How you can spend a enjoyable weekend in Drugs Hat, Alberta


We drive into Drugs Hat below blue skies. With 330 days of sunshine per yr, stunning climate is par for the course. Our weekend targets are to discover the riverside parks, historic downtown, and museums – and choose up some domestically roasted espresso (okay, I confess, the latter is only for me). On the Customer Centre close to the World’s Tallest Teepee, I am instructed the

is the easiest way to expertise six impartial espresso retailers. There’s additionally a 

 for the 18 & over crowd. Word to self: Carry Grandma to babysit the youngsters subsequent time.

In response to Drugs Hat native, Abby Czibere, Skinny’s Smoke Home is “a should”! “I really like their poutine – they put bbq sauce on it in addition to braised beef and it is superb!” she gushes. Their burgers are additionally extremely advisable: “They actually take them to the following stage, and they’re tremendous scrumptious.” Skinny’s is situated on the north finish of the Drugs Hat so you possibly can seize a chunk in your manner in to city.

After dinner, head over to Mr. E’s Clear up-it-torium and see in case you can clear up the riddles and puzzles to flee from one in every of three escape rooms. 4-6 gamers advisable. Enable 45 minutes per room.


Saturday is an efficient day to go to a museum, as MedAlta and The Esplanade are closed Sundays within the off season (word: MedAlta is open Sundays Could lengthy weekend till Labor Day lengthy weekend). Enable 1-2 hours to go to every museum.

Beehive kiln at Medalta Museum, Medicine Hat
About to take a look at a beehive kiln at Medalta Museum, Drugs Hat

MedAlta is a one-of-a-kind ceramics manufacturing unit turned museum. Displays, artifacts, and movies within the authentic manufacturing unit buildings present guests how ceramic merchandise have been made and reveal the historic significance of the pottery business to Drugs Hat. Begin by punching your time card and checking what number of gadgets you could make in your shift. We have been amazed to study that plates have been produced in seconds, and have been fascinated by the tales, tools, and beehive kilns. Whether or not you have made one thing our of clay earlier than or not, it’s fascinating to see how widespread home items are made on a big scale. In summer season, test the calendar for particular excursions and occasions together with the Thursday night Market @ MedAlta.

A part of the Drugs Hat exhibit at The Esplanade

The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre is a museum, artwork gallery, and theatre within the coronary heart of downtown Drugs Hat. Try the everlasting Drugs Hat exhibit to study concerning the metropolis’s historical past, discover the artwork gallery and touring displays, then attend a live performance or efficiency. The constructing itself is a murals which has obtained a number of awards; climb the spiral staircase to the rooftop terrace and benefit from the view.

Heartwood Cafe is the place to go for “healthful, easy meals” in a comfortable, retro atmosphere. They’ve a number of scrumptious, gluten-free choices too!

Police Point Park, Medicine Hat
Police Level Park, Drugs Hat

Stroll amongst large, historical cottonwood bushes (300-400 years previous!) at Police Level Park, do some birding (a number of birds nest right here, close to the river), and go to the Nature Centre. Verify the Occasions Calendar for particular occasions. We beloved constructing birdhouses with the Drugs Hat Kinsmen Membership on Household Day Lengthy Weekend. Open Tuesday to Sunday.

Steak and soup at Rustic Kitchen and Bar
Steak lettuce wrap (sandwich made gluten free for me) at Rustic Kitchen and Bar

Rustic Kitchen and Bar is one in every of Drugs Hat’s high rated eating places and it is easy to see why. Each dish is lovingly made with domestically sourced components. We have been fortunate to get in with no reservation on Saturday evening and beloved the whole lot we ordered.

Head to Panorama Lanes for enjoyable glow bowling on Friday and Saturday nights!


Mad Hatter Roasterie, Medicine Hat
Madhatter Roasterie, Drugs Hat: good vibes and good espresso

When you’re like me and morning equals espresso time, you must begin your day at Mad Hatter Espresso Roasterie. Trace: When you purchase espresso beans, you get a free medium espresso! Additionally they give out samples if you cannot determine which beans are finest.

Medicine Hat Visitor Centre Loaner Bikes
Drugs Hat Customer Centre Loaner Bikes

Borrow bikes from the Drugs Hat Customer Centre and go biking within the Saskatchewan River Valley. You will not run out of locations to discover with 115 kilometers of biking and climbing trails! Kin Coulee Park and Strathcona Island Park have good picnic areas and playgrounds, Police Level Park is a big pure space with good alternatives for birding, Lion’s Park (subsequent to Strathcona Island Park) and Saamis Rotary Park have nice playgrounds, Riverside Veterans’ Memorial Park (downtown) has a Cenotaph, two CPR locomotives, mural, and a World Struggle II tank. For extra info on metropolis parks and trails, go to Metropolis of Drugs Hat.

Within the historic downtown, search for murals, do a self-guided Artwork Stroll, and go to historic websites.

Yumminess at Zucchini Blossom Cafe, Medicine Hat
Yumminess at Zucchini Blossom Cafe, Drugs Hat

Cross the Finlay Bridge in-built 1908 and have lunch at Zucchini Blossom Market and Cafe. Their paninis and baked items are superb!

When it heats up within the afternoon, have a seaside and boating day at Echo Dale Regional Park. The park boasts a paddling pond, fishing pond, sandy seaside, concession, and shaded picnic areas. Canoe and paddle boat leases can be found to your comfort. Skilled paddlers can paddle the South Saskatchewan River from Echo Dale to Strathcona Island Park (2-Four hours relying on water ranges and paddling expertise). 


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