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World's Tallest Tepee

Teepee Official MarkBy far, Medicine Hat’s most visible landmark is the Saamis Tepee!

Originally constructed for the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics, the Saamis Tepee is a tribute to Canada’s native heritage. After being moved to Medicine Hat, erection and assembly of the major structural elements of the Saamis Tepee began October 20th, 1991, and was completed in less than one week.

Built entirely of steel with a concrete foundation, the tepee is ringed with 10 large circular story-boards depicting aspects of native culture and history.  The Saamis Tepee has a foundation weight of 800 metric tons, and the dead load of the structure is 200 metric tons. The main masts of the Tepee measure 215 feet (equivalent to a 20 story building!) and the diameter of the Tepee is 160 feet. There are 960 bolts holding the Tepee together.

Below the Saamis Tepee in scenic Seven Persons coulee, lays one of the Northern Plains archaeological sites - the Saamis Archaeological Site. This self-guided walking tour will show you one of the foremost important archaeological sites of the Northern Plains. The area was once a buffalo camp and meat processing site. Experts believe over 83 million artifacts are buried at the site.

The Saamis Tepee is located on the Trans-Canada Highway next to Tourism Medicine Hat.

For enquiries related to the Saamis Tepee, please contact

Lighting for a CausePurple Tepee

Saamis Tepee Colour Illumination

Photo by Irfan Nasir

The City of Medicine Hat values community awareness activities because they bolster community spirit and enhance a sense of belonging to the community. The purpose of the ‘Lighting for a Cause’ program is to:

  • reflect the spirit of City Council’s Strategic Plan 2019-2022
  • support one or more of the following objectives:
    • promote awareness of important social causes

    • emphasize the spirit of the community by accentuating and celebrating the spirit of living in Medicine Hat

    • promote a sense of belonging in the community

Please read the guidelines below carefully to ensure that your request fits with the criteria. If after reading you are still uncertain if your project is eligible, please contact the ‘Lighting for a Cause’ Program Administrator for clarity and assistance.

To submit your application, please fill out the form below. Alternatively, you can download the PDF version and submit it directly to
Application Process
Eligible Causes
Duration of Lighting
Request Evaluation
Please correct the field(s) marked in red below:

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Organization Name (if applicable)

Contact Name
Street Address
Address Line Two
Postal Code
Phone Number
Describe the event associated with your request
Lighting Date Request
Duration of Lighting (one day to one month)

Colours Requested 

There is the ability to have various colours with the following options:

  1. One colour for entire Tepee
  2. Upper pod and lower pod different colours
  3. Each pole in a separate colour (11 in total)

Please indicate your lighting choice(s):


1. One colour for entire Tepee:

2a. Upper pod of Tepee:
2b. Lower pod of Tepee:
3. Each pole in a separate colour (11 in total):

Please provide details of how you intend to market the illumination; communicating to the public as to why the Saamis Tepee is illuminated in colour.

This could include advertising, invitations, remarks, brochures, newsletters, media outreach, websites, promotional giveaways, press materials, etc:

Please provide any additional details that are relevant to this request:
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