Two day-itinerary – use Medicine Hat as your base camp for prairie exploration

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Andrew Penner

Two day-itinerary – use Medicine Hat as your base camp for prairie exploration

A ZenSeekers' road trip isn't complete unless the destinations include outdoor adventures, and boy-oh-boy, did we find it in Medicine Hat. During summer and fall of 2019, create your #BucketlistAB itinerary in Southern Alberta and come and stay a night and see a sight.

A ZenSeekers Expedition: #BucketlistAB

Visit Medicine Hat for people-powered exploration

Getting To Medicine hat

Drive from Calgary: It’s about a three-hour drive south on the Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1.

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Drive from Edmonton: It’s about a 5 ½-hour drive south on the AB-36 S to Brooks then turning east on the Trans-Canada/AB-1.

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Drive from Moose Jaw: It’s about a 4-hour drive west on the Trans-Canada Hwy/SK-1 W.

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Read more about your fun-filled holiday in Medicine Hat here.

Day One

Morning: Using Medicine Hat as base camp means you can be up at the crack of dawn ready for exploration. Head downtown to one of Medicine Hat’s coffee shops like Station Coffee House, pick up a fresh cup of Joe and a fresh roll, then drive an hour southeast to Cypress Hills Provincial Park. Visit Elkwater to walk the lovely boardwalk around the lake or, drop a fishing line or frolic in the water. Stop in at the Camp Cookhouse & General Store to check out the really wacky store and pick up a great lunch before heading to the summit. Okay, not really a summit but the top of the park is the highest point between the Rockies and Labrador.

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Late Afternoon: Drive an hour west to Red Rock Coulee to explore a landscape like no other. Big beautiful concretions spill like lost marbles through the ravens and coulees. Learn how these unique geological features are formed then, plant yourself on one to watch the sun start to set far to the west. It’s only 40 minutes back to Medicine Hat. (There are no stores or facilities on site.)

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Overnight in Medicine Hat.

Day two:

Morning: Fill up the coffee cups and your water bottles and check the tires on your fat bikes for this mornings adventure. It’s time to ride the “Death Valley” Trail and many other trails that weave through the desert-like terrain at Redcliff. With your destination only ten minutes from downtown, better make that a small coffee.

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Afternoon: Now that you are dusty, spend the afternoon at Alberta’s best kept secret sandy beach. Echo Dale Reginal Park is only minutes west of town offering loads of fun for the family, people trying to stay afloat on a SUP.

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Evening: If you are pulling an RV, might we suggest as you leave Medicine Hat, you consider an overnight at Sandy Point Park. A short 100 km north will have relaxing at another of Alberta’s hidden gems.

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If you go:

Read more about your fun-filled holiday in Medicine Hat here.

Then, check our ZenSeekers and SnowSeekers  websites for more information about Medicine Hat and the surrounding area.

#MedHat is investing in alternative transportation via some innovative ways - hop the Medicine Hat Sunshine Trolley and/or take them up on their free bike rental offer to explore 115 kms of trails. Find out more.

Check into Tourism Medicine Hat to start planning your trip activities.

Uncover more adventures and places to stay for your #BucketlistAB by checking out the #BucketlistAB  webpage.

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