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Lauren Thomson

“We are really looking forward to raising our family here." - Lauren Thomson

Lauren Thomson, her husband and three children moved to Medicine Hat from Edmonton at the end of August 2020, when her husband found a mechanical engineering job in the city.

The move brought them closer to family located in Saskatchewan and Medicine Hat, and the community itself further encourages the Thomson’s to adventure within and outside of the city.

“We love it here,” says Thomson. “We love that Medicine Hat is a quieter city with many things to do. The city has done a great job of having different yearly events, and there are beautiful nearby attractions to visit.”

Over the Christmas holidays, the family drove the 45 minutes to Elkwater in Cypress Hills National Park for Thomson’s birthday, and the family looks to plan more trips out there during the summers.

“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,” she says.

The amount of walking trails excites Thomson, and she and her family take advantage of them often by foot and bike.

“We’re so happy with our move here. The city isn’t overly crowded and there’s always something to do and new people to meet in the community.”

Thomson found herself a position at the Medicine Hat News and says she loves learning and telling the stories about community members that are doing neat and interesting things in the city.

“We are really looking forward to raising our family here and experiencing everything Medicine Hat has to offer,” says Thomson.
Thomson and her family enjoy a walk in Strathcona Island Park, which has a long trail that's paved along the South Saskatchewan River. Strathcona Island Park is a wonderful space for families, because it has parks, a waterpark, firepits, picnic tables and a nearby tennis court and swimming pool.

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