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Medicine Hat in Alberta.

 

Medicine Hat, known to locals as "The Hat", is a city of 61,097 people located in the southeastern part of the province of Alberta, Canada. It is enclaved within Cypress County along with the nearby Town of Redcliff, although neither is part of the county.

Attractions

The Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District is a living, working museum that offers a unique and extensive experience through collections, exhibits, interpretation, guided tours and educational and artistic programming. The Medalta Potteries and Hycroft China Factory Complexes are the focal points in this 150-acre (0.6 km2) region. This nationally recognized industrial historic district is a cultural initiative of the Friends of Medalta Society with Federal, Provincial, Municipal and Private support. Restoration, preservation and cultural development of the Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District for the purpose of education and public enjoyment is ongoing.

Just south of the Trans-Canada Highway and overlooking the Blackfoot buffalo jump, is the world's tallest teepee, the "Saamis Tepee". Designed for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary as a symbol of Canada's Aboriginal heritage, it was moved to Medicine Hat in 1991. It stands over 20 stories high and was designed to withstand extreme temperatures and winds up to 240 km/h (150 mph). During a January 2007 windstorm, a portion of the tepee was damaged. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that extensive weathering was partially to blame. After repairs were complete, the Saamis Tepee now stands approximately 15 feet (4.6 m) shorter.

The Medicine Hat Family Leisure Centre is the largest indoor multi purpose facility in the city. The building is 90,000 sq ft (8,000 m2) and is sited on 57 acres (230,000 m2) in the north end of the city. The facility includes olympic size ice rink, 50 m pool, waterslide, diving platforms, kiddies pool, wave pool, cafe, 4 ball diamonds, lighted football field, and 3 soccer pitches.

Located in downtown Medicine Hat, The Esplanade is a large multi purpose cultural centre. The facility features a 700+ seat performing arts theatre, art gallery, museum, archives, gift shop, and cafe. The Esplanade officially opened in October 2005.

The Medicine Hat Drag Racing Association is located just off the Trans Canada Highway on Boundery Road or the spectators entrance on Box Springs Road. This is Alberta's only sanctioned NHRA track and is a 1/4 mile in length. The facility proudly supports affordable family enterainment and encourages people to race the strip, not the street.The seasons typically run from May till September hosting a variety of events from Jet and Alcohol cars, bracket racing and the NHRA National open which attracts approx. 300+ cars from all over North America.

Medicine Hat Public Library is located across the street from The Esplanade. It has over 10,000 annual members and is the resource library for the Shortgrass Library System of Southern Alberta.

Parks

There are over 100 kilometres (62 mi) of walking trails in the city. All of the major parks are linked by the extensive trail system.
View of the pond at Echodale Regional Park

Police Point Park was an early North-West Mounted Police outpost, and the park is now a 300-acre (1.2 km2) nature-lovers' dream with shale paths next to the South Saskatchewan River. It is also one of Southern Alberta's well known birding destinations. The park encompasses The Medicine Hat Interpretive Program building, where they run programs and inform the public about the happenings of nature around the city.
Strathcona Island Park is located along the south bank of the South Saskatchewan River. The park has 5 kilometres (3 mi) of walking trails, playgrounds, water park, ball diamond, pavilion centre, washrooms, ice skating, kitchens and fire pits. The park is heavily treed.
Kin Coulee Park is located along the banks of the Seven Persons Creek. This 100-acre (0.4 km2) park is almost entirely manicured. The park features a skateboard park, 2 ball diamonds, beach volleyball courts, fire pits, band shell, washrooms, and 2 playgrounds.
Echodale Regional Park is a 650 acre (2.6 kmĀ²) park that includes an artificial swimming lake. The amenities include beach, walking trails, fire pits, canoe rentals, snack bar, washrooms and historic ranch.
Central Park, located in the Southeast Hill neighborhood is surrounded by large cottonwood trees and, on the northside, a row of cedar trees. It also has play structures and a spraydeck. A street basketball court can be found here, which is usually in full use during the summer months.
Riverside Veterans' Memorial Park, located downtown across River Road from the South Saskatchewan river and across 6th avenue from city hall is home to the Cenotaph a brick mural by James Marshall, a WWII era Sherman tank, and two CPR locomotives, one of the locomotives starred in the 1976 Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor movie Silver Streak.

Golf courses

Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club is located along the north banks of the South Saskatchewan River.
Connaught Golf Course
Cottonwood Golf Course is located in southwest Medicine Hat along the banks of the Seven Persons Creek
Paradise Valley Par 3 is located along the banks of the Seven Persons Creek.
Ross Creek Par 3 is located along the banks of the Bullshead Creek.
Riverview Golf Course is located in Redcliff along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River.
The Links at Desert Blume are located immediately south of the city.
Advantage Golf Academy, located at Cottonwood Coulee Golf Course, is Medicine Hat's only full time golf instructional facility.

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