How to plan your weekend in Canada's Sunniest City.
Nothing feels better than being prepared before a trip, so we’ve put together this list to save you time researching! Here are things to know when spending a full weekend in Medicine Hat during the summer months!
Bed & Breakfasts near Medicine Hat’s Historic Downtown
These extraordinary and cozy Airbnbs are steps from Medicine Hat’s Historic Downtown, and staying inside the authentic, characteristic bed and breakfasts is an experience in and of itself.
Local Tip: They do book up quickly, so here is a list of Airbnbs to stay in while visiting the city!
You can find live music in at least one eatery on the weekend
Our eateries and entertainment organizations are more than happy to invite local and Canadian artists to perform their sounds to listening guests. Whether it’s indoors or at one of our outdoor eateries, you’ll find live music in at least one local eatery on the weekend in the summer.
Local Tip: Tourism Medicine Hat’s Events Calendar is always updated with live music events! A few businesses who often host live music: Moose & Squirrel Bistro, The Whiskey District, The Yard, and Casa Amigos Cantina!
Plan your trip around a weekend festival
JazzFest, PorchFest, Rise Up Hot Air Balloon Festival — there is a long list of events and festivals that happen annually in our sunny city. If you enjoy living like the locals while traveling, attending one of the festivals is the best way to do so. Be sure to check Tourism Medicine Hat’s Events Calendar to see what’s happening during your trip.
Local Tip: Follow the Festival's social media pages to stay up-to-date on dates and times!
Paddle the water
Whether you’re in a kayak, canoe, or lounging on a floaty, our waterways are an inviting place to enjoy the outdoors during an afternoon on the weekend. Whether it’s Seven Persons Creek, or South Saskatchewan River, you’re bound to run into adorable wildlife, fresh air, and good times.
Catch a baseball game
Canada’s Sunniest City is home to Medicine Hat Mavericks, one of the region’s most well-known baseball teams. Of course they’re playing games every weekend, and sometimes they stay homebound. Order some popcorn, a cool beverage, and watch a “Mavs” game underneath the summer sun when you’re in the city.
Local Tip: Read about more locals sport events in the city.
There are three adventurous mountain bike areas in and around Medicine Hat
After driving prairie roads, you’ll enter Medicine Hat and see coulees and bluffs that make for thrilling and exciting mountain biking trails! Whether you head to Echo Dale Regional Park, Redcliff, or Elkwater in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, you’ll have a wide array of diverse trails to adventure! Ask avid mountain biker, Chris Istace.
Local Tip: Medicine Hat has 155-kilometres of paved trails that bring you along the coulees and South Saskatchewan River, for those looking for a leisure ride around the city!
Pack a picnic with food and beverages grown and made in Southeast Alberta
Fresh produce is grown right beside Medicine Hat, in the Greenhouse Capital of the Prairies, and farmers work hard year-round to produce quality meat. Lots of local business and creators also make the best home-made recipes. Use our guide to pack the perfect picnic.
Local Tip: Bring your picnic to a local city park for the best views and sunshine!
Plan to shop locally on Friday or Saturday
Sundays and Mondays are usually the days for our local business owners to rest. Plan to browse our local small shops on a Friday or Saturday, to have the full Medicine Hat shopping experience.
Local Tip: Check out our Ultimate Downtown Shopping Guide, full of locally-owned small shops!
Pack for hot, hot weather
If a cactus can naturally survive along our coulees, you know it’s hot. Definitely pack for desert weather — bring extra items in case the clouds come to say hello, but for the most part, there’s a reason we’re Canada's Sunniest City with an average of 330 days of sunshine.
Local Tip: Make sure to pack sunscreen!