1999. The original building was recreated at Calgary’s Heritage Park.
Hargrave-Sissons Block Brothers-in-law James Hargrave and Dan Sissons came to Medicine Hat in 1883 and set up a ranch on Riverside and built a wooden store downtown and a trading post at Fort Carlton on the North Saskatchewan. They often traded goods for livestock and even buffalo bones. Hargrave became known as the “Great Bone King”. The store pictured above was built in 1901, replacing the original store. Canadian Pacific Railway Station Thanks to early reports that Southern Alberta was unsuitable for agriculture, engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, origi- nally proposed the CPR avoid Southern Alberta altogether (he also designed Canada’s first postage stamp and advocated for worldwide standard time). If it wasn’t for a CPR decision to overturn Sandford’s decision, this Chateau-style station (one of the finest in Canada) would never have been built.
During WorldWar I, this branch took great pride in their staffmembers’ effort on the battlefield. Sgt JCMatheson was a mem- ber of the 10th Battalion and left a heart- felt letter detailing his battalion’s role in the second Battle of Ypres. With bullet holes in his helmet, no food or water, and dying soldiers all around, he pondered “how I ever came through is a mystery tome.” Monarch Theatre “Can’t we figure out some scheme to make a bunch of coin this year?” asked WB Finlay, one of Medicine Hat’s early businessmen. When the answer to this question was to farm, he exclaimed: “well dammit then, let’s grow wheat!” WB Finlay would eventually focus his entrepreneurial skill on building Medicine Hat’s Monarch Theatre. It stands today as the oldest in Alberta, predating the Fort MacLeod theatre by months.
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Somnium (the Face) Anchored by a piece by Toronto-based Bacon , this wall is another excellent exam- ple of classic graffiti. Baconmade a name for himself through his colourful works lin- ing the streets of Toronto. His Medicine Hat piece, titled Somnium (the Face), brings life to Medicine Hat’s historic Assiniboia Hotel. Tunnel Vision South Railway St. — In 1988, theWinter Olympics were held in the city of Calgary, only 300 kilometers Northwest of Medicine Hat. A legacy project of those Olympics was theWorld’s Largest Tepee, which is now on display in Medicine Hat. This mural features an artistic silhouette of the tepee during a particularly bright Medicine Hat summer sunset. This vibrant piece is a combined effert by Will Oskam , Sonz1 and California-based FASMCreative .
walls of Canada’s sunniest city. This was a collaborative effort by Australia-based artist c4m71 and local artist Will Oskam . Growing Hope in our Community The Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter and Station Coffee Company teamed up to promote a feeling of hope with this mural by Sarah Slaughter Art . “Growing Hope in Our Community” is a positivemessage that is designed as a reminder that no one should have to endure family vio- lence, and there are those who can help. Exposure Southern Alberta-based
found on page 14 to identify their locations downtown. Deer in the City
Another one of Medicine Hat’s original murals, and one of the largest in the city, this piece features young deer, which are native to Southern Alberta. Created by local artist Wendy Struck , this mural has a fitting name. As Medicine Hat’s location in the South Saskatchewan River valley means that deer are a com- mon sight, even in the downtown core. Penny Profit Easily the best and largest example of classic graffiti in Medicine Hat, this mural takes up nearly the entire back wall of the long-standing Penny Profit discount store. Themural depicts a highly styl- ized graffiti artist spraying graffiti on the
artist Josh Creighton explores dimensions between composition and complementary color configurations. His art is featured on our cover.
Somnium (the Face)
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North Railway St Side — In a rail town, it’s only fitting that a rail yard separates the city’s downtown in two. To connect the two districts, an underground tun- nel was constructed. The bright colours of this abstract, motion-inspiredmural invites you to take your journey one step further. There are no wrong side of the tracks here. This piece, titled Tunnel Vision, was completed by artists Will Oskam and Josh Creighton . Tunnel Interior —Medicine Hat’s down- town tunnel has been transformed into a showcase for dozens of local graffiti artists , sponsored and vetted by the Medicine Hat-based Pop Up Parks organi- zation. As with all art, it starts underground before emerging for the world to see.
