Havre, Medicine Hat
invite each other for
push is on to promote
travel, especially with
extended summer hours at the
port of entry north of Havre.
Havre Mayor Tim Solomon,
co-chair of the Wild Horse Border Committee, said Canadians
from both Alberta and Saskatchewan are regular visitors
to Havre and the attractions in
“They are very much welcomed,” he said.
He said that groups on
both side of the border have
been promoting travel in both
directions, especially with a
pilot program extending longer
summer hours at the Port of
Wild Horse between Havre and
Medicine Hat, Alberta. The 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. hours, normally
from May 15 to Sept. 30, run
this year from March 1 through
The committee and the
chambers of the two areas,
along with other groups
including the governmental
border agencies, are working to
promote the extended summer
hours, Solomon said.
Dave Lane, assistant manager of the Tourism Medicine
Hat visitors center, said the Albertan town typically has many
visitors over the summer, both as
a destination and as a one-day
stop for people passing through.
The trips to the town often
start with the visitors center, he
“It’s a very popular destination for travelers,” Lane said.
The center also is easy
to find — just off the highway
and where people can see the
20-story tall tepee on the southern edge of town, a major draw
Along with the travelers
center, Lane said, people can
find out about attractions and
events at the organization’s
“It has a very good events
calender there,” he added,
which is listed under the “Things
to do” button on the website.
The city has an extensive
list of hotels and motels, with
many just a short distance from
the local attractions, he said.
Two of the major events
are annual — the annual jazz
festival in June and the Medicine Hat stampede in July.
The Medicine Annual Stampede, set to run July 27-30 this
year, is a full-fledged fair and
“It’s a bit of a debate
whether it’s the oldest or the
Calgary Stampede is,” said
The Medicine Hat Jazz
Fest, now in its 15th year, is
set to run from June 20-26.
The festival has performances
throughout the city by artists
from Canada and around the
Several historical sites also
are in or near the city.
The Medalta Potteries National Historic Site is an interactive museum showcasing the site
that once produced 75 percent
of the pottery in Canada.
The downtown of Medicine
Hat also has much to offer, Lane
said. There is a national historic
district of buildings in the downtown section — “There is quite
a lot of history there” — as well
as the museum, art gallery and
Lane said the performance
gallery has one of the bestacoustically rated theaters in the
“It’s kind of an amazing
thing for the size of the city,” he
The town also has more
than 100 parks as well as four
camp sites outside its borders,
as well as some 60 miles of
trails throughout it.
“That’s a very popular spot
for the locals and for the people
coming in,” Lane said about the
Between Havre and Medicine Hat, and extending into
Saskatchewan, is the Cypress
Hills Provincial Park. Lane said
the region, a mass of hills rising
out of the flatland, also is a
“It’s quite a strange thing
to see rising out of the prairie,”
he said, adding that it is a very
attractive spot for camping and
for day trips.