The city of Medicine Hat boasts over 100 kilometres of walking trails in the city. A number of the parks are linked by this extensive trail system.
- Police Point Park was an early North-West Mounted outpost, and the park is now a 300-acre nature-lovers’ dream with shale paths next to the South Saskatchewan River. It is also one of Southern Alberta’s well known birding destinations. The park encompasses The Medicine Hat Interpretive Program building, where they run programs and inform the public about the happenings of nature around the city. There is also a path for those looking to do cross country skiing during the winter months.
- Strathcona Island Park is located along the south bank of the South Saskatchewan River. The park has 5 kilometres of walking trails, playgrounds, a water park, ball diamonds, a pavilion centre, washrooms, ice skating, kitchens and fire pits. The park is heavily treed.
- Kin Coulee Park is located along the banks of the Seven Persons Creek. This 100-acre park is almost entirely manicured. The park features a skateboard park, 2 ball diamonds, beach volleyball courts, fire pits, a band shell, washrooms, and 2 playgrounds. It’s also the venue for the annual Canada Day festival and fireworks.
- Echodale Regional Park is a 650 acre park that includes an artificial swimming lake. Amenities include a beach, walking trails, fire pits, canoe rentals, paddle boats, snack bar, washrooms and historic ranch.
- Central Park – located in the Southeast Hill neighborhood – is surrounded by large cottonwood trees and, on the north side, a row of cedar trees. It also has play structures and a spray-deck. A street basketball court can be found here, which is usually in full use during the summer months.
- Riverside Veterans’ Memorial Park – located downtown across River Road from the South Saskatchewan river and across 6th Avenue from city hall – is home to the city’s Cenotaph, a WWII era Sherman tank, a brick mural by James Marshall and two CPR locomotives. It is home to the majority of Spectrum activities, a summer festival that takes place during the summer.
A Short Drive Away…
- Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – Alberta Side – Elkwater has a lake with a marina allowing access to all types of water sports, a ski hill (Hidden Valley), a 9-hole golf course and lots of open grass areas for activities. Campsites in the area include: Lakeview, Old Baldy, Beaver Creek, Ferguson Hill, Lodgepole, Firerock, Spruce Coulee, Reesor Lake, Battle Creek and Upper Graburn. Elkwater also has bed-and-breakfast and Lake Lodge accommodation, and the Bar-Zee Bed & Breakfast. There are convenience stores, restuarants and gas stations on site. There is also a Park administration office. Elkwater is also home to the annual Mile High Tri (a triathalon competition).
- Cypress Hills Interprovinical Park – Saskatchewan Side – (Information to be completed)
- Rattlesnake Lake – Golden Sheaf Park – Located 23km west of Medicine Hat, Rattlesnake Lake is adjacent to Golden Sheaf Park which has 454 private camp sites open between April 15 and October 15 yearly, as weather permits. both electrical and non-electrical sites with showers and flush toilets situated through the park. Two group camp sites available for group functions. There is a sandy beach and two popular children’s playgrounds, year round fishing and a boat launch for those who enjoy water skiing, wakeboarding or prefer fishing by boat over casting from the shore.