After a morning ride on the Sunrise Trail, I made my way downtown to check out the Madhatter Coffee Roastery, a local institution.
Being a coffee lover, it didn't take me long to realize that the Madhatter Coffee Roastery is a special place. Featuring small-batch roasts with carefully selected organic beans from around the world, the mouth-watering aromas that regularly waft through the downtown core when the roaster is, well, roasting, is enough to pull anyone in!
High on caffeine, I headed to Medalta Potteries in The Historic Clay District for a tour of this fascinating industrial museum and community arts hub. A National Historic Site, Medalta Potteries, which began operating well over a hundred years ago, is a one-of-a-kind facility that affords visitors a trip back in time to the early clay-based industries that were an economic lifeline in Medicine Hat. Near the turn of the century, Medalta Potteries produced over 75% of the pottery products in Canada.
“When people come to the Visitor Center, which is right by the Saamis Teepee, we'll often recommend they visit Medalta,” says Abby Czibere with Tourism Medicine Hat. “It offers an interesting and interactive experience that can be enjoyed by everyone, young and old.”
After touring the factory, we made our way to the studio and were given a chunk of clay to mold into our own piece of pottery. I'd like to tell you I made an exquisite bowl, a perfectly-formed baking dish, or a lovely urn. But, as it turns out, my “circular” senses need some work. My intended beer mug looked more like some type of caveman stone carving project gone horribly awry.
Craft beer caps off the day