Unique Sites in Medicine Hat

  • March 27, 2021

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Medicine Hat may be a small city, but it holds many unique attractions. In Medicine Hat, visitors can find the world’s largest tepee, a refurbished pottery factory, and grasslands with giant red boulders that will have you mistaking Alberta with Mars! 



The Saamis Tepee was built for the Calgary winter Olympics in 1988. It’s 215 feet tall and has a 160 foot diameter - the height of a 20 story building! Despite being the largest tepee in the world it was built in just one week. It was built with steel and concrete and enlaced with story board that display indigenous culture. The Saamis tepee stands at the side of the Trans-Canada Highway and is made to proudly display the important indigenous culture and history in Medicine Hat. Beside the Saamis Tepee is the Saamis archaeological site, where visitors can have a self-guided walking tour to learn more about the history. 



Medalta was once a pottery factory in the economic boom of Medicine Hat. The abundance of natural gas mixed with the natural depository of clay in Medicine Hat made ceramics a integral part of Medicine Hat’s growth. Now, Medalta is a museum dedicated to the history and education of the industry, but it has also morphed into a community hub and an artist’s haven. Beyond a museum, it is an art gallery, educational centre, ceramics art facility and much more. It is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays. 



Located around a half-hour drive from Medicine Hat lays the Red Rock Coulee area. The Red Rock Coulee is a great hiking spot with unique terrain. It’s often compared to looking like Mars, as its scattered with giant red boulder, hence where the name comes from. It is not an official park with facilities, but there are hiking trails and beautiful landscapes. Visitors can find white-tailed jackrabbits, prickly-pear cactus, mule deer, and the prairie falcon. 


After a day of visiting these unique destinations, stop in at the Days Inn Medicine Hat. With comfortable amenities, complimentary breakfast, and a central location, Days Inn Medicine Hat is the perfect place to stay during your visit. 


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