Olympic Tepee Plays A Starring Role In Southern Alberta Travel Itineraries

Medicine Hat Travel Destinations

Medicine Hat Travel Destinations

©2008Angie Haggstrom

The world’s largest tepee located in Medicine Hat, Alberta proudly greets anyone traveling through Southern Alberta. Although it is easy to spot during the day, the Saamis Tepee lights up beautifully at night to give visitors to the area a warm welcome. The structure stands more than 65 meters (213 feet) high and has a diameter or almost 50 meters (160 feet) at its widest point. The tepee was originally built in Calgary, Alberta to honor the Aboriginal people during the 1988 Olympics. In 1991, they moved the 200 metric ton (800 lbs) structure to Medicine Hat where it remains the pride of the city. ©2008Angie Haggstrom

For those who travel into the heart of Medicine Hat, historic buildings house a wide array of specialty shops, restaurants, stores, and services that are completely different from both malls located in the city. The Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District is one of the most unique historic sites in the country. Guided tours of the attraction tell the history of Medalta Potteries and Hycroft China Complexes along with the history of the clay industry. The factory was a leader in the brick and tile industry in the early 1900’s. Soon, Medalta and its sister factory in Redcliff, Alberta moved into the pottery and porcelain industries. Up until it closed in 1989, these factories produced a variety of famous pottery and china products.

Another Medicine Hat travel destination to include in your travel itinerary is the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre. Housing a world-class performance venue, spectacular art gallery, as well as historical archives, this state of the art building is the cultural hub of the city. They have musicians, artists, and dancers from all over the world giving you the perfect opportunity to see amazing performances and shows in a small town setting. The concert hall is just the right size to give everyone the perfect seat.

Whether you are seeking interesting sites, a historic journey, shopping, or culture, Medicine Hat has it all. The large number of amenities and location make it the perfect stop for everyone’s travel plans. Feel free to venture through the city’s hidden treasures and fall in love with this beautiful city.

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