Medicine Hat is Canada’s Sunniest City year-round!
The sun still comes out often in the winter. Here are 16 ways to spend time with family, indoor and outdoor!
Kin Coulee Park Toboggan Hill
Hundreds of families race down on sleds throughout the season, on the largest toboggan hill in Medicine Hat. Never too crowded, the space is open every day from dusk until dawn. Bundle up and bring hot chocolate, there’s never a dull moment on the Kin Coulee Park toboggan hill.
Snow-Shoe Police Point Park
The Nature Centre at Police Point Park has snow-shoe and cross-country ski equipment to rent. This beautiful park is a nice escape into nature. Nestled north of the city, beside the South Saskatchewan River, this space is a breath of fresh air, and a well-needed one during the winter.
Kiwanis Central Park Ice Skating
This family-friendly park has many ways to enjoy the outdoors, and the ice-skating rink is especially beautiful on a winter’s day. The snow-filled trees, icy blue sky, and the sun beaming brings a magical essence to the outdoor space.
Pottery Class at Medalta in the Historic Clay District.
Tap into your creativity with a pottery class at Medalta in the Historic Clay District. The National Historic Site holds history from the early 1900s. The pottery classes are a great way to escape the cold, and you get to bring home a new memory with the pottery you make.
Coffee Shop Hop
Some like to sit near the fireplace, others near a coffee machine. There is something beautiful about watching the snowfall while inside a coffee shop. There are five spots downtown, all in close proximity to one another. Your hearts will be buzzing with all the creative choices from each menu.
Hidden Valley Ski Resort
Hidden Valley Ski Resort is a winter wonderland snug in the prairies, approximately 45 minutes outside of Medicine Hat. With tall, snow-kissed lodgepole pine and aspen trees and rolling hills that act as mini mountains, this oasis is a must-see in the winter. On the drive, view the prairie landscape, and once you take that right turn into the Interprovincial Park, you’re suddenly surrounded by forest and rolling hills.
Elkwater Lake Lodge & Resort
Spend a full weekend in Elkwater, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. Book a cabin or a room at the Elkwater Lake Lodge & Resort, ice-skate the rink, snow shoe the trails, stay indoors with a jacuzzi, or spend a day at Hidden Valley Ski Resort, located just ten minutes from Elkwater. There are many ways to enjoy this cozy winter getaway with family and friends.
Plant Workshop at Botanicals
This plant boutique goes the extra mile to make sure plants find the perfect home. This winter season, you can book a private event of up to 14 people (minimum six) to decorate your very own potted plant. If you’d like to host the workshop in your home, the team at Botanicals can come to you. Visit their website for pricing and options.
Sunny Day Bike Ride
The 155-kilometre trail system can be explored year-round. On those sunny, under -20 days during winter, the trails are a pleasant reason to leave home and find some fresh air and beautiful views.
There are three breweries in Medicine Hat that all speak to the city’s history. Medicine Hat Brewing Company was a name originally founded in 1912, Hell’s Basement is inspired by a quote, about Medicine Hat, from Rudyard Kipling in 1910, and Travois Ale Works is a micro-brewery located in a historic building in downtown Medicine Hat.
Baking with Candice
To save time and stress of cleaning up a mess in your own home, book a class with Baking with Candice. On her website, you can find pre-planned classes to join in on, or you can book a private class, both are friendly for all ages.
Sunny Day Disc Golf
On those milder winter days, the outdoors is inviting. Three parks in Medicine Hat have disc golf baskets. A friendly game is always a nice way to soak in the sunshine during the winter months.
Let’s Go Adventures rents ice-fishing kits that come with an ice-fishing hut, 2 fishing rods, 2 chairs, scoop, and a manual ice auger. Grab a group, a kit, and head to one of many locations in and around Medicine Hat to ice-fish — Rattlesnake, Elkwater, Spruce Coulee, Reesor Lake, Michelle Lake, Cavan Lake, Newell Lake, and 40 Mile Reservoir.
Your favourite summer activity, but make it winter. Studio Fore is an up-beat, indoor spot with four golf simulators and a putt simulator. The inviting food and beverage menu makes for a fun night out.
Medicine Hat’s largest entertainment studio, the 12,000 square foot of space has axe throwing, with glow-throw nights, a golf simulator, laser tag, human sized pool table, and smaller pool tables. This space is an alcohol-free zone, perfect for families of all ages to spend time together.
Cozy up inside and watch Editing Luke’s documentary
Luke Fandrich, Editing Luke, spent countless hours searching for archives and interviewing people to complete Clay, Creativity, and the Comeback, a documentary about Medalta in the Historic Clay District. He is currently working on another one for the Monarch. Being just over one-hour-and-a-half, the local cinematic film brings a strong connection to Medicine Hat’s history and the people who built its culture over the years.