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Practise social distancing by hiking near Medicine Hat

  • March 19, 2020

person hiking on a trail
Image by: Hermann.

Every month we share events happening in Medicine Hat that our visitors can check out, but this month is different. As the world navigates the COVID-19 outbreak, we are all doing our part to limit its impact. 

Walking outside is a great way to practice social distancing and get in a daily dose of fresh air. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends keeping six to 10 feet away from other people to limit the spread of the disease. Luckily, there are several hiking trails close to Medicine Hat that can help one do this: 

Echo Dale Regional Park 

The good thing about parks is they’re open all year-round. Take a brisk stroll this month at Echo Dale Regional Park or save this location for the summertime when you can take advantage of Swim Lake. Be sure to save this spot for when the months get warmer too because Echo Dale Regional Park also offers farm tours. Tours run from the May long weekend until the September long weekend, and more information is available online

Strathcona Island Park Trail 

This six kilometre (km) walk along the South Saskatchewan River is a pleasant addition to any day. AllTrials describes the Strathcona Island Park trail as “good for all skill levels” and says it’s perfect for walking, trail running, mountain biking and dog-friendly (as long as they are kept on a leash). 

Mr. Burnside Trail

The Mr. Burnside trail is for more novice hikers and offers 6 km of slight ups and downs throughout. This trail is also mountain-bike friendly so if you’re walking it, be aware of bikers passing through! It is part of Medicine Hat’s Heritage Trail System and links with the trail system in Redcliff - meaning you can travel in both directions, starting from either end. As spring approaches, this trail can get quite muddy so prepare accordingly! 

These outdoor parks and trails are open despite a number of closures. If you’re in Medicine Hat, be sure to check Medicine Hat’s official page for information on closures and cancellations that could affect you. Currently, the city of Medicine Hat has closed all its recreation facilities and the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre.

From our management and staff at Days Inn Medicine Hat, we wish you and your loved ones the best during these difficult times. 


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