Saskatchewan: #1 between Medicine Hat, AB and Swift Current

The Great Sandhills, north of the Trans-Canada

Why Travel between Medicine Hat and Swift Current"?

This segment cross a provincial boundary, and has to the north a canyon in the South Saskatchewan River, and to the south of the highway lies the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. Once inside Saskatchewan, you have the massive Sand Dunes to the north.

horses hanging out, East of Medicine Hat

Here is the itinerary for the 223 km along the #1 highway, between Medicine Hat, Alberta and Swift Current, Saskatchewan:

Southeast of Medicine Hat are the Cypress Hills, about an hour south of the Trans-Canada, which are the largest hills between the Rockies and Labrador. There are no cypress trees there, but the area was so-named by early French explorers who mistook the area's lodgepole pine. The hills are wetter than the surrounding prairie and are home to bison, grizzly bears, elk, mule deer, wolves and trumpeter swans. The area is protected by a bi-province provincial park.

Wind Turbbines near Morse, SK North of Piapot are the Great Sand Hills, which were formed from beach deposits of ancient glacial lakes. This geologic anomaly has some unusual animals including kangaroo rats, white tailed jack rabbit, coyote, mule deer, pronghorn antelope. Some of the dunes can been seen from the Trans-Canada. Crane Lake to the northeast of Piapot is a major breeding site for waterbirds.

History of the Trans-Canada from Medicine Hat to Swift Current

Medicine Hat, Alberta to Swift Current

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Next West: Calgary to Medicine Hat Next East: Swift Current to Regina

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Central Ave N intersection, S to downtown Swift Current, Highway 4 N to Leader, Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park (Swift Current)  766 
Best Western Inn, just S of highway..

Westwind Motel, just N of highway..

Swift Current, access to downtown..

Cypress Regional Hospital, 1.4 km SE of highway, via Central 1st Ave and Lorne St E...

York Hotel, downtown, 1.7 km S of highway...

Imperial Hotel, downtown, 1.7 km S of highway...

Rainbow Motel, SE side of intersection..

City Centre Motel, SE side of intersection..

Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park, on Lake Diefenbaker, 51 km N of highway. water sports, camping, golfing..
Service Rd access (EB, WB separate) (Swift Current)  765 
11th Ave NW exit, access to services (S), Tail Campground (N) (Swift Current)  748.3 
Trail Campground, 0.5 km N of highway..

Travelodge Swift Current, NW corner of intersection..
3.6  River Crescent , access to N & S service roads 741.6 
K Motel, on N side of highway..
10  Junction Hwy 32, N to Success, Cabri, Leader 744.9 
Town of Cabri, 54 km to NW of highway, large sculpture of Antelope, Canada Goose, and Wheat..

Town of Leader, pop. 1000, 142 km to NW of highway, all services...

access to Great Sandhills, SE of Leader...
13  Enchanted Village Tea Room 743.4 
14  Highway Roadside Turnout, picnic area N side 761.1 
17  Junction Highway 630 769.6 
23  Goose & Gander Lakes to south of highway 752.6 
33  Access to town of Webb, 1.5 km S of highway (Webb)  786.1 
43  Antelope Rd, access to town of Antelope (S) (Antelope)  777.5 
49  Roadside turnout & picnic area S side 770.8 
56  Highway 37 junction, S to Gull Lake and Hwy 631E (Gull Lake)  779.7 
Gull Lake, 0.5 km S of highway..

Gull Lake Museum, open June to Labour Day..

Gull Lake Campground, 1 km SE of highway..

Great Sandhills Ecological Reserve, to the Northwest of the town..

Town of Shaunavon, pop. 1700, 52 km S of highway..
79  Highway 633 (S) to Tompkins 797.4 
Village of Tompkins, 0/5 km S of highway, pop. 200...

Shady Place Campground, in Tompkins..

Tompkins has a golf course, curling rink, skating rink, ball diamond, and playground...
104  Highway 614 (S) to Piapot (Piapot)  761.4 
village of Piapot, 1.6 km S of highway. No services...

Piapot Saloon and Guesthouse, 1 km S of highway
129  Highway 21, south to Maple Creek, airport, facilities (10 km) (Maple Creek)  760.2 
Town of Maple Creek, 10 km to S of highway, all services..

Maple Creek Visitor Centre..

