Echo Dale, the largest of Medicine Hat’s
parks, is located a short distance west of Medicine Hat along the South
Saskatchewan River. The park has two man-made lakes: one for swimming and one
for paddle boating and fishing. Two beach volleyball courts and many picnic
spots with fire pits are available. There are also many kilometers of hiking
trails through the coulees, one of which leads to the Gas City Campground. Access to the South Saskatchewan River is
available via a boat launch.
Echo Dale Regional Park is open year round.
The Echo Dale
Historical Farm features
the Woolfrey House, blacksmith shop, Ajax mine, Grandma’s Attic, a barn and a barn shelter. The barn shelter is an open-air
building available for rent which can host up to 150 people. It contains nine
picnic tables with fire pits close by.
Farm tours are
available. Call 403.527.7344
This small building with a wood-burning stove can hold up to 30
people. It is one kilometer from the boat lake, close to the river and
surrounded by a large expanse of grass. Other amenities include a fire pit,
benches and pit toilets.
Kin Coulee Park
Kin Coulee has over 100 acres of open space for any number of
countless activities and is Medicine Hat’s most popular picnic area. You’ll
find an impressive skateboard park, playgrounds, fire pits, beach volleyball
area, paved trails, ball diamonds and band shelter. In the winter the tobaggan
hill is very popular and the large firepit provides cheery warmth from the
Entrances to the park are found at the bottom of College Drive
and Kipling Street.
Strathcona Island Park
Highlighting the park is the playground and waterpark along with
many kilometers of paved walking and biking trails along the river and in among
the trees. Picnic areas, barbecue pits, boat launch and breathtaking view
points. Seek out the Heritage Trail
Marker where the Seven Persons Creek, Ross Creek and South Saskatchewan
converge when you visit.
A classic picnic park with broad areas of shady grass, a ball
park, playground and horseshoe pits. Trails can be found in the trees and if
you find one that leads to the river’s edge, you will find a fantastic view of
Police Point park on the other side. Nearby is the Strathcona Centre which
offers swimming and tennis.
Riverside Veterans’ Memorial Park
Across from City Hall, this park is often used for official
functions as well as a location as a festival space. A band shelter contains a
brick mural created by Jim Marshall. This mural, one of many created by Jim, is
a detailed portrayal of Medicine Hat’s history. The park has a Cenotaph, two
CPR locomotives and a World War II Sherman tank.
Police Point Park
Named because it once was the location of a Northwest Mounted
Police outpost, the park is now the place to view nature in Medicine Hat. There
are many kilometres of walking and cycling trails that wind through cottonwood
forests and sagebrush. The Cottonwood “giants” are thought to be between 200
to 300 years old.
The Nature Centre in
Police Point Park
is open year round, Tuesday through Sunday. Knowledgeable and
professional interpreters offer fun and informative scheduled tours of the park
and elsewhere in South Eastern Alberta. Learn more about the grassland flora
and fauna at the park and ask about renting a GPS unit and go on a hunt for
geocaches. Bird watching is very popular, with many reported sightings of rare
and unusual birds every year.
Winter visitors might see porcupine, deer and fox taking cover
in the park. Tracking is an engaging winter pastime. Some of the trails are
reserved for walking but cross-country ski trail are developed every winter.
Skis, boots, poles and snowshoes can be rented at reasonable rates at the Nature Centre.
details call 403.529.6225 natureline.info