Calgary Travel Nearby Communities: Medicine Hat

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Teepee at Medicine Hat The name of Medicine Hat originated from a great battle between the Cree and the Blackfoot on the banks of a nearby river. The Cree fought bravely until their medicine man deserted them, losing his headdress in midstream. Seeing this as a bad omen the warriors put down their weapons and were slaughtered by the Blackfoot. The site was known thereafter as "Saamis," which translates as the medicine man's hat.

The city sites on an underground aquifer which provides the city unlimited cool water. The city also sits on 20 billion cubic metres of natural gas, which caused Rudyard Kipling to comment that the community has "all hell for a basement". The gas from this field supplied the fast-growing city of Calgary with gas (though a 300 kilometre pipeline built by Canadian Western Natural Gas Company, now ATCO Gas) until other reserves were found around the province.

Today, Medicine Hat has about 45,000 residents (they call themselves "Hatters"), with a diverse economy. The huge nearby Suffield military base (just tot he west of town) is used to train Canada's and NATO allies' tank forces. The city offers great recreation with the riverside parklands and Echo Dale Park. Medicine Hat also has waterslides (on the west end of town) as well as indoor ones at the Medicine Hat Lodge, and several other family amusements. The town hosts the Medicine Hat Stampede early each August. The city has two major shopping areas, Medicine Hat Mall on Dunsmore Rd S.E, and Southview Shopping Centre on 6th Ave S.E.

City web site

Medicine Hat Business Directory

Annual Events

Agventure and Pro Rodeo

mid March

Agricultural show and spring rodeo. 403-527-1234

Spectrum Festival

End May

Riverside Park

George Ross Memorial Rodeo

Early June

Foremost Rodeo Grounds

Redcliff Days

mid June

Town of Redcliff

Bow Island Bean Pot Festival & Rodeo

End June

Town of Bow Island

Bassano Amateur Roeo

End June

Bassano Rodeo Grounds

Western Stock Growers Centennial Cattle Drive

Late July

Buffalo to Medicine Hat

Statmpede Chili Cookoff

Late July

Downtown Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat Stampede

End July

Second largest rodeo in Canada, run since 1887. Complete with parade, evening shows, livestock and art shows, petting farm and midway. 403-527-1234

Antelope Country Fair

Early Aug

Town of Foremost

Patricia Rodeo

End Aug

Patricia Rodeo Grounds

Downtown Midinight Madness

Early Dec

Singing Christmas Tree, Choral Christmas Card & nativity pageant. Downtown Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat Attractions

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