With an average of 330 days of sunshine, Medicine Hat’s abundance of parks are well used. To make things better, the city boasts a trail system that spans 155 kilometres throughout the city. Nature lovers will love the city and the ability to float down the South Saskatchewan River during warm months.
Surrounded by comforting bluffs and coulees, Echo Dale Regional Park is a stunning outdoor space where everyone can spend time together. Medicine Hat’s largest park is full of ways to explore the outdoors, and a beautiful view is always nearby. With plans for a picnic, there are designated spots for a little or big lunch — accessible spots are available.
Named because it was once the location of a Northwest Mounted Police outpost, the park is now a great place to surround yourself in nature in Medicine Hat. Kilometres of trails wind through cottonwood forests and sagebrush. Some of the older cottonwood trees are thought to be between 200 and 300 years old.
This large park located along the South Saskatchewan River has a playground and waterpark, along with many kilometres of tree-lined, paved trails. There are picnic areas to have a fire and a boat launch to experience the river up close. You can easily bike to Medicine Hat’s Historic Downtown from this park to make it a full day adventure.
Located on the Southeast Hill in a quaint neighbourhood, Kiwanis Central Park has a playground, nature playground, and waterpark. The city-favoured whale slide, Moby Dick, has sat there since the 1960s and was recently updated to ensure safe play. Four of Marina Cole’s wood carvings can be found here, along with nine baskets for a friendly-game of disc golf.
With 100 acres of open space for outdoor activities, Kin Coulee Park is Medicine Hat’s most popular picnic area. Surrounded by coulees and bluffs, you’ll find playgrounds, fire pits, beach volleyball courts, ball diamonds, and an impressive skateboard park. In the winter, the toboggan hill is popular, and the large fire pit provides warmth.
A classic picnic park with grassy, tree-covered areas, a ballpark, and a playground. This park has fantastic views of the South Saskatchewan River and Police Point Park. Nearby is the Strathcona Centre, which offers swimming and pickleball courts.
This water park is full of fun features, like a giant bucket that fills with water and pours over those who stand underneath it. There is a large green space to lay a blanket and bask in the sunshine and have a picnic. This park is located in a family-orientated neighbourhood near the south side of the city close to hotels, restaurants, and shopping.
Along with tall trees that shade the sunshine, nine disc golf baskets can be found at Leinweber Park. This park is conveniently located near Gilwell Park, turning the nine-basket disc golf course into an 18-basket course. Lay down a blanket, pack a picnic, bring some activities, and enjoy the open field with a view. A beautiful pond sits in the summer and is turned into a skating rink in the winter.