Asil Petr This piece was created by Mediah who has nearly 25 years of street art experi- ence, and is represented by Los Angeles- based Can’t Be Stopped, one of themost respected street art labels in the world. Mediah’s work can be found across Canada and the United States, and as far away as Barcelona, Sao Baulo, and Johannesburg.
Vehicle Underpass One of themost striking murals is also one of the easiest tomiss. Mereminutes from the Riverside Veteran’s Memorial Park, this bright, colourful mural was lead by street artist Doktoer and Jesse Gouchey , as an homage tomissing andmurdered indig- enous women. Across Canada, there are hundreds of unsolved cases of murdered or missing indigenous women where the RCMP say there was no foul play. This mu- ral is a reminder that all life has value, and wemust not turn a blind eye to injustice.
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Station Coffee Comapny
Station Coffee Company
Inspire Studio, Gallery and Cafe
Madhatter Roastery This quirky place roasts freshly imported beans from all over the world to perfec- tion. Fresh roast beans can be ground and bagged to suit your home brewing machine. The staff will treat you like family andmake you feel like you’ve found your second home. Oh, and full in-housemenu. Pro Tip: Follow the rich, toasted aromas wafting out onto the street. @MadhatterRoastery Indy Coffee Tour 2
Station Coffee Company A hip shop with exposed brick walls and an always buzzing espressomachine. The baristas have some impressive creations up their sleeves, including The Root Beer Godfather, a chilled concoctionmade up of local Hell’s Basement root beer, two shots of espresso, and a little bit of cream. Pro Tip: Ask your barrista which lavish baking would pair with your coffee choice. @StationCoffeeCompany
Inspire Studio, Gallery & Café A bright and roomy gallery which show- cases the original artwork of a variety of local artists. You’ll find inspired comfort food like sandwiches, delicious homemade soups, freshly roasted coffee, specialty tea ‘bible’ and in-housemade desserts.
Pro Tip: Ask about the Monarch Theatre dinner and amovie deal. @inspirestudioandcafe @InspireCafe1 inspireart.ca 403.548.2233 675 2nd Street SE
@mhroastery @mhroastery 403.529.2344 513 3rd Street SE
@StationCoffeeCo @stationcoffeeco stationcoffeeco.ca 403.529.1115 644 2 ST SE
Finished the tour and looking for lunch? Just across Finlay Bridge over the South Saskatchewan River sits the lovely Zucchini BlossomMarket & Cafe . A short drive fromdowntown, Café Verve on Dunmore Road will share their passion for coffee, tea, fresh-made food and livemusic with you.
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Turn Turn Turn (A Resting Place) by Blake Senini
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Turn Turn Turn (A Resting Place) Located at the Esplanade at 401-1 St SE. Aluminum and Concrete sculpture by Blake Senini (2011). Germans fromRussia Also located at the Esplanade at 401-1 St SE. Bronze sculpture by JimHauser (2011). Day and Night 3 St SE alley at 5 Ave SE, Miywasin
found on page 14 to identify their locations downtown.
The aimof public art in any city is to display pieces that are not only pleasing to the eye but to tell a story about the place they are seen or to stir a little thoughtful controversy. Medicine Hat’s public art does that in a broad range of media and ad- dressing a variety of subjects. Stone, bronze, steel, brick, stone and paint- edmurals are all represented. Medicine Hat is a complex and interesting prairie city that is still close to it’s early roots and the industries that founded it. Its people and history are depicted traditionally in some of the art while others celebrate the vibrant new energy that we find in our community today.
Centre. Exterior latex paint- ing by Wendy Struck (2013). Reka (River)
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Located in BATUS Park at the corner of 2 St SE and 6 Ave SE. Steel and concrete sculp- ture by J.R. Cooper & R. MacInnis (2012). North Railway Exchange Found at 4 St SE at North Railway St. on the side of MacKenzie Drugs. Painting by YMCA Summer Students (1998).
