An excavated kiln from this former 1912 ceramics factory is on display in the Medalta lobby. Take a look at it before touring the site, which is now a museum. Learn how pottery used to be made on the factory’s original machines, and discover the historic importance of clay to Medicine Hat’s economy.
The Esplanade, a downtown arts complex, is home to a 3,000-square-foot gallery, 700-seat theatre, museum and archive. Stop to admire Blake Senini’s sculpture, Turn Turn Turn (A Resting Place) out front before strolling the heritage garden of the Victorian Ewart Duggan House next door.
Opened in 1911, The Monarch Theatre is one of the oldest buildings of its kind in Alberta. The smooth, white stucco moderne façade has hardly changed since its 1935 renovation, and inside, the red-velvet stage curtain and art deco plasterwork are reminiscent of a distinctly more-stylish era in theatre history.
4. Inspire Café
Sisters Maureen Newton and Louise Vernal run this art gallery and café combo, which is located in a former general store built in 1901. The space is filled with works by local artists—admire them while snacking on a gourmet cheddar, swiss and brie grilled-cheese sandwich and sipping a locally roasted coffee.
Medicine Hat By the Numbers
The year the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede began. Now in its 132nd year, it is one of Canada’s oldest rodeos. This year’s spectacle takes place July 24 to 27.
The number of days of annual sunshine in the city—making any time you visit perfect for viewing the colourful murals along South Railway Street.