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Sheepdogs herding sheep in the countrysidePhoto by Beigun Wschodni.

Escape to southern Alberta to end your summer. Get sticky fingers at Ribfest or travel back in time and watch the 2018 Canadian Sheepdog Championships. Whatever you decide to do in Medicine Hat, it will not be your average getaway!

Canadian Sheepdog Championship 2018

This one-of-a-kind event promises to entertain, educate and captivate you. Sheepdog trials are a century old sport and sheepdogs, usually a Border Collie, help herd sheep. From August 23 to 26, watch over 120 teams compete to win the Canadian Sheepdog Championship. Set amongst beautiful rolling hills, the event will also several sheep shearing and herding demos in addition to the main show. Bring your family, chairs and blankets and see a full event schedule here

The Big Sticky - CF Industries Ribfest

Nothing celebrates the dedication of Alberta beef and pork producers like Medicine Hat’s Ribfest. Otherwise known as the “Big Sticky,” the event runs from August 25 to 27 serving ribs with free admission. In addition to the main event there will be food trucks, a beer garden, rib eating contests, a Kidz Zone, a pet cooling station, and live music. Ben Chase performs Friday and Saturday and Rob Hudec Trio performs on Sunday. The event not only benefits your taste buds but it also benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters. Catch Ribfest at the Bay end of the Medicine Mall parking lot and stay up to date on the Facebook event

Ribfest takes place in the heart of Medicine Hat and if you’re looking for a place to stay, consider staying at the Home Inn Express nearby. Home Inn Express is a stone’s throw away from the mall, so you don’t have to walk far if you wanted to go for seconds at Ribfest!

Country Farms and Country Charms Day Tour

The full day tour on August 25 from Prairie Sprinter gives you a taste of country living. It begins with a visit to Alberta Prairie Elevator Museum and then takes you to explore the everyday lives of the Acadia Brethren Hutterite Colony. Enjoy a first-hand experience of farming and colony operations with a side of homemade toast and jam. The tour ends with learning about the combine harvesting process. As the sun sets, tour attendees will enjoy a locally prepared feast in the heart of rural Alberta. An experience not to be missed, the tour is $79 per person and you can buy tickets online. Prairie Sprinter also offers other tours close to Medicine Hat that might be of interest too.  

Whether you’re exploring the world of sheepdogs, tasting the best of Ribfest, or taking a break in the countryside, make sure you have a home away from home and book a place to stay