Pick up a completemap of Medicine Hat’s Public Art at the Esplanade and Visitor Information Centre
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St. John’s Presbyterian Church St John’s is Medicine Hat’s oldest church, standing since 1902. On the outside wall along Second Street, two of Marshall’s murals can be found, depicting religious themes. One depicts Christ on the cross, while the second shows Christ with a small congregation huddled around a child. BATUS Park BATUS Park is a small downtown park where Medicine Hat’s first City Hall stood. Marshall’s mural commemorates the importance of the Britishmilitary, which operates the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) 30 kilometres from town. The unit has deep roots in Canada’s
RiversideMemorial Park & Bandshell Heron Fountain. When it was decided to beautify this idyllic downtown park, James was asked for input on a water feature. His idea was so well-received, it became a focal point to those who entered the park, with themural of two herons among branches are one of Marshall’s most intricate works. Bandshell. A wonderful summary of Medicine Hat’s heritage. From its importance as a First Nations gathering place to one of Western Canada’s most important early industrial centers, this mural weaves centuries of stories together.
found on page 14 to identify their locations downtown.
Who is James Marshall? James Marshall is exceptionally curious about the environment in which he lives, and proud of his province. His brick relief murals can be found across Canada but, being born and raised in Medicine Hat, there is a concentration of several mas- terpieces commemorating local legends, historic moments, and religious icons. Downtown Medicine Hat is a great place to start your immersion in this Albertan treasure, withmany murals within walking distance of some of Alberta’s finest cafès. What’s even better, you’re in Canada’s sunniest city so it’s almost guaranteed you’ll have a pleasant day for a walk.
sunniest city with ties to Canada’s largest WorldWar II POWCamp.
The Stations of the Cross
City Hall Marshall’s first mural shows the Legend of the Saamis, fromwhich the city of Medicine Hat draws its name. According to legend, a harsh winter forced Blackfoot elders to send a young tribesman, his new wife, and wolf dog to save the starving tribe. Following the frozen South Saskatchewan River, the group found Medicine Hat’s river valley. After sum- moning spirits from an unfrozen hole in the river, a giant serpent emerged and asked for sacrifice in exchange for special powers of hunting prowess. To this day, that hole in the river never freezes.
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and National Historic Site St. Patrick’s Catholic Church is one of Medicine Hat’s most visible land- marks. Inside, the ascension of Christ can be found, completing Marshall’s Stations of the Cross. It is the 17th of Marshall’s Stations of the Cross, with the first 16 found a block away. Stations of the Cross In 1995, Marshall was asked by a group of Catholic nuns to depict Jesus’ con- demnation, crucifixion, rise and as- cension in a series of 17 murals. Soon after beginning, his studio was hit with the flood of 1995, collapsing mural 13. Luckily, it was rebuilt and installed in time for the turn of themillennium.
Heron Fountain in Riverside Memorial Park
Sunshine Trolley Stop
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Medalta in the Historic Clay District @medalta @medalta @medalta medalta.org 403.529.1070 713 Medalta Ave SE
change. Our entire campus is the result of a dedicated restoration effort sup- ported by the local community and all three levels of government. The result is a stunning context for dynamic experi- ences. Medalta is a venue for community economic development, educational programming, artistic expression and practice, and heritage preservation. Medalta runs a social enterprise business, Plainsman Clays, whichmanufactures and distributes clay and clay products throughout Canada and into the US.
Our education program is a leader in delivering experienced based, hands- on learning opportunities for everyone, frompreschoolers to adults fromevery walk of life. Chances are, as you tour the museum you will encounter a group of children figuring out gear ratios in the Old Factory, or making archaeological videos. Our Artist in Residence program attracts artists from around the world to Medicine Hat in order to conduct engaging re- search in proximal learning environments. Resident artists live in the Historic Clay District at our BMO Artist Lodge, teach in our Education program and sum- mer camps, as well as contribute to the Exhibition programming in the Yuill Gallery.
