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Medicine Hat Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 9
Total Sleeping Rooms 871
Largest Exhibit Space 33,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate CAD $174
Average Daily Meal Cost CAD $129
Average Weekly Car Rental CAD $298

Medicine Hat Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's MICE Guide to Medicine Hat, a city guide for MICE professionals. Home to the largest convention and conference facility in southeastern Alberta, as well as one-of-a-kind attractions, a charming historic downtown and year-round outdoor recreation, Medicine Hat is ideally located between major Alberta and Saskatchewan cities, easily accommodating inter-provincial events. Situated on the scenic South Saskatchewan River Valley, Medicine Hat boasts natural beauty and wide-open spaces paired with mid-sized city value when it comes to hosting meetings and group events. The city is well positioned at the junction of the Trans Canada Highway and #3, within easy access to a variety of unique venues, prepared tour options and spousal activities.

Meeting delegates arriving to Medicine Hat by air can fly into Medicine Hat Regional Airport. Conveniently located just five miles from downtown Medicine Hat, Medicine Hat Regional Airport provides daily scheduled nonstop flights to and from Calgary, and from there connections to major Canadian, American and international destinations. From the airport, delegates can hop onto public bus service via Medicine Hat Transit, which provides daily service throughout downtown Medicine Hat, Medicine Hat Regional Airport and the surrounding area.

Once in Medicine Hat, many groups opt to hold events at the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede, which offers 85,000 square feet of meeting and event space. As the largest convention and conference facility in southeastern Alberta, the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede has hosted an annual stampede (rodeo) since 1887 and today accommodates a number of agricultural events, as well as conferences, conventions and meetings. Groups can gather in a variety of event spaces, which include the 14,000-square-foot Auditorium; 33,000-square-foot Fieldhouse; 23,000-square-foot Pavilion; 1,200-square-foot Fireside Room with beautiful cherry paneling, a fireplace and private wet bar; and Carriage House and Park, which features the 800-square-foot Carriage House, six-acre park with quaint, turn-of-the-century Main Street and outdoor event space.

Aside from the variety of event spaces at Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede, Medicine Hat is home to a number of unique venues that not only showcase the area's rich heritage, but also accommodate group gatherings. The centerpiece of a 150-acre Canadian National Heritage Site, Medalta is a state of the art contemporary ceramic artists' studio facility and industrial museum that focuses on the area's abundant supply of clay and resulting works of art. Groups can tour Medalta's vast pottery collection and working pottery studio museum, as well as hold events within the site's 6,000 square feet of event space, housed in a fantastic example of historic, century-old industrial architecture graced with modern touches. Situated on traditional Blackfoot territory along downtown Medicine Hat's First Street South, the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Center tells stories of the region's collective culture through music, dance, theatre and art programming. Groups can attend a production at the centre, tour its permanent and visiting exhibitions at the art gallery and hold an event in such spaces as its main lobby, rooftop terrace and theatres.

When it comes to group tours and activities, Medicine Hat does not disappoint. Groups can create custom tours and programs at Police Point Park Interpretive Centre, which sits within the 241-acre Police Point Park, bordered on three sides by the South Saskatchewan River. Groups can arrange for wilderness programs and ski and snowboard lessons at the nearby Hidden Valley Ski Hill, as well as bowl a frame at Medicine Hat's Panorama Lanes, which specializes in corporate events and private parties.

About Medicine Hat / Additional Info

Known as Canada's sunniest city, thanks to its 2,152 hours of sunshine each year, Medicine Hat in southern Alberta is a year-round outdoor recreation playground home to more than 100 parks and 90 kilometers of hiking and biking trails throughout the city. The city also features a number of arts and culture venues, seven golf courses, southern Alberta's largest shopping mall and the sprawling Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District, which pays homage to the area's natural resources and heritage.

Medicine Hat came to be when the Canadian Pacific Railway arrived to the area in 1883. When the Canadian Pacific Railway stopped to build a bridge across the South Saskatchewan River, a tent town was born and Medicine Hat was incorporated as a city around the turn of the century. Known as The Gas City for its large natural gas fields, the southern Alberta city is rich in natural resources, including natural gas, clay, coal and farmland. A nod to its strength in natural resources, historic downtown Medicine Hat is lined with traditional gas lights, incorporated within downtown's eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and restored turn of the century architecture.

Downtown Medicine Hat is home to a number of cultural venues, ranging from the historic Monarch Theatre, which opened in 1911 as a film theatre and continues to show first run independent movies today, to the contemporary Esplanade Arts & Heritage Center, which features an art gallery, museum, intimate studio theatre, public archives, education suite and main stage. Visitors and residents alike can soak up the city's abundant sunshine while enjoying its extensive Heritage Trail System. Spanning 90 kilometers of hiking and biking trails, the trail system links five major parks and many of the city's municipal parks, including those situated along the north and south banks of the South Saskatchewan River.

Visitors to Medicine Hat also enjoy the city's great selection of restaurants serving locally sourced fare inspired by international flavors; many restaurants offer private event space for group gatherings. The Thai Orchid Room serves fresh, flavorful authentic Thai cuisine in a sleek, contemporary space, while Twist in historic downtown Medicine Hat serves an impressive selection of wine, imported and domestic beer, Spanish cocktails and tapas. Cappuccino bar meets gourmet grocery meets Mediterranean-influenced eatery, The Zucchini Blossom Market and Cafe crafts a daily changing menu with the freshest ingredients available. Tumbleweeds Grill serves specialty martinis and international flavors, while Medicine Hat's Local Public Eatery is a comfortable, casual gathering spot fanatical about craft beer and fresh ingredients.

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