The “Hat”, as it is affectionately known to locals, is a growing community with a small town feel where residents choose to live, work and play. Medicine Hat is a community that offers diverse programs and services to meet a wide range of interests. There are more recreational facilities per capita than most cities in Canada.
Medicine Hat is a community with many sporting, recreational and cultural organizations. It is known as the Sunniest City in Canada with more than 330 days of sunshine per year. The average temperature in summer is around 22°C and in the winter the daily average is -6°C.
The City has over 115 kilometers of trails, 250 hectares of parks, five golf courses, multiple indoor and outdoor pools, six indoor ice arenas, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, a BMX track, motocross track, paved speedway and an NHRA sanctioned ¼ mile dragstrip.Medicine Hat is known for hosting successful major multi-sporting events. We have hosted the 2016 Alberta Winter Games, 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games, 2019 55 Plus Alberta Summer Games and 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge just to name a few.
Several different types of resources are available to local organizations through the MHSEC such as Economic Impact Studies, bi-annual Stakeholder Meetings, Bid Development Grants, a full Facility Guide and so much more. If a local organization needs help, the Medicine Hat Sport and Event Council is there. Below are some of the amazing events that our local stakeholders host annually:
The Medicine Hat Sport and Event Council has developed a Facility Guide that features venues, parks, schools and accommodations in Medicine Hat that are available for hosting both cultural and sporting events.facility guide
Medicine Hat features 23 hotels and motels with a combined total of 1840 hotel rooms. Hotel/motel features, amenities and contact information can be found in our Facility Guide.
Medicine Hat is located in Southeast Alberta and is situated off Highway 1 and Highway 3; approximately three hours east of Calgary and four and a half hours west of Regina. The Medicine Hat Regional Airport is served by WestJet and private charters. The City of Medicine Hat operates an integrated and accessible transit service that runs throughout the community. There are two shuttles (Prairie Sprinter and J&L Shuttle) that go to Calgary and back every day. Medicine Hat also provides numerous charter bus options as well.
The Medicine Hat Sport and Event Council was developed in late 2017 with grant money from the 2016 Alberta Winter Games legacy and a contribution from Tourism Medicine Hat. The MHSEC is currently a standing committee of Tourism Medicine Hat with five appointed Council Directors, a Sport and Event Coordinator, and two Working Committees (Bid & Events and Promotions & Marketing).
To be a champion for sport and events in Medicine Hat.
To collaborate and partner with sport and event organizations in encouraging development and event hosting.