Imagine a place where you can breathe in traces of our industrial heritage, learn through hands-on activities, be inspired by artistic expression, and experience the heart of community in Medicine Hat. Medalta in the Historic Clay District is that place. Medalta is a National Historic Site that has been converted into an indus- trial heritagemuseum. Far from a static museum, Medalta is a dynamic space that activates community and inspires
TOUR INFO Self-guided tours of this amazing facility are available all year long and in the sum- mer there is the opportunity for guided tours of not only our dynamic museum but also the Medicine Hat Brick and Tile Factory, an enormous facility that now lays dormant after producing billions of bricks over a hundred year period. Opportunities for guided tours and clay experiences can be found at medalta.org/tours We look forward to you being a part of the Medalta community! #community #learning #creativity #heritage #mymedalta
Our Gift Shop sells unique gifts and fea- tures pottery that is manufactured by arti- sans on site frommaterials that aremined fromwithin 200 km and fired using energy pumped fromunder the facility. Enjoy a cup of Jiggerman’s Joe coffee and granola bars, chocolate, and local beef jerky after exploring all that Medalta has to offer. With an emphasis onmaterial, we take lessons fromour industrial and entrepre- neurial past and align themwith social, artistic, and business priorities to create an enriching, relevant, and forward-thinking cultural organization that engages local, regional, and international audiences.
For information on our free events happening throughout the summer, check our website at medalta.org/community
Saamis Tepee Where is it from and how did it get to Medicine Hat? The Tepee was originally built for the 1988Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. After being moved to Medicine Hat, assembly of themajor structural elements of the Saamis Tepee began October 20th, 1991 and was completed in less than one week. The Saamis Tepee has a foundation weight of 800metric tons and the dead load of the structure is 200metric tons. Themainmasts of the Tepeemeasure 215 feet (equivalent to a 20 story building!) and the diameter of the Tepee is 160 feet. There are 960 bolts holding the Tepee together. The Storyboards Within the circle of the Tepee, ten illus- trated storyboards are visible. These boards were all hand-painted and represent a variety of influences and history of First Nations heritage.
Most of the tools shown are still primi- tive andmost of the activities and skills shown are traditional and time-honoured. Around the bottomhalf of the border are traditional outfits. The top half of the border shows some of the animals that my ancestors shared the land with and used for food,clothing and shelter. Tobacco was used inmany ceremonies and rituals Plains Cree Ceremonies
The blue circle, where Eagle Birth and his woman are drawn in is our world and the little blue circle is themerman world. The green half of the picture is the colour of deep water. The yellow depicts the bright- ness of our own world. The Eagle feathers are the truths by which every man lives.
The Blackfoot Confederacy Interpretation and Painting by Henry Standingalone This scene depicts the things that
Interpretation and Painting by Robert Anderson This painting represents some of themany ceremonies
are important to Blackfoot people yester- day and today. The sun was worshiped for its life-giving source to the Blackfoot peo- ple. The buffalo skull represents the Power and Spirit of the traditional food source and the painted symbols on it represent: Sun in the center, pairs of Sun Dogs on each side, Crescent Moon above, Morning Star below, and Hail Stones, or Thunder, all around. The tepee represents the main household that was originally made frombuffalo hides, The Seven Moons is a representation of the Legend of the Dipper and all the legends that have been passed down from generation to generation. Plains CreeWay of Life Interpretation and Painting by Nona Foster
in our Cree culture. The tour ribbons are representative of the four directions. The sweet lodge can be used to ask for guidance from the spirit powers, for a time of prayer, or as part of a ritualistic cleans- ing prior to any ceremony such as the Sundance. In Cree culture, the peace pipe plays a very important role. A pipe is lit to call upon the spirit powers. The smoking of the peace pipe also symbolizes peace and friendship. The stone border has engraved Cree symbolic lettering, which says “Plains Cree Ceremonies.” The rock is strong and by having the title engraved in it shows that the strength of our culture will never be destroyed and is permanent in its ways.
