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Prairie Winds and Badlands

Set out from Lethbridge and journey through prairies and coulees to two signature attractions of the Canadian Badlands: Canada's most extensive hoodoo landscape at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park and the rich cultural heritage of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. En route take in rural festivals and museums and enjoy urban exploration in Medicine Hat.

Be sure to look up driving times before you depart. A full list of visitor centers as well as contact information for attractions on this tour can be found by downloading the tour document.

The Canadian Badlands Touring Routes aim to follow good secondary highways and occasionally, offer gravel-road alternatives. Please drive carefully and respect private property. Every effort has been made to ensure accurate information at the time of publication. You are advised to conduct further research in advance. We are unable to accept responsibility for any inconvenience, loss or injury sustained as a result of anyone relying upon this information.

Tour Route

1. Day One highlights | