Family fun in Alberta in 48 hours or less

Family fun in Alberta in 48 hours or less

Give Gas City A Try

Saamis Teepee (World’s Largest Teepee). Credit: Mike Morrison @mikesbloggity


Medicine Hat, known as “The Gas City,” is a vibrant destination located in southeastern Alberta. With its rich history, beautiful landscapes, and a range of activities, it’s an ideal place for a family getaway. Here’s a 24-hour itinerary to help you make the most of your visit.


8:00 AM – Breakfast at Station Coffee Co

Address: 644 2 Street SE, Medicine Hat

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at this cozy local café. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee, pastries, and hearty breakfast options.

Station Coffee Co. Credit: Travel Alberta / Colton McKee

9:00 AM – Visit Medalta in the Historic Clay District

Address: 713 Medalta Avenue SE, Medicine Hat

Explore the history of Medicine Hat’s clay industry at this national historic site. The museum offers interactive exhibits and tours that are fun for the whole family.  There is also kids programming, including pottery lessons.

11:00 AM – Stroll Through Police Point Park

Address: 1001 Police Point Drive NE, Medicine Hat

Enjoy a leisurely walk in this serene park along the South Saskatchewan River. It’s a perfect spot for birdwatching and letting the kids run around. Some of the trees in the park are over 300 years old!

Kids exploring the Interpretive centre, at Police Point Park. Travel Alberta / Victor Aerden


12:30 PM – Lunch at Argo’s Restaurant

Address: 3065 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat

Enjoy a casual lunch at this very family-oriented restaurant, with its classic comfort food.

2:00 PM – Explore the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

Address: 401 1 Street SE, Medicine Hat

Discover local art, history, and culture at the Esplanade. The center features an art gallery, museum, and theatre with rotating exhibits and performances.

4:00 PM – Discover Saamis Tepee

Directions: On the Trans-Canada Highway next to Tourism Medicine Hat

Visit the world’s tallest tepee, a stunning landmark and symbol of Medicine Hat’s indigenous heritage. The site offers panoramic views and interpretive displays about local history.

Medalta in the Historic Clay District. Credit: Travel Alberta / John Price


5:30 PM – Dinner at The Mexican Hat

Address: 70c 8 Street Northwest, Medicine Hat

A very relaxed meal in a family-friendly establishment, with lots of finger food for energy depleted bellies.

7:00 PM – Sunset Walk Along the Riverside Veterans’ Memorial Park

Directions:  Located across from City Hall, 580 1 Street SE, Medicine Hat

Take a relaxing stroll along the riverfront and enjoy the beautiful sunset. The park offers scenic views and a peaceful environment to end your day.

8:30 PM – Dessert at Swirls Ice Cream

Address: Corner of Division Avenue & 4th Street SW, Medicine Hat

This Medicine Hat original is celebrating their 40th year of operation!  Treat the family to some delicious ice cream at this local favorite. They offer a wide variety of flavors and toppings.

Upcoming Major Events in Medicine Hat

Here are some major events to look forward to in Medicine Hat, that you could incorporate into your itinerary, and make a weekend of it:

Medicine Hat JazzFest

June 25-30th:  Enjoy a week of amazing jazz performances by local and international artists.

Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede

Date: July 24-27th: Experience rodeo events, a parade, midway rides, and entertainment for all ages.

Fall Into Christmas Fine Art & Handcraft Market

October 18-20: Shop for unique handmade gifts and art from local artisans.

Medicine Hat offers a rich blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, making it an ideal destination for a family getaway. Enjoy your 24 hours in “The Gas City” and make memories that will last a lifetime!