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According to popular legend the name Medicine Hat originated because of a battle between Cree and Blackfoot Indians on the banks of a southern Alberta river. The Cree fought bravely until their medicine man deserted them, losing his headdress in midstream. Believing this to be a bad omen, the Cree put down their weapons and were killed by the Blackfoot. This site became known as “Saamis,” which translates as “medicine man's hat.”
A buried prehistoric river, or aquifer, serves as a source of unlimited cool water. More than 20 billion cubic metres (26 billion cu. yd.) of natural gas reserves inspired Rudyard Kipling in 1907 to describe Medicine Hat as possessing “all hell for a basement.”
Outdoor opportunities include swimming and fishing at Echo Dale Regional Park. Circuit cowboys and spectators gather for 3 days in mid-July for the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede .

Tourism Medicine Hat 330 Gehring Rd. S.W. Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4W1. Phone:(403)527-6422 or (800)481-2822

Medicine Hat Mall (3292 Dunmore Rd. S.E.) features Hudson's Bay among its more than 100 stores.

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Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Medicine Hat
2510 Box Springs Blvd. Medicine Hat, AB T1C 0C8
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Days Inn Medicine Hat
24 Strachan Ct SE. Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4R7
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Comfort Inn & Suites
2317 Trans-Canada Way SE. Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4E9
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Home Inn Express Medicine Hat
20 Strachan Ct SE. Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4R7
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