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Endless Winter Recreation Activities Underway Across City

Post Date:12/23/2019 10:00 AM
Medicine Hat – The City of Medicine Hat boasts endless winter activities and is encouraging residents to take advantage of the winter months.

Outdoor Rinks: The City operates four high board rinks which are cared for by community volunteers. Each of these high board rinks have lighting and porta potties for your enjoyment. The four high board rinks are mainly for shinny hockey and ringette, though everyone is welcome.

Helmets are recommended at all outdoor skating facilities.
  • Jeffries – 4th Ave. NE
  • Southlands – Southlands Rd SE
  • East Glen – East Glen Dr. SW
  • Riverside – 1st St. NW

The City also operates one pond, maintained by volunteers, at South Ridge Community Park.

There are also five low board rinks for leisure skating. These are cared for by volunteers as well, and are great for general skating and learning to skate.

  • Kiwanis Central Park – 11th St SE
  • River Heights – Prospect Dr. SW
  • Upland – Upland Dr. NW
  • Hull – Hull Way NE
  • Palliser – Palliser Dr. NE

Kin Coulee Toboggan Hill: Spend the day and evening out with family or friends. The lights at the Kin Coulee Toboggan Hill are on daily from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Concession services are available (weather dependent) between 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm for the following dates:

  • December 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
  • January 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26
  • February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16

Enjoy the other sledding hills at Celebration Park in Southlands and at South Ridge Community Park.

Helmets are recommended.

Cross Country Skiing: Enjoy four kilometer of cross country ski trails in Police Point Park. Rent skis from the Nature Centre or bring your own. Trails are groomed and cut for classic cross country skiing and are clearly marked every 0.25 km and at major trail heads. Please do not bike or walk on this trail.

A one kilometer groomed cross country ski trail can also be found in Kiwanis River Park, just off Red Deer Dr. SW. This is a flat loop which includes a fire pit and sitting area.

Crokicurl: Crokicurl is a Canadian winter sport first played in Winnipeg, Manitoba, combining curling and Crokinole. Play in teams of two and score points by throwing stones into the centre of the ice where the circles are marked. The highest circle is worth 20 points.

The Crokicurl surface is located on Minto Ave SE in Strathcona Island Park.

Trails: The Parks and Recreation Department and Municipal Works work to clear more than 80 kilometers of trails every winter. These trails are cleared for walking, biking, running and active transportation.

There are a number of trails which are not cleared during the winter months and are intended for fat biking, walking and snow shoeing.

Please use trails at your own risk.

parkrun: The community run continues throughout the year, in partnership with the Medicine Hat Running Club. This is a great way to stay active with a great group of people during the winter months. Together, with the Parks and Recreation Department, the five kilometer route in Strathcona Island Park is kept clear of ice and snow for runners and joggers of all ages and abilities.

Disc Golf: The courses can still be played during the winter months at Kiwanis Central Park, Leinweber Park and the new nine holes course located at Gillwell Park.

Medicine Hat Nature Centre - Interpretative Programs & Activities: The Medicine Hat Nature Centre is run by the Grasslands Naturalists through a contract with the City of Medicine Hat. There are many winter activities that take place at the Nature Centre.

The Centre is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. It will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Next month there will be a wonderful display of art from the three high schools. Everyone is welcome to attend the evening reception on January 9 for “Young Artists Inspired by Nature”.

Families and school groups can look forward to another winter StoryWalk® which launch on January 25, and will be up until the end of February.

Kiwanis Family Day will be celebrated in February. Activities may depend upon the snow levels, but the fun is guaranteed. If there is snow, skis and snowshoes can be borrowed for free that day thanks to the Kiwanis Club sponsorship. Inside, the workshop will be busy with families building bird houses.

The City of Medicine Hat encourages everyone to enjoy our winter amenities and participate in the activities safely. 

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For further information, please contact:

Parks & Recreation
City of Medicine Hat
403.529.8333

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