Medicine Hat

  • One of the cornerstones of Medicine Hat’s pottery industry was Medalta Potteries, whose facilities still stand in Medicine Hat’s Historic Clay District – one of Canada’s National Historic Sites in Alberta.

  • It was potentially a dumb idea. After taking a tour around the Medalta Museum we walked into the artist’s studio and there in front of us was a pottery wheel. To most people it’s an awkward looking contraption.

  • “What’s that funny smell?” My son Finn asks as we sit down at the pottery wheel for a clay experience. “Know what that smell is? It’s Medicine Hat,” says Aaron Nelson, Medalta’s associate director.

  • Medicine Hat, Alberta is known for a lot of things — a big reserve of natural gas, the sunniest skies in Canada, a historic ceramics industry — but did you know it’s also a destination for coffee lovers? #DareToExplore destination tip - fuel your creativity in Medicine Hat via an artisan coffee tour experience.

  • It had been more than two decades ago since I’d picked up a musical instrument – a stint playing a saxophone for a few semesters in junior high. But within 15 minutes “Kool” Ray Martens had me laying down a groovy line on the bass guitar alongside a couple of his bandmates.

     

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    Eight days with an eclectic lineup of jazz music happens around town at clubs, cafes and taverns and features a long list of renowned jazz artists from across Canada, the U.S., and Europe.

    Community: Medicine Hat
    Region: Southern Alberta
    Province: Alberta
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    Come celebrate the western way at the 130th annual Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede. Non-stop music, rodeo and entertainment.

    Community: Medicine Hat
    Region: Southern Alberta
    Province: Alberta
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    The name alone – Conquer the Ridge Half-Marathon – might sound slightly daunting. But grab a friend and it’ll feel more like fast walk in the prairies on a Saturday morning. Plus, you’ve got plenty of time to train.

    Community: Medicine Hat
    Region: Southern Alberta
    Province: Alberta
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    Medicine Hat's Tongue on the Post Festival is Alberta's winter folk festival held at Medalta Potteries and other venues around the city. 

    Community: Medicine Hat
    Region: Southern Alberta
    Province: Alberta
  • Like most forms of art, chalking can be very messy. The pastel colours get on your hands, on your clothes, on your face and in your hair. Medicine Hat native and local artisan Kristine Ens doesn’t mind though. For her, the messiness of “chalking” is what she loves about the medium.