Medicine Hat has 155 kilometres of trails that lead you up and down the hills, throughout the trees, along the river, and around the coulees.
All trails are joined together — no neighbourhood was built without being connected to the system. Whether you’re walking, biking, rollerblading, or skateboarding, you’re able to adventure around the city solely on the trails. Looking to rent a bike? Gravity Sports, located on 648 3 St SE, has e-bikes available to rent.
Police Point Park
Police Point Park is located on the north side of the city and is known for its Northwest Mounted Police and Indigenous history. While you walk the paved loop, enjoy the view of old cottonwood trees and find the spot with the clear view of the enormous bluff. Here, there is a spot to lay a blanket to take in the scenery, have a picnic, or pause for a hydration break.
Pro Tip: Check in at the Park Interpretive Centre to learn more about the area!
North Shore River Valley
Walking across Finlay Bridge from downtown will bring you to this paved trail on the north side of the South Saskatchewan River. Become encompassed in trees, leaves, and feel the warmth of the shaded sunlight while you explore this tunnel of nature. In the open peaks, you’ll have a shiny view of City Hall, and if you look up at Finlay Bridge, you’ll be surprised to know the truss bridge was built in 1908.
Pro Tip: Rent a bike from Gravity Sports or the Medicine Hat Public Library to explore this trail!
The Bridges Loop
This 2.4 kilometre paved trail features the South Saskatchewan River, Finlay Bridge, and Railway Bridge. If you find yourself in Medicine Hat’s Historic Downtown, this trail is only a few blocks away. A starting point could be behind the Medicine Hat Public Library. This trail is the perfect beginning, or end, to a day in downtown.
Pro Tip: Stop by the World’s Largest Chess Set and GIANT King Piece before heading onto this trail!
Strathcona Island Park
Along with many other family activities, this park has a paved trail that features playgrounds, wildlife and up-close views of the South Saskatchewan River. Neighbouring is Medicine Hat’s Athletic Park in Lion’s Park. Deer often roam and relax with their families in this space, so be sure to keep any four-legged pets on a leash.
Pro Tip: Take the pathway that leads you to Medalta in the Historic Clay District to explore more of the area!
Seven Persons Creek and Saratoga Park
This paved trail is between Kin Coulee Park and Strathcona Island Park, so it makes for a long walk and the perfect bike ride. This trail connects with so many others; the whole experience is in your hands. No matter which direction you choose, it’ll be easy to find Seven Persons Creek and Saratoga Park trail again. The best part is if someone you know wants to kayak or canoe the creek, you can bike with them during the journey.
Pro Tip: This space holds Indigenous history — read the plaque in the park to learn more!
Saamis Archaeological Site
Saamis Archaeological Site sits untouched by modifications. This historic Indigenous space dates back thousands of years ago and is downhill from Saamis Tepee. Nature surrounds you as you walk around and hear the calming sounds of Seven Persons Creek. Walk through the tunnel underneath Trans-Canada Highway, and you’re in Kin Coulee Park.
Pro Tip: Walk uphill on the pathway to see the Saamis Tepee up close!
Ross Glen Coulee
This quiet paved trail will lead you in and shortly after, you’ll be met by a fork in the road. You can’t go wrong, either way you’ll have a clear view of the coulees and little hamlet, Veinerville. The left turn will take you towards Scholten Hill, with a view of the city. Turn right, you’ll become lost in the prairies with the train tracks beside you.
Pro Tip: Bring your camera, because these photos are picture perfect!
Echo Dale Regional Park
This beautiful park invites you in with a sunshine glow and the most breathtaking view of coulees and bluffs. Before you drive downhill, there is a lookout point where you can stop and take in the view. This park has paved, unpaved, and mountain biking trails, and an off-leash dog trail. After your walk, you can swim in the lake, grab a treat, or visit the historic farm. There are firepits and picnic spots within the park, including an accessible spot with a firepit and picnic table.
Pro Tip: On your way to the park, stop at Homestead Market Inc. for a coffee and a treat!