Medicine Hat developed, as many communities, around the Canadian Pacific Railway when it was established in the 1890's. Within eight years the town of Medicine Hat was incorporated as a city.
"The Hat" was found to be rich in natural resources including clay, natural gas, coal and farmland. The natural gas resource was instrumental in forming early industries which needed a plentiful and economical fuel source to operate businesses and factories. Medalta Potteries (found in the Historic Clay District) was a world-famous producer of pottery and clay-based products for both decoration and industrial uses. Other very unique business began to make use of our unique natural resources, and many service industries began to grow as well.
Today, Medicine Hat has a very broad and diverse industry base. From quaint shops operated by local artisans to large multi-national aeronautical industries, Medicine Hat has a bit of everything, from clothing, electronics, luxury items to many automotive dealerships and sporting-goods stores. Also Medicine Hat features many of the large retails stores as well, such as WalMart, Costco, Future Shop and Visions Electronics. Want to just browse the mall? Medicine Hat has two malls to choose from with many unique shops and boutiques.
In this section you will find many businesses that focus on tourism related services. These businesses have supported Tourism Medicine Hat through their involvement one or more of the many promotional opportunities available to them. In doing so, these business have reaffirmed their commitment to providing first-class services and products to our visitors and community. As with all of our promotional opportunities, more information about participating in these business services can be acquired by following the "advertise with us" links at the bottom of this page, or by contacting Tourism Medicine Hat directly by calling: 403.527.6422 or by following this link.