Staycations- Staying Safe

Posted on : Monday, July 06, 2020


As restrictions lift and people slowly venture out more and more, there is little doubt that thoughts of the coronavirus pandemic will linger in our minds for some time.

Where should we go? What can we do? Is it safe?

Frankly, it can be difficult to navigate the looming questions, and that by itself can add to our hesitations, add to our worries. But, at the same time, we are all itching to retrieve a semblance of normalcy, to get out into the world a little and to see something other than the walls of our homes or offices.

If we’re planning an outing, or looking for ways to spend our vacation time, the least we are looking for is peace of mind. 



Hoteliers and those in the accommodations industry are acutely aware of that need for feeling safe, and in Medicine Hat they are working diligently to ensure that whoever needs a place to lay their head can do so knowing they are taken care of in every way.

The pandemic has kept people apart, but if there is one thing we have learned in all this, it’s that we need each other’s safety to ensure our own. 

And since long-form travel has been restricted to varying degrees, people in Western Canada might be looking for places closer to home where they can stay safe while having a great time. Medicine Hat is a perfect spot for just that, where visitors can take in numerous attractions and points of interest both within the city and the surrounding badlands of the southeast Alberta corner.

“I think Medicine Hat is particularly well situated for stay-cations,” says Kell Sloan, general manager of the Holiday Inn Express. “I’m fairly new to the city myself, and am still getting to know the area, and I am just constantly amazed at what’s within an hour to two-hour’s drive from here.”


The Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre,  Police Point Park and the Medalta Museum in the Heritage Clay District within the city, as well as Writing on Stone, Red Rock Coulee, Elkwater Lake and The Cypress Hills a short drive away — these are just some of the many attractions available to visitors. And when you station yourself at local accommodations, you’ll also see the warm, friendly people southeast Alberta has awaiting you.  

“As well as having a very advantageous location as a city, Medicine Hat combines big-city amenities with small-town charm,” Sloan says. “It’s one of the things I really love about living here. You get to know people, you get to know your neighbours.

“And the hotel industry is top-of-the-line; these are all highly trained, highly skilled professionals who take the industry very seriously, and take their jobs very seriously — something I’m not sure you’ll find everywhere.”

It’s a difficult and unsure time and we all want to have that feeling of being safe and secure, and so if you decide to take a trip down the highway this summer, you can rest assured that when it’s time to rest, you’re in more than capable, caring hands.

“The hoteliers and the stakeholders in this community are so dedicated to keeping the industry strong in Medicine Hat,” Seguin says. “Everyone works really hard in the tourism industry to bring people to the community so they can experience all the great things the region has to offer.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing travellers return, and look forward to seeing their smiling faces, and letting them know that they’re in a safe place.”