Hotels in Calgary and Southern Alberta
Southern Alberta is a gorgeous landscape of charming towns and cities, picturesque natural areas, and must-visit attractions. Of the many premier destinations in southern AB, Calgary ranks among the most exceptional, and this winter and into spring, it’ll yield unmatched adventures for the whole family.
Medicine Hat is one of Alberta’s southeastern-most cities and yields full days of adventure, exploration, and more thanks to an impressive batch of attractions. The Medicine Hat Mall will offer up unique wares and excellent deals, while Echo Dale Regional Park will be alive with spring colors in early 2018. Downtown Medicine Hat features an array of nightlife options, fine dining, and so much more.
The Canalta Centre will be abuzz during your visit to Medicine Hat, thanks in large part to the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League. The 2017-18 season for the Tigers will already be underway by the time you visit, and there’ll be a host of sterling matchups.
On February 20th you can watch the Tigers take on the Portland Winterhawks, and the final home game of the season will be on March 19th against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
One of the most popular draws in southern Alberta is on fire – the Calgary Flames will be shredding the ice at the Scotiabank Saddledome this winter and spring. Drive in from nearby Strathmore or Canmore and check out the Flames in action.
The Flames will face the Edmonton Oilers (a huge local matchup) on January 21st, and the Philadelphia Flyers on February 15th. The Flames will host their final home game of the season on April 2nd against the Anaheim Ducks.
If your visit to southern Alberta is slated for late 2018, be sure to enjoy a festive and jolly celebration in Rocky Mountain House. Visit the Lou Soppit Community Centre on December 14th and 15th for the event: a Christmas Festival of Music: A Ray of Hope. Rocky Mountain House is northwest of downtown Calgary, and a short drive directly west from both Red Deer and Sylvan Lake.
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Communities and major cities in southern Alberta feature plenty of orchards, farms, markets, and more.
If you’re looking to pick your own fruits and vegetables, several farms are willing to accommodate you in southern Alberta. Pick saskatoons and enjoy a picnic at Solstice Berry Farm in Crossfield – just north of Airdrie.
Other Calgary agritourist stops include Kayben Farms – packed with fresh jams and jellies – and the Farm Restaurant for local Alberta foods brought right to the table.
Need a farmers’ market in Calgary? Enjoy strolling through the Calgary Farmers' Market, Bearspaw Lions Farmer's Market, and Blackfoot Farmers Market – plus Kingsland Farmers' Market and South Fish Creek Farmers' Market, and many more.
More U-pick farms are found in southeastern Alberta, including Altenhofen's Saskatoon, Chokecherry & Pincherry Orchard, Barnes Berry Farm, Heathers 2 Hectars, Robinpick Berry Farm & Lethbridge Cornmaze, and U Pick Magrath. Be sure to grab some fresh eggs from Hazy Hollow Acres in Picture Butte, and enjoy a fresh lunch at Broxburn Vegetables & Café in Broxburn.
One of southern Alberta’s larger cities, Medicine Hat offers even more stops for agricultural tourists. Check out the expansive TLC Farms in Whitla, or browse through the Medicine Hat Farmers' Market. Supported by the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede, the market is held on Saturdays from May through October at the Cypress Centre Fieldhouse or Pavilion.
More farmers’ markets are set west of Calgary – where agritourists can check out Banff Farmers’ Market in Banff, and Canmore Farmers Market in Canmore.
Curling & Hockey in Medicine Hat
Curling in Alberta? Well of course. Often the host of the Tim Hortons Brier, Alberta is home to many curling clubs, venues and accomplished curling leagues.
Visitors to Medicine Hat – an Alberta city set in the southeastern region of the province – can attest to the enthusiasm residents and travelers hold for this intense sport.
Recent host of the Canada Cup of Curling, Medicine Hat is also home to the Medicine Hat Curling Club, Medicine Hat Family Leisure Centre, and the Medicine Hat Arena.
When you decide to visit Medicine Hat, check the calendar for annual bonspiels held at the Medicine Hat Curling Club at the corner of Second Street Southeast and Ash Avenue Southeast.
Catch the Yuletide Bonspiel in late December, or the Alberta Junior Championships in early January. No matter the league you’re cheering for, the Medicine Hat Curling Club have you covered during your time in southern Alberta.
Another icy attraction of Gas City is the Medicine Hat Tigers – known to roar their way through the Western Hockey League. Members of the central division of the eastern conference, the Medicine Hat Tigers have won five WHL League Championships and two national Memorial Cups. Known to sell out the Medicine Hat Arena, the Tigers are yet another example of how Alberta knows hockey.
Hockey in Calgary
For some intense hockey in Alberta, Calgary has your answer. Home to the Calgary Flames of the NHL and Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, Cowtown knows a thing or two about slipping one past the goaltender.
Head to the Scotiabank Saddledome and catch the Calgary Flames heat up the Northwest Division of the Western Conference. These Stanley Cup champions delight hockey fans with on –the-ice action – especially against neighbours and rivals, the Edmonton Oilers.
Keep an eye out for Harvey the Hound – the first mascot of the NHL – and be sure to take a stroll through the 20,000-seat Saddledome.
Don’t stray too far from the Saddledome – as tempting at the city of Calgary may be. Yet another Cowtown hockey team is the Calgary Hitmen – members of the Central Division of the Western Hockey League.
This championship-winning team also draws hockey fans to ice of the Saddledome. Put together your best red and brown outfit, and catch these Western Hockey League champions right in the heart of Stampede City.