“We love this city. From the people, to the amenities, to the recreations and the parks – it’s all here and we’re really happy to be here."
“This is the perfect base for a remote worker, and I see a lot of positives to basing myself here.”
“There are so many nice trails here. And I will never get over the wildlife. Even in our backyard, we’ll see deer daily, and at least two moose once a year. It’s such a beautiful city.”
“I’m just very grateful to have discovered Medicine Hat.”
“It’s such a beautiful and comfortable community to raise a family, and I’m excited for us to experience the city with our daughter."
“It’s so much fun to have the wildlife here with children. I think I even get a little more excited about it than they do.”
“I really like the nightlife and how lit up the city is when you’re driving through in the night. The ambiance is very bright, and it’s nice to look at and drive around. There isn’t a lot of screaming or partying — it’s very peaceful and colourful.”
The rise of local businesses such as cafes, breweries, restaurants and shops in town inspired the Powers to stay.
Robert and Annegret Jung moved from Kelowna B.C, with their 20-year chocolate business, and enjoy trails and city parks.
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"The waterparks are incredible — that’s where my children spent most of their time growing up. My sister-in-law and brother came to visit recently from Ontario, and I showed them the Ross Glen Water Park. They couldn’t believe it was free."
"The fact that Medicine Hat is the sunniest city in Canada makes me really happy. I really enjoyed my first summer here — I walked the trails almost everyday after work for an hour and a half."
"I love how I can afford to live in a beautiful historic brick home, on a breathtaking tree-lined street, close to the Historic Downtown, and I can walk to work from where I live."
"Alicia previously worked in day care, but she saw the move as an opportunity for a career change."
When you cross the street, someone stops for you, and when you stop for someone, you get a little wave. It’s the small things that make a big difference and it showcases the quality of people that live here.
“My kids also love the parks here. There is one about six houses down from us, and then at least five other parks in the area that are within walking distance."
Rob Pape moved to Medicine Hat 15 years ago with no expectation of being happily married and the executive director of the Folk Music Club.
"We love to go on day adventures with our kids and Medicine Hat is perfect for that."
“I only had to live here for two months to know this is where I wanted to end up.”
“The bike club was like a second family to me, and that is really what kept me here."
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"That’s vital for us, to be a part of a community that values time with family."
“There are so many parks and recreational places here. My kids love skating, and swimming. Sometimes we just drive around for hours and adore all the beautiful old buildings and houses."
“Honestly, when we first came here, we’d never heard of Medicine Hat. It was one of those places you drive through to get somewhere else. But, our first day here there was the Spectrum Sunshine Festival happening, and it was a beautiful sunny day. We realized really quickly there was more to the city,” says Lofgren.
We love checking out a new playground every day. Whether we walk or drive, we take the dog and explore a new trail or park. The kids’ favourite place is Strathcona Island Park.
They had a vision to create a new bed and breakfast that would promote the experiences Southern Alberta offers. In 2017, five years after their move, they officially opened Guesthouse 71.
“Our move has worked out in our favour in many ways, and there are still surprises along the way that show us this was the right decision."
“We fell in love with Downtown Medicine Hat when we visited three years ago, because it reminded us of Victoria and Nelson, B.C. The historical buildings are beautiful."
“There is a happy medium for families, couples and singles here,” she says. “The community is supportive, friendly and relaxed, and it’s a place where you can make those lifelong connections.”
Medicine Hat is one of the best communities in Canada, according to Maclean’s Magazine.
Murengi homeschools her children and says there is an extensive homeschooling community in the city, which is how they’ve met many other people and young families.
Michelle Amos and her husband lived all over the world while her husband worked in the military, and they decided that Medicine Hat felt most like home when he retired.
“There’s just a sense of ease and kindness that comes with the city, which I love.”
"There are so many pathways that seem endless, the weather is a big positive, and the community and atmosphere are very supportive,”
“The speed is so much slower here and it feels like everything is in reach.”
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“When they were little, there were so many options and places. We did something different every day.”
It can be decided in Medicine Hat whether one has a downtown, prairie, city-scape or river view in a quiet neighbourhood that awakes us with breathtaking sunrises, and settles us with calm sunsets.
With a whole world out there, new experiences call our name; some are temporary and some are permanent. The key is truly knowing when it’s time to find a new city to call home.
In Medicine Hat, the answer is likely yes.
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Young people are able to take advantage of several special programs of study in the Medicine Hat area.
“Some of my closest friends are small business owners, and you can connect with people through your passions here."
“Having a lot of parks, paths and close vicinity to schools is really nice. Medicine Hat is just really beautiful.”
Move to Medicine Hat is actively supported by these lead community minded organizations, and made possible in part through funding / sponsorship.
The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support programs and services. Les gouvernements de l’Alberta et du Canada travaillent en partenariat et financent conjointement des programmes et des services d’aide à l’emploi.