Downtown Medicine Hat

Downtown Medicine Hat’s architecture is largely influenced by the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1883, and subsequent discoveries of clay and natural gas.

Today, Medicine Hat’s positive momentum is guided by an artistic culture, anchored by Medalta’s contemporary ceramic arts center, the Esplanade, and numerous studios and arts organizations in the downtown core.

As for downtown itself, many of those early rail-inspired brick buildings are still standing and are occupied by cool independent retailers, coffee shops, studios, and breweries who have encouraged even more creative expression.

Many downtown business owners have invited local and international graffiti artists to share their work on the sides of their businesses. The result is a bright collection of community and artistic expression.

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