The Legend: HowMedicine Hat Got its Name Interpretation and Painting by Joseph Hind Bull
The scene depicts the sad- ness that overcomes Eagle Birth and his new bride for the sacrifice of a fel- low human to themerman. Themer- man is excited over his newmeal. The Tepee is the gift the otter man has giv- en Eagle Birth to use on his Tepee design.
In the center of this design is a late fall or early winter camp-
site, The trees are bare and it has snowed, the people are going about their business and preparing for colder days to come.
The Plains lndians Interpretation and Painting by Manybears The relationship betweenman
Treaty #7 Interpretation and Painting by Henry Standingalone
First Peoples Today Interpretation and Painting by Marilyn Fraser—King Even though there is a passing of our Native culture from the old world into the new, we have kept our songs and sang them. To this day we still pass on the feath- er, we still sing. we still hear the stories, we still listen to the wind, and we still feel the power of the Northern Lights. It is a time to walk a path of treasure and enlightenment. This painting depicts the acceptance of both worlds and their challenges.” Circle of Unity – stormy sky, but there are breaks in the clouds and the life giving sun is shining through. Pointing towards the sun and bright light, the native warrior holds his peace pipe invoking the wisdomof the Great Spirit. The pipe represents the unity of all people and all things in the universe. The crossed circle is one of the very earliest forms inscribed by humans to express the cosmos, life has no beginning or end, and it is a symbol of unity. The cross pieces represent the directions. The different races of people are por- trayed here by different coloured hands. Multiculturalism Interpretation and Painting by Nona Foster This is set on a dark and
In the fall of 1877, Treaty #7 was signed at the Blackfoot crossing between the Blackfoot and the Queen‘s government. The five Chiefs depicted in the picture are: Chief Crowfoot from the Siksika Tribe, Chief Red Crow from the Blood Tribe, Chief Bears Paw of the Stony Tribe, Chief Eagle Tail of the Peigan Tribe, and Chief Bull Head of the Tsuu Tina tribe. Sharing the Pipe Ceremony represents the peace between two parties. The promises in the treaty were that the Blackfoot would be ensured their survival and a con- tinued way of life for as long as the sun shines, grasses grow and the rivers flow. TheMetis of the Plains Interpretation and Painting by Nona Foster The Metis people came from a meeting of two powerful human cultures and the emergence of a new and distinct people This is shown by the native woman and the pale skin man. The Metis sash originated in Quebec and was worn by the French Voyagers. The thistle represents the Scots, and the yarrow shows that these people still need plants in their medicines. The “North West Half Breed Commission” paper is shown because the signing of the scrip gave the native people a small amount of cash and took away their treaty rights.
and nature’s survival. The symbol of the buffalo was our main source of providing man with food, shelter, clothing and tools, As you see in the painting, the buffalo has no eyes. He surrendered his being to the Plains Indians. The eagle is our spiritual direction and symbolizes our creator. The eagle sees that man is aware of his values and surroundings. The circle represents the creation of universe and unity. Our creator mademan and woman to carry on our native culture and traditional way of life. The tepee is our shelter and our birth- place to continue the generations of life. Arrival of the Europeans Interpretation and Painting by Marilyn Fraser-King these new people with open arms. Within these arms held trust, kindness and wonder. Little did native people know that these explorers would initiate a transformation that revolu- tionized the First People‘s civilization. Nomore was there the spirit of free- dom that man belonged to the land. The original human settlers of the Americas welcomed
Miywasin Story Tour at the Saamis Tepee Site
Miywasin Story Tour Experience Medicine Hat’s
What’s Included: » Transportation pick up & drop off fromdowntown Medicine Hat » Guided tour of Saamis Tepee, Saamis Archaeological Site, and what was the Métis Community in Saratoga Park » Explore the Saamis Tepee site on your own » Participate in preparing bannock and other traditional food » Gather together and share in the cel- ebration of our Indigenous cultures. Special group packages/rates avail- able upon request. Additional trans- portation can be provided for a fee. TO BOOK call 1.800.481.2822 Tours@TourismMedicineHat.com
Métis Community in Saratoga Park The original Métis community in Medicine Hat is now part of the trail system, and is lush with chokecherries. Walk with us as we share the land and tell its stories. Miywasin Friendship Centre Join in a hands-on, elder lead cook- ing experience of delicious tradi- tional foods such as Bannock with chokecherry jam, a cultural icon. Intimate conversation guaranteed. Pro Tip: Come 15minutes before the tour andmeet the crew at Madhatter Roastery!
Indigenous history through our local guide’s eyes. An integral part of the preservation and expression of culture in indigenous communities
woven with social and political commentary.
Saamis Tepee Our story begins at the Saamis Tepee. The hand-painted illustrated story- boards represent a variety of influenc- es and history of Indigenous heritage. Listen as they are interpreted through your local guides experiences. Saamis Archaeological Site Below the Saamis Tepee, in scenic Seven Persons coulee, lays one of the Northern Plains archaeological sites - the Saamis Archaeological Site. Take time to explore and photograph this area – it boasts one of the foremost important archae- ological sites of the Northern Plains.
The Hills are Alive Music & Dance Cultural Fest Cypress Hills, Alberta A four day event all housed in trapper’s tents, tipis, outdoor staging areas, and themain auditorium located at Eagles Nest Ranch in the beautiful setting of the southern foothills past Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – Alberta. Instruction in fiddle, piano, guitar, man- dolin, banjo, bagpipes/chanters, as well as Metis jigging & square dancing. Artisan instruction in finger weaving, capote making, Metis beading, hand drum making, dreamcatchers, medicine bags and wheels, and friendship bracelets. There are activities and native games for young children and youth, Metis history, elders storytelling &michif lessons. Evening concerts are held at the
Eagles Nest Ranch Auditorium with Square Dancing to follow.
Food Trucks Amazing food trucks in Medicine Hat youMUST try! As Medicine Hat continues to grow as a culinary destination, the food truck offerings
Wemake our Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with as much love and passion as we can pack in. The fla- vour profile will hit your cravings and bring you back again and again. Fresh Squeezed Lemonade @freshsqueezedlemonadeMH Looking to quench your thirst on a hot Medicine Hat summer day? We are your answer! Watch as wemake the perfect cold and delicious lemonade right in front of you! Catch us at vari- ous events throughout the summer - find our schedule on Facebook.
Hot and fresh authentic wood fired pizza. Let their pizzaiolo’s enter- tain you while they create your own personal bite out of Italy. Pooty’s Poutine @pootyspoutine Pooty’s Poutine is a local food truck serving up wicked cool poutines with real traditional cheese curds. Try our Eggs Benedict, Sweet Potato and Pooty-Tang poutine... And of course we serve regular poutines as well.
multiply as well. Every year we see new vendors opening their mobile windows around the city to serve delicious bites that will satisfy every taste bud. We have prepared a list of our current favourites for you to try out - check out TourismMedicineHat.comas new ones roll up all the time.
Gypsy Girl Pizza
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Sammy’s Curry in a Hurry @sammyslittleindia @sammyslittleindia @sammyslittleindia Sammy’s Curry in a Hurry serves a selection of Indian cuisine includ- ing Butter Chicken Poutine with fresh, home-cut fries. She has gluten-free options. See you all this summer! Terry’s Smokin Good BBQ Terry’s Smokin Good BBQ Known for our amazing authentic smoked meats, and of course Canadian beef. Find us around Medicine Hat all summer long, keep track on our Facebook page.
Kona Ice of SE Alberta @kona_ab @konaicealberta
Kona is all about fundraising and is proud to have been able to give back over the years. Find them around town for a delicious, feel good treat! The Cooler @thecoolertruck Serving up all the best frozen novel- ties. They are at most summer events, fundraisers and frequenting local parks on hot days. They also offer ser- vice for private events as well.
Looking for one spot with many Food Truck options? Join our Food Truck Frenzy. TourismMedicine gathers food trucks for you! Pro Tip: Bring a hat for the sunshine!
Dig In! What’s cooking in Medicine Hat? You’ll be thrilled to know.
Case in point: Thai Orchid Room , a local staple that has set the local standard in service and consistency for over two decades. Their menu features genuine family recipes fromNorthern Thailand while presenting fresh, intriguing ideas to themore adventurous patron. The staff are friendly and eager to ensure you find something you’ll enjoy. If you’re looking for sushi, an excellent new spot in town is Takumi , a well-dressed little hole in the wall on 8th Street NE. Besides serving crispy gyoza, bento boxes and fresh sashimi, they’re also dishing up a few mouth-watering ramen options. Any menu itemwill have you coming back for more. For Central American flavours, try Izote Latin Cocina , a small Salvadoran eat- ery downtown packing a big punch. The restaurant was started by another local
family wanting to share their heritage with our corner of the world, and the results are delicious. If you’re not sure what to get, the pupusas are superb. And their drink specials are a perfect way to end your meal with a sweet, authentic touch. Looking for a quick lunch? Medicine Hat has some great restaurants and cafés serving fresh, local ingredients. For a bright and creative atmosphere, check out Inspire Studio, Gallery &Gallery , located downtown on 2nd Street. The open, sunlit space features art made by local painters, including Maureen Newton, one of the sis- ters who own the café. Across Finlay Bridge on 3rd Street NE, The Zucchini Blossom Market & Café serves fantastic, fresh paninis, soups and salads in a beautiful, modern café. They also offer unique tea blends served in locally-made pottery.
The city’s food scene displays a well-es- tablished, active culture in all its variety. With over 80 restaurants, our cuisine can satisfy any craving. Whether you’re looking for a memorable culinary ex- perience or a quick bite to eat, we’ve got your back… and your taste buds! Our international options will surprise you with their diverse, authentic flavours. The recipes served here have often been handed down through generations, from across the globe to your table. At the same time, you can find talented chefs offering uniques spins on their cultural traditions.
Get a copy of the Medicine Hat Dining Guide,
Dig In! at the Visitor Information Centre
Out on the west end of town, Skinny’s Smokehouse has grown from a little lunch spot into a full-fledged restaurant serving classic BBQ that everyone can enjoy. Locals love the rustic atmosphere and friendly staff. Their sandwiches will have you licking your fingers and wishing you had room for more. And don’t worry vegetar- ians, they haven’t left you out in the cold! The Magic Mushroom sandwich will make your omnivorous friends look on envi- ously. Finish off with a signature, smoked cocktail tomake the outing extra special. Another local favorite for dinner is Medicine Hat BrewCo. , located at the north end of the city with a refreshing view of the surrounding prairies. Besides brewing their beer, they’ve also focused on
elevating pub fare, like freshly baked pret- zels, house-made pasta and locally grown strip loin steak. Whatever you choose, a stop at Brew Co. is a terrific way to get a taste of what Medicine Hat has to offer.
These are only a few of the many beloved establishments known in the Hat. There are somany talented people here creating exciting dishes able to please any palette. So what are you waiting for? Have a seat. Your table is ready.
Made from scratch using the finest local ingredients we can find! 2771 Box Springs Boulevard NW 403.525.7675 skinnyssmokehouse.ca @SkinnysSmokehouse @skinnysmkhouse OPEN FOR TAKEOUT OR EAT IN
Sunshine Skillet Sunset Dinner
Savour the Southeast
Sunshine Skillet Greenhouse Tour
Food Festivals Sunshine Skillet Immerse yourself in Medicine Hats Culinary scene during the Sunshine Skillet hosted on May long weekend every year. Join us as we tour coffee shops, brewer- ies, and vegetable greenhouses, all while sampling some of the fresh food or drink. Explore the first Farmers Market of the year with local produce and chefs demon- strations and end your weekend with the Sunset Dinner. A long-table dinner with 5 courses, each course is prepared by a local chef and will be paired with a regionally produced beverage. See what Medicine Hat has to inspire the foodie in you.
Savour the Southeast Savour the Southeast is a wonderful week of local culinary experiences. Many local restaurants in Medicine Hat will be working with Regional Producers to showcase the culinary flair that Southeast Alberta has. So pick one of the participating restau- rants, find out what their Savour the Southeast feature is... order it and enjoy!
General Information The Cypress Hills gently rise 600 meters above the surrounding prairie landscape of Southeastern Alberta. This elevation gives the small com- munity of Elkwater the perfect envi- ronment to enjoy trails and wildlife. Within the park you will find lodging and facilities to accommodate your stay. You will also discover a variety of winter activities within the park such as a snow luge, skating trail, outdoor ice rink and ski resort. The Visitor Centre has rental equipment to get you out enjoying the trails and the fresh air. Approximately 75 km south- east of Medicine Hat. The total area of the Alberta por- tion of the park is 205 km 2 .
Over 140 km of trails and Fire and Resource Trails to explore. Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park trails have it all, from accessible hikes along paved paths to adrenaline pump- ing downhill mountain biking. The lakes of Cypress Hills provide space for water sports and beach activities. Elkwater allows motorized boats and has a large beach for families to enjoy swimming, kayaking, SUP, canoeing and there is even a disc golf course. The Visitor Centre offers an insight at the history, geography and ecology of the Cypress Hills which is unique in Canada.
Your Adventure Awaits
To Hwy 1
Equestrian Exclusion Zone Park Boundary Fence Road Equestrian Trail Hiking Trail Shared Hiking/Equestrian Trails
Spruce Coulee Trail
Camping Area Backcountry Hut Gate
Reesor Lake Road
Murray Hill Road
Spring Creek Trail System
Murray Hill Trail
Equestrian Use Ride along winding trails through mature forest or through stirrup high grasses while taking in the astound- ing vistas and sweeping views of the surrounding plains or the Sweetgrass Hills of Montana far to the south. General Information ∙ Horse use is permitted in all areas of the park with the exception of the areas around the Elkwater town- stie, and within the Spruce Coulee, Reesor Lake, and Battle Creek Campgrounds as shown in grey on the map and by signs in the field . ∙ Remember that all equestrian use trails are also multi-use. You may encounter hikers and mountain bikers on the trails throughout the park. ∙ If you bring a pet along please
ensure that it is kept on a leash at all times while you are in the park, including at the campground. ∙ Cattle grazing occurs through- out the park. Ensure that gates are closed immediately behind you and DO NOT chase or harass cattle or wildlife while riding. ∙ Cobblestone is present in most areas of the park. You may prefer to have your horses shod before riding here. ∙ Contact your local veterinarian to inquire about recommended vacci- nations. You should also bring insect repellent for you and your animals. ∙ Open fires are not permitted except in facilities provided. Be extremely cau- tious with cigarettes while on the trail. ∙ When around water, stay on hard ground surfaces to pre- vent bank erosion. ∙ Permission must be obtained from adjacent landowners to ride on lands surrounding the park.
To US Border
Equestrian Camping A small rustic camping facility is avail- able for overnight camping (reserva- tion only) with corrals included. With stunning views to the south, this area provides room for several camping units, group fire pits, picnic tables, and corrals. Water is available for horses. There is no power or other services on site. Campers using the area should be self-contained with their own water. Manure must be cleaned from the corrals and the campsite area and placed in the provided bins. Do not clean out trailers while on site. If possible, pack manure out. Pack out all of your gar- bage and leave your campsite clean.