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SK Highway Itinerary: Medicine Hat, AB to Swift Current

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 (looks just like the Grand Canyon!), and to the south of the highway lies the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. Once inside Saskatchewan, you have the massive Sand Dunes a shor drive to the north. Also in this part of Saskatchewan there is oil & gas production (watch for the pumpjacks), Solar panel arrays and also large groups on wind turbines which generate electricity on the prairies.

Saskatchewan Itinerary - Medicine Hat-Swift Current

Medicine Hat - Saamis Teepee seen from Trans-Canada-sliver
Medicine Hat - Saamis Teepee seen from Trans-Canada-sliver

horses hanging out, East of Medicine Hat

Itinerary Overview

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

Medicine Hat

The Trans-Canada Highway serves as the city’s cross-town freeway. You can visit Medicine Hat’s downtown either from the west via 41A (opposite  the Highway 3 junction) or from the east, via Dunsmore Ave. The famous Saamis Teepee is overlooking the Kin Coullee Park, about midway between the two, and on the south side of the Trans-Canada. There is a Medicine Hat Visitor Centre at the ecit to the Saamis Teepee.

About  1 km west of the Saamis Teepee (and 1 km east of the river crossing) is the junction with Highway 3, the Crowsnest Highway, which takes you west to Lethbridge, Fernie, Cranbrook, Castlegar, Osoyoos (and the Okanagan), and Hope and the entire Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley leading to Vancouver.

 

Alberta Prairie Grasslands

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
Saskatchewan Prairie Grasslands

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 form Alberta (rest area)
TCH-Saskatchewan border form Alberta (rest area)

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

Medicine Hat, Alberta to Swift Current

Search Listings along this Itinerary

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Regina

Elevation Chart: Medicine Hat to Swift Current

Elevation Chart of Trans-Canada Highway from Medicine Hat to Swift Current
Elevation Chart of Trans-Canada Highway from Medicine Hat to Swift Current

Trans-Canada Highway Itinerary Map

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Itinerary Details

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0Central Ave N intersection, S to downtown Swift Current, Highway 4 N to Leader, Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park (Swift Current766

 

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..

1Service Rd access (EB, WB separate) (Swift Current765

 

211th 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..

3.6River Crescent , access to N & S service roads741.6

 

K Motel, on N side of highway..
10Junction Hwy 32, N to Success, Cabri, Leader744.9

 

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…

13Enchanted Village Tea Room743.4

 

14Highway Roadside Turnout, picnic area N side761.1

 

17Junction Highway 630769.6

 

23Goose & Gander Lakes to south of highway752.6

 

33Access to town of Webb, 1.5 km S of highway (Webb) 786.1

 

43Antelope Rd, access to town of Antelope (S) (Antelope) 777.5

 

49Roadside turnout & picnic area S side770.8

 

56Highway 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..

79Highway 633 (S) to Tompkins797.4

 

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…

104Highway 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

129Highway 21, south to Maple Creek, airport, facilities (10 km) (Maple Creek760.2

 

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..

155.4Highway 635, north to Hatton800.4

 

Village of Hatton, no services, 8 km N of highway..
167.8Saskatchewan visitor information kiosk738.8

 

Saskatchewan visitor information kiosk.

168Alberta-Saskatchewan Border (AB-SK border) 738.5

 

168.2Alberta visitor information kiosk739.7

 

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

170Walsh, Range Rd 11A742.5

 

Town of Walsh to N of highway, no services..
180Range Rd 21760.2

 

webcam 500 m East of Range Road 40

187.8Irvine, Bull Trail (S)765

 

188Accommodation on highway760.5

 

193Highway 41 (S) to Elkwater, Cypress Hills (To Cypress Park) 745.5

 

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, 30 km SE of highway. Camping, hiking, water sports…

209Highway 41N734.9

 

210.7Township Rd 120A, east access to Dunmore (Dunmore) 735.5

 

212.7Dunmore to N (Dunmore) 739.1

 

213RV Dealership to N712.6

 

213.1EB Exit for service rd (Dunmore) 716.6

 

215Bullshead Creek crossing, Exit to N, RV park700.4

 

221.5Dunmore Rd, accommodation (Medicine Hat717.8

 

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..

222.6WB Exit for 13 Ave (Medicine Hat) 715.4

 

223Underpass 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
..

223.2EB Exit for 13 Ave (Medicine Hat) 718.1

 

224.4Major 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.

224.8Passing Medicine Hat College (N), World’s larges teepee on S side (Medicine Hat) 699.5

 

225.8Creek crossing, parks & sports fields (Medicine Hat) 672.7

 

226.416th 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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226.8WB Exit to Hwy 3/41A (Medicine Hat) 699.5

 

227Interchange 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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-3.8Interchange Hwy 3/41A, EB access to Bomfort Cr service Rd, east to downtown Medicine Hat on Gershaw Dr, west to Medicine Hat airport (Medicine Hat699.2

 

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.

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

 

-3.416th 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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-2.8Creek crossing, parks & sports fields (Medicine Hat) 672.7

 

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

 

-1.4Major intersection: South Ridge Dr SW, access to college and attractions, golf course (Medicine Hat708.1

 

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..

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

 

0Underpass 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
..

0.4WB Exit for 13 Ave (Medicine Hat) 715.4

 

1.5Dunmore Rd, accommodation (Medicine Hat717.8

 

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..

7.8Bullshead Creek crossing, Exit to N, RV park700.4

 

9.8RV Dealership to N712.6

 

9.9EB Exit for service rd (Dunmore) 716.6

 

10.1Dunmore to N (Dunmore) 739.1

 

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

 

13.8Highway 41N734.9

 

29.8Highway 41 (S) to Elkwater, Cypress Hills (To Cypress Park) 745.5

 

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, 30 km SE of highway. Camping, hiking, water sports…

34.8Accommodation on highway760.5

 

35Irvine, Bull Trail (S)765

 

42.8Range Rd 21760.2

 

webcam 500 m East of Range Road 40

52.8Walsh, Range Rd 11A742.5

 

Town of Walsh to N of highway, no services..
54.6Alberta visitor information kiosk739.7

 

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

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

 

55Saskatchewan visitor information kiosk738.8

 

Saskatchewan visitor information kiosk..

67.4Highway 635, north to Hatton800.4

 

Village of Hatton, no services, 8 km N of highway..
93.8Highway 21, south to Maple Creek, airport, facilities (10 km) (Maple Creek760.2

 

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..

118.8Highway 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

143.8Highway 633 (S) to Tompkins797.4

 

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…

166.8Highway 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..

173.8Roadside turnout & picnic area S side770.8

 

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

 

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

 

199.8Goose & Gander Lakes to south of highway752.6

 

205.8Junction Highway 630769.6

 

208.8Highway Roadside Turnout, picnic area N side761.1

 

209.8Enchanted Village Tea Room743.4

 

212.8Junction Hwy 32, N to Success, Cabri, Leader744.9

 

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…

219.2River Crescent , access to N & S service roads741.6

 

K Motel, on N side of highway..
220.811th Ave NW exit, access to services (S), Tail Campground (N) (Swift Current748.3

 

Trail Campground, 0.5 km N of highway..


Travelodge Swift Current, NW corner of intersection..

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

 

222.8Central Ave N intersection, S to downtown Swift Current, Highway 4 N to Leader, Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park (Swift Current766

 

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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