Posted by D. Stewart; E. Ammann on February 28, 2015
Many geocachers enjoy spending a day or two in Medicine Hat, and it isn't just the power trails (although ther are three to choose from), nor the geo-art (although it is pretty impressive, and there are four to choose from), or even the people (although we enjoy their company plenty, every time we are there). There are simply so many reasons to visit, we can't choose just one.
Medicine Hat is a thriving city of 60,000 people, nestled in the picturesque Canadian Badlands. This hidden gem is known as “Canada’s Sunniest City” and boasts beautiful natural scenery as a backdrop to an energetic cultural community. From the mighty South Saskatchewan River to the roar of one of Alberta’s only race car tracks to the ebb and flow of the locals enjoying a downtown art walk, Medicine Hat has lots to enjoy. Festivals, concerts and special sports events mixed with farmer and craft markets offer activities year round. Outdoor options are always available with hiking and biking on the 90km of city trails, 100 parks (water playgrounds included), 6 public swimming pools, a separate beach and paddling lake in Echodale park; a ski hill, ice track and luge in nearby Cypress Hills, snowshoeing at Police Point Park, the list goes on and on!
If you aren't yet convinced to go geocaching in Medicine Hat, how about a geocoin challenge and a deal on a room? The Medicine Hat Accomodation Association is launghing a fun new geo-tourism initiative that runs from March 1st to October 31st, 2015. Here is what you need to know for the challenge:
Test your treasure seeking abilities with Medicine Hat's newest coin challenge!
Enjoy the outdoors as you follow the clues hidden throughout Medicine Hat. Find the answers to ten of the twelve clues (provided at check-in at the hotel) to claim the teepee shaped coin trackable on geocaching.com. We'll even give you a snack bar and Contigo water bottle to help you complete the challenge. All you have to do is choose your favorite hotel to take advantage of this great hotel package!
Regular Package Price $122.99
Geo-Coin Challenge Package Rate $109.99
(Formerly Motel 6, currently undergoing renovations)
Regular Package Price $172.00
Geo-Coin Challenge Package Rate $159.00
Regular Package Price $175.00
Geo-Coin Challenge Package Rate $139.00
1-800-661-8095 or 403-529-2222
Limited quantities available. Not valid with any other offer. Package available March 1-October 31. Rates based on availability,contact hotel for details.
We will be heading over to Medicine Hat to check things out for ourselves the first weekend in April and are bringing our family from Saskatchewan to join us. We will post a follow up blog after the weekend outlining our experiences and showing off the geocoin. Things have already started out well. We booked our room prior to the March 1 launch, but the lady who took our reservation was already aware of the package (good sign) but not everything it entailed (we can forgive that). Stay tuned for more!