Bike Medicine Hat
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 build-ing 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 kilo-meter 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.
General Inquiries: 403.529.8333
Rental Inquiries: 403.529.8340
Hours of Operation: 7:00-11:00
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 shel-ter. In the winter the tobaggan hill is very popular and the large firepit provides cheery warmth from the cold.
Entrances to the park are found at the bot-tom 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 por-trayal 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 cotton-wood forests and sagebrush. The Cotton-wood “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 reason-able rates at the Nature Centre.
For more details call 403.529.6225 natureline.info