Sunniest Spaces Tour

Sunniest Spaces Tour

Self-Guided Tour

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

The Yard,  619 3 St. SE.

The Yard

This outdoor, family-friendly patio is where local beer is served on tap, cocktails are mixed to amaze, and food trucks stop by to fill the tummies of hungry residents and travelers. There’s no better place to start your tour than being outdoors sitting underneath the shining sun with a drink in hand.

Pro Tip: Order the flight of beer with The Hat’s Olive Tap’s oil selection to change the flavour of your beer.

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 Instagram — @theyard_downtown


Moose & Squirrel Bistro,  651 2 St. SE. (photo by @waterandcolorvintage)

Moose & Squirrel Bistro

Just around the corner from The Yard, you’ll find Alberta-made buttermilk ice cream and sorbet in cones, milkshakes, and floats, along with a tapa style menu that has vegan and vegetarian options. Cool off underneath the misters and enjoy the colourful murals that surround you.

Pro Tip: Check out the specials based on a new theme each week.

 Facebook — @mandsartisanvillage

 Instagram — @moose_and_squirrel_bistro

Avara Garden Centre,  635 2 St. SE.

Avara Garden Centre

Steps from Moose & Squirrel Bistro, you’ll feel welcomed with a breath of fresh air and all plants large and small. In this jungle oasis, you can purchase plants that last the season or all-year-round. This vibrant green wonderland has everything a plant lover could ask for, and the staff have the expertise to answer all of your questions. 

Pro Tip: Stop and breathe in the fresh air offered by the plants in the space.

 Facebook — @avaragardencentre

 Instagram — @avaragardencentre


World's Largest Chess Set and GIANT King Piece, 414 1 St SE.

World’s Largest Chess Set and GIANT King Piece

In the heart of Medicine Hat, surrounded by historic brick buildings, the World’s Largest Chess Set sits waiting to be played. 

Friends and families of all ages are invited to bask underneath the sun and enjoy a game of chess, while hearing the sounds of the South Saskatchewan River behind them. Bill Taylor is the visionary of the popular space, which has been in Medicine Hat since August 2005. He worked with expert woodworker Adam Szulski for several years to design a 21-foot-tall, over 4,000 pound, GIANT King Piece and installed it beside the Chess Set on Nov. 4, 2021.

“I think these are in a very idyllic oasis in the centre of the city. There’s trees and grass nearby and historic buildings around it,” says Taylor. “Standing on the sidewalk looking towards the river, you can see the historic spires of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church. It really is a beautiful, picturesque location.”

Pro Tip: Bring your own chess pieces to play on the regular-sized Chess boards, located on the patio tables beside the World’s Largest Chess Set, beside the Medicine Hat Public Library.

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