“If you’re not wanting the rush of a big city, then I think Medicine Hat offers that to a lot of people." - Dawna Motz.
When Darrell and Dawna Motz found a quarter section of land outside of Medicine Hat on Range Road 71, they packed their belongings to move in 2012 from Hanna, Alta.
The couple owns a convertible to cruise in during the warmer months. When they drive into the city, a morning coffee at a local cafe, browsing the downtown businesses and enjoying the trails, whether on bike or foot, is a relaxing way the two would spend their day.
Dawna and Darrell owned a bed and breakfast when they lived in Hanna, and they had the desire to open a new one when they moved to Medicine Hat.
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.
Guesthouse 71 is located just outside of Medicine Hat and gives an authentic, unique and cozy experience in the prairies. A few reasons why the two opened the BNB was to embrace local businesses, encourage local shopping and to collaborate with small businesses in the area.
The couple enjoys operating their business every day, cherishes their time in the city, and is delighted to be near their children, who also live in Medicine Hat with their families. The two say they see themselves calling the city home for the foreseeable future.
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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.