Fort Walsh & Cypress Hills Massacre National Historic Sites of Canada, 52 km S of highway..

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, West Block. 62 km S of highway. camping, watersports, hiking...

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Centre Block. 62 km S of highway. camping, watersports, hiking...

Maple Creek Hospital, 10 km S of highway..
155.4  Highway 635, north to Hatton 800.4 
Village of Hatton, no services, 8 km N of highway..
167.8  Saskatchewan visitor information kiosk 738.8 
Saskatchewan visitor information kiosk..
168  Alberta-Saskatchewan Border (AB-SK border)  738.5 
168.2  Alberta visitor information kiosk 739.7 
Alberta visitor information kiosk (they make you pay for Alberta road map!)..
170  Walsh, Range Rd 11A 742.5 
Town of Walsh to N of highway, no services..
180  Range Rd 21 760.2 
wbcam 500 m East of Range Road 40
187.8  Irvine, Bull Trail (S) 765 
188  Accommodation on highway 760.5 
193  Highway 41 (S) to Elkwater, Cypress Hills (To Cypress Park)  745.5 
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, 30 km SE of highway. Camping, hiking, water sports...
209  Highway 41N 734.9 
210.7  Township Rd 120A, east access to Dunmore (Dunmore)  735.5 
212.7  Dunmore to N (Dunmore)  739.1 
213  RV Dealership to N 712.6 
213.1  EB Exit for service rd (Dunmore)  716.6 
215  Bullshead Creek crossing, Exit to N, RV park 700.4 
221.5  Dunmore Rd, accommodation (Medicine Hat)  717.8 
Medicine Hat Lodge, hotel with waterslide, N side of intersection..

Petro-Canada station to N of intersection, with Fas Gas and Canadian Tire stations about 1 km N of highway...

Comfort Inn And Suites Medicine Hat, just to N of intersection..

east access to downtown Medicine Hat..
222.6  WB Exit for 13 Ave (Medicine Hat)  715.4 
223  Underpass for 13 Ave SE, shopping & services (Medicine Hat)  717.8 
Howard Johnsons Medicine Hat, just to N of intersection..

Days Inn Medicine Hat, just to N of intersection..

Imperial Inn, just to N of intersection..

Husky and Shell stations on N (EB side of highway), Turbo station 0.5 km, via 13 Ave SE ..
223.2  EB Exit for 13 Ave (Medicine Hat)  718.1 
224.4  Major intersection: South Ridge Dr SW, access to college and attractions, golf course (Medicine Hat)  708.1 
Medicine Hat College to NE side of intersection..

Saamis Teepee, world's largest Teepee, 1.1 km to SW of highway, marking the Saamis Archaeological Site ..

Tourism Medicine Hat..
224.8  Passing Medicine Hat College (N), World's larges teepee on S side (Medicine Hat)  699.5 
225.8  Creek crossing, parks & sports fields (Medicine Hat)  672.7 
226.4  16th Street SW intersection, services on S side (Medicine Hat)  697.4 
Bel-Aire Motel, on S side of highway..

Esso, Husky and Race Trac gas stations on S (EB) side of intersection. ..
226.8  WB Exit to Hwy 3/41A (Medicine Hat)  699.5 
227  Interchange Hwy 3/41A, EB access to Bomfort Cr service Rd, east to downtown Medicine Hat on Gershaw Dr, west to Medicine Hat airport (Medicine Hat)  699.2 
east to downtown Medicine Hat via Gershaw Dr..

Medicine Hat Municipal Airport (MHMA), 1.8 km to SW of highway..

Highway 3 Crowsnest Highway, southern route to Vancouver, via Fort MacLeod, Osoyoos, Hope. ..

Circle T Lodge, 0.4 km to SW ..

Satellite Motel, 0.5 km to SW ..

Sundeck Motel, 0.4 km to NE of highway..

Hat Motel, 0.4 km NE of highway..

Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre (formerly Medicine Hat Museum and Art Gallery) to S of junction, accessed via #3 and Bomford Crescent..

Access to Lethbridge, 170 km to SW va Highway 3..

Fort Macleod, 210 km SW via highway 3..

Historic Downtown, turn of the century architecture, shopping ..

Medalta Potteries factory, National Historic Site, about 5 km NE of highway, via downtown..


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