Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede 2024

Celebrate 130 years of Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede with this full week of events!
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historic downtown

Medicine Hat’s Historic Downtown architecture was primarily influenced by the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1883 and subsequent clay and natural gas discoveries. Today, Medicine Hat’s Historic Downtown is home to a revived culture of creativity anchored by Medalta’s contemporary ceramic arts center, the Esplanade, and numerous studios and arts organizations in the downtown core. 

As for downtown itself, many of those early rail-inspired brick buildings are still standing and occupied by independent retailers, coffee shops, studios, and breweries who have encouraged a new generation of creative expression. Many downtown business owners have invited local and international graffiti and mural artists to turn the exterior sides of their buildings into public artworks. The result is a bright collection of murals that express our local identity and culture. 

self-guided tours

A tour of Medicine Hat's Historic Downtown is ideally paired with a cold or hot drink in hand. Take in the history and art that makes our downtown so great! On the move? Download the full PDF map here.

Historic Self-Guided Tour

Take a deep-dive into Medicine Hat's history, and into some of the most prominent buildings in the city.


Downtown Murals

Decorated downtown walls.


James Marshall Murals

One of the most prominent artists in the city's history, enjoy a tour of James Marshall's beautiful brick murals.


Indy Coffee Tour

Medicine Hat's downtown coffee culture.


Downtown Bakery Tour

A sweet downtown in Medicine Hat.


Downtown Patio Tour

With 330 days of sunshine, you bet downtown Medicine Hat has outdoor spots you can enjoy!


Small Shops


The ultimate guide to shop in Medicine Hat's Historic Downtown. Click "Read More" to explore!

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River Bee Books, Historic Downtown Medicine Hat.

Bed and Breakfasts

plan your stay

Visiting Canada's Sunniest City? Check out this list of places to stay near Historic Downtown Medicine Hat.

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Riverside Retreat, Medicine Hat Alberta.

Decorating downtown walls

medicine hat mural fest

Medicine Hat Mural Fest started in 2018 when Jeff Goring saw more possibilities for the vandalized brick walls in the city, so he invited artists from across Canada to bring colour and new stories through mural paintings.

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Mural Fest in Medicine Hat's Historic Downtown.

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