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What to See & Do 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.

SK-Itinerary - Medicine Hat-Swift Current
Medicine Hat - Saamis Teepee- from Trans-Canada

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:

On the east side of Medicine Hat is the Saamis Teepee, (shown above) which recognizes the FIrst Nations and their important to Canada’s development. The structure was originally used in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary and moved to Medicine Hat shortly thereafter.

Just east and north of Medicine Hat the South Saskatchewan River forms deep canyons cutting into the surrounding prairie (shown above). Take Highway 41 north (the drive is about 100km–an hour– but worth it), and it crosses the river, and climbs up the north side, and when you reach the level of the surrounding prairie, turn around and come bac!

Southeast of Medicine Hat are the Cypress Hills, (and likewise, southwest of Maple Creek, when coming from the east) about an hour south of the Trans-Canada, which are the largest hills between the Rockies and Labrador, and worthy of a provincial park shared by TWO provinces). 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.

You will feel the impact of the Cypress Hills while driving on the Trans-Canada, with a rise in elevation just east of the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, with great views regardless of which direction you are driving!

The Great Sandhills, north of the Trans-Canada

Wind Turbines near Morse, SK
North of Piapot are the Great Sand Hills (shown above), 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.

South of Piapot you can see wind turbines on a ridge, capturing the power from the strong winds across southern Saskatchewan. There are move wind turbines (in the Rhineland area) that can be seen from Highway 4 south from Swift Current

Swift Current is the largest community and major market centre in southwestern Saskatchewan.

TCH-Saskatchewan border with Alberta (eastbound rest area)

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

Medicine Hat, Alberta to Swift Current

Elevation Chart: Swift Current to Regina

Elevation chart - Medicine Hat to Swift Current
Elevation chart - Medicine Hat to Swift Current

Trans-Canada Highway Itinerary Map

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0 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..

1 Service Rd access (EB, WB separate) (Swift Current 765

 

2 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

 

webcam 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
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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 RaceTrac gas stations on S (EB) side of intersection.

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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 via 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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-3.8 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.

-3.6 WB Exit to Hwy 3/41A (Medicine Hat)  699.5

 

-3.4 16th Street SW intersection, services on S side (Medicine Hat)  697.4

 

Bel-Aire Motel, on S side of highway..


Esso, Husky and RaceTrac gas stations on S (EB) side of intersection.

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-2.8 Creek crossing, parks & sports fields (Medicine Hat)  672.7

 

-1.8 Passing Medicine Hat College (N), World’s larges teepee on S side (Medicine Hat)  699.5

 

-1.4 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
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Tourism Medicine Hat..

-0.2 EB Exit for 13 Ave (Medicine Hat)  718.1

 

0 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
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0.4 WB Exit for 13 Ave (Medicine Hat)  715.4

 

1.5 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..

7.8 Bullshead Creek crossing, Exit to N, RV park 700.4

 

9.8 RV Dealership to N 712.6

 

9.9 EB Exit for service rd (Dunmore)  716.6

 

10.1 Dunmore to N (Dunmore)  739.1

 

12.1 Township Rd 120A, east access to Dunmore (Dunmore)  735.5

 

13.8 Highway 41N 734.9

 

29.8 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…

34.8 Accommodation on highway 760.5

 

35 Irvine, Bull Trail (S) 765

 

42.8 Range Rd 21 760.2

 

webcam 500 m East of Range Road 40

52.8 Walsh, Range Rd 11A 742.5

 

Town of Walsh to N of highway, no services..
54.6 Alberta visitor information kiosk 739.7

 

Alberta visitor information kiosk (they make you pay for Alberta road map!)..

54.8 Alberta-Saskatchewan Border (AB-SK border)  738.5

 

55 Saskatchewan visitor information kiosk 738.8

 

Saskatchewan visitor information kiosk..

67.4 Highway 635, north to Hatton 800.4

 

Village of Hatton, no services, 8 km N of highway..
93.8 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..

118.8 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

143.8 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…

166.8 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..

173.8 Roadside turnout & picnic area S side 770.8

 

179.8 Antelope Rd, access to town of Antelope (S) (Antelope)  777.5

 

189.8 Access to town of Webb, 1.5 km S of highway (Webb)  786.1

 

199.8 Goose & Gander Lakes to south of highway 752.6

 

205.8 Junction Highway 630 769.6

 

208.8 Highway Roadside Turnout, picnic area N side 761.1

 

209.8 Enchanted Village Tea Room 743.4

 

212.8 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…

219.2 River Crescent , access to N & S service roads 741.6

 

K Motel, on N side of highway..
220.8 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..

221.8 Service Rd access (EB, WB separate) (Swift Current)  765

 

222.8 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..

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