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The Tourism Branding survey was released yesterday on It is the third step in our public engagement process (following the Executive Interviews and Question of the Week). The survey will be posted for the next 2 – 3 weeks. It takes about 10 minutes to complete.

The survey has taken elements from the previous two steps (primarily the Question of the Week) as certain themes emerged. The outcome of the survey is going to be a much more defined focus for our tourism industry and so we need as much public participation as possible over the next few weeks. People have been really engaged so far and this is really when we need their input the most.

A focused approach to Tourism will lead to a stronger Tourism Industry from an economic perspective. Tourism stakeholders have long maintained that this industry hasn’t yet realized its potential, which is what this tourism brand is seeking to help with.

To sweeten the deal for respondents, there are a number of prizes which respondents can choose to enter a draw for.

  • Medalta, in the Historic Clay District: Tea Pot, Sugar & Creamer set (approx. retail value – $80)
  • Cypress Hills: Wildlife & Park Bus Tour from Medicine Hat (20 people max). Blackout Period: July – August, Public Holidays. Includes Red Rock Coulee, Branchville Road, Eagle Butte & Elkwater (approx. retail value – $1,000)
  • Track Side Liquor Store: Two bottles wine (approx. retail value – $40)
  • Tourism Medicine Hat: Gift Basket (approx. retail value – $80)
  • Paradise Valley: 10 Golf Passes (5 x 2 packs)
  • Elkwater Lake Lodge & Resort: One (1) night accommodation in a Lodge Room. Blackout periods apply (approx. retail value – $115)

As always,  any questions can be directed to me (Quentin Randall) as the manager of this project.
twitter: @q_randall
phone: 403.529.1070

Thank you – this has been an excellent process and if we can finish strong, I’m feeling good about the final result.

If Medicine Hat was a person, who would it be? And why?

That’s the question posted on this week. It’s the final week of the public engagement portion designed to determine a brand for Medicine Hat’s tourism industry.

Response has been great so far – nearly 100 responses – and we’re looking to go out with a bit of a bang.

This question should be fun so don’t feel like you have to hold back. If you have a smart-mouth answer you just have to get out there, please don’t hold back. Just make sure it’s true (in your opinion, at least).

After this, we’re going to do a few weeks of more formal surveys and the responses to these questions are helping refine what those look like. So basically, your responses to this are helping us down the road too.

Thanks again and if you have any questions about the Tourism Branding Project, go to Most of the answers are there and if you’re still not satisfied, get in touch with members of the tourism branding committee.

It should be a fun week – Medicine Hat’s tourism branding project is asking you to finish the following sentence:

“Medicine Hat is the only place in the world you can ____________.”

It’s week three of the tourism branding public engagement project and there have been some good answers on the previous questions. And this week may provide some of the most interesting comments to date.

So, what is the answer? What’s the one thing you can do in (or around) this city that you can’t do anywhere else?

Does the answer have to do with the weather? Or any of our facilities like the Drag Strip, baseball diamonds, Medalta or the Esplanade? What about the golf courses?

Is there anything with the river or the bizarre under-rated landscape of the valley?Maybe the snakes factor into it somehow. Or the fact that, if you know where to look, you can get fresh tomatoes in the middle of winter. Granted, that’s not quite an anywhere-in-the-world kind of thing but it sure does satisfy cravings for tomato sandwiches in January.

So let your voice be heard – this project is running for two more weeks and we want to hear from everyone. It’s not often that projects like this look for a month’s worth of input so go to the website and let your voice be heard.

Members of Medicine Hat’s Tourism Industry Group (TIG) are leading a project to identify a tourism brand which will attract more visitors to South East Alberta. Part of the plan is public engagement through the creation of a website designed to facilitate discussion about the finer points of Medicine Hat.

The idea behind the project is that tourism is an industry which has traditionally underperformed but has high growth potential. To get at what our brand is, it’s important to have a public forum and get a sense of what Hatters like about their city as well as opportunities that could be capitalized on.

To facilitate discussion, the website ( will ask one question each week for four weeks. The first question is “When you have visitors from out-of-town, where do you take them to have the definitive Medicine Hat experience (and why there)?”

So if there’s something you always do with visitors, please let us know by posting it on the website. Aside from the weekly questions, we’re leaving the conversation pretty wide open. These discussions will provide some direction for the survey (which will come out in February) and ensure that we’re not doing this work in a vacuum. The discussion policies are pretty straight forward – basically, just practice the Golden Rule.

If you want more information on the project, we have posted a lot on the site including the Project Charter, Request for Proposals, Workplan and contacts.

And finally, as an added incentive, we have a prize draw for comments which will take place every Friday. This week’s prize is 10 golf passes to Paradise Valley Par 3. Not bad, hey?

So go, comment and have your voice heard.

Since most things we post about on Medicine Hat Media are up and coming events or news articles, I thought a post about things to do in Medicine Hat all year-round would be a nice deviation. Here is a short compilation:

Medicine Hat Family Leisure Centre offers 4 pools, including a wave pool, lane swimming pool, and a deeper end to accommodate the three diving boards and rope swing. The pool also offers a water slide, steam room, adult hot tub, and a warmer pool for babies and younger children.

Shortgrass Library is a spacious library consisting of thousands of books, magazines, audio tapes and CD’s, spread over multiple floors. Also offered are meeting rooms that include room enough to seat people comfortably, Internet connections, projection screens and whiteboards. The library is not just used to sign out books, but also offers TV, VCR/DVD, overhead and slide projectors, and theater LCD projector rentals.

Medicine Hat Menus is a menu website that includes a very large assortment of restaurants in Medicine Hat. Their slogan “Decide before you dine” is nothing short of the truth, as with nearly 30 menu listings and 150+ restaurants listed you do not have to drive around wondering where to go. The website provides users with the address and phone number of any restaurant in its listing, and also provides menus for the restaurants who allow their menu to be posted online with the website, which is very handy when ordering. Coupled with Medicine Hat Menus, MH Restaurants is a sister-site and provides reviews for many restaurants in the city. Check them out to see what people have to say.

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