2020 Experience Medicine Hat Guide

One of themany large red rocks of Red Rock Coulee

Red Rock Coulee 56 kilometers / 35miles

Along with the exposed rocks, you will also find prairie inhabitants such as deer, coy- otes, rabbits, rattlesnakes, and nighthawks. To reach Red Rock Coulee, drive south- west fromMedicine Hat on Highway 3. Just before the village of Seven Persons you will turn south on Highway 887—a sec- ondary highway to Manyberries. Continue south on Highway 887 until you reach Red Rock Coulee, which is open year-round. Bow Island Centennial Park Easy access, large sites, and few people are all draws for Bow Island’s Centennial Park. Found just blocks from the Crowsnest Highway, the campground has

two playgrounds, two outdoor cooking areas, a free shower house, beach volley- ball, and a well-maintained soccer field. Most summer Sundays, the park be- comes the hub of the community as many families take the opportunity to visit the park to relax. Kids play at the playground while the adults either play a game of soccer or sit in the shade and visit.

Red Rock Coulee Natural Area is 324 hectares (800 acres) of badlands, hard sandstone capped hoodoos and large, round, red boulders. Formed in prehistoric seas as layers of sand calcite and iron oxide collected around a nucleus formed by shells, leaves, or bones. These concretions grew larger as the circulating waters depositedmore layers. The reddish colour comes from iron oxide. At up to 2.5 metres (8 feet) in diame- ter, they are among the largest in the world.

An added attraction is “Market in the Park” which takes place every Wednesday, from the first week of July until the last week of August.

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