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Every month we share events happening in Medicine Hat that our visitors can check out, but this month is different. As the world navigates the COVID-19 outbreak, we are all doing our part to limit its impact. 

Walking outside is a great way to practice social distancing and get in a daily dose of fresh air. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends keeping six to 10 feet away from other people to limit the spread of the disease. Luckily, there are several hiking trails close to Medicine Hat that can help one do this: 
 

Strathcona Island Park Trail 

This six-kilometre (km) walk along the South Saskatchewan River is a pleasant addition to any day. AllTrials describes the Strathcona Island Park trail as “good for all skill levels” and says it’s perfect for walking, trail running, mountain biking and dog-friendly (as long as they are kept on a leash). 
 

Police Point Park Loop

The Police Point Park Loop is a much shorter walking trail, less than 3 km, that still offers a view of the South Saskatchewan River. Start your trip at the Nature Centre, and explore from there. The Nature Centre in Police Point Park is open year-round but closed every Sunday and Monday. Take a look at some of the scenery you will stumble upon before heading out.
 

Echo Dale Park Loop 

The Echo Dale Regional Park is also open year-round, and located east of Holsom Road on Highway 523. There are 7 km of trails around the park to enjoy, as well as a trail that leads to Medicine Hat. 

These outdoor parks and trails are open despite a number of closures. If you’re in Medicine Hat, be sure to check Medicine Hat’s official page for information on closures and cancellations that could affect you. Currently, the city of Medicine Hat has closed all its recreation facilities and the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre.

From our management and staff at Home Inn Express Medicine Hat, we wish you and your loved ones the best during these difficult times.