Often called the "Oasis of the Prairies," Medicine Hat has more than 90 km (56 mi) of hiking/biking trails linking five major parks and many of the city’s municipal parks that dot the South Saskatchewan River valley. More Information
Stroll along the nature trails among ancient cottonwood trees and watch for bald eagles or white-tailed deer in the scenic 400 acre natural reserve. Bordered on three sides by the South Saskatchewan River, this park features 8 km of walking and cycling trails included 3 km of paved, with easy access for wheelchairs. Police Point Park is an excellent area for watching birds and wildlife. Learn more about grassland flora and fauna at the Interpretive Centre on site. Open year round, the center offers many special events for the public. Police Point Park is located on the North side of the river on Police Point Drive.
Some of North America's most spectacular native grassland lies at Medicine Hat's doorstep. Heading south, visitors frequently see birds that are rarely seen elsewhere, like long-billed curlew, sprague's pipit and ferruginous hawk. Wildflowers carpet the prairie from late April to July, with many species continuing on to freeze-up in October. Spring brings what local birders call “prairie bells”, the cheerful mixture of a half dozen bold bird songs, all ringing out together in the early morning. Fall is equally memorable, with tens of thousands of waterfowl staging on local lakes during their southward migration.
For details on the current events or best places to explore, call the Police Point Nature Centre at 403-529-6225.
Medicine Hat's excellent open spaces system includes five major parks and over 100 community parks. A network of 92 km of trails wind through the city, connecting many parks with the abundant natural environment along the creeks and river. Trail maps are available at Tourism Medicine Hat.
Medicine Hat is the staging area for exploring the smooth water of the South Saskatchewan River. Whether you want to float for a couple of hours, or embark on a five-day wilderness voyage, you will enjoy this prairie river.
Bask on the beach, go for a swim or a paddle, fish for trout, hike under the red cliffs or picnic under the trees in this 160 acre playground. Echo Dale features two beautiful man made lakes in a peaceful river valley setting and 7 km of walking trails
Echo Dale Regional Park also offers a historic experience. Take a step back in time at the fully restored Woolfrey House which offers a glimpse of what life was like in the early settler days. The Ajax Mine makes for a great family outing, as visitors can go “underground” to see tools used by the coal miners on this site. And of course, the farm animals are always popular with kids of all ages. A great place for a family visit!
Seven Persons Creek meanders through this beautiful multi-purpose 100 acre park. Kin Coulee offers natural areas as well as recreational facilities including playgrounds, trails, ball diamonds, picnic facilities, fire pits, toboggan hill plus more. Entrance to the park is at the bottom of College Drive.
In the heart of downtown, this park features a fascinating brick mural by the renowned artist James Marshall, depicting the history of the area. Flowers, walkways, CP diesel engine and huge old trees along the river make this a beautiful place for lunch or just to relax.
Just beneath Medicine Hat's scenic cliffs, on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, this park is a family favorite. From a water park playground for the kids, to the walking and hiking trails and superb picnic facilities, there is something for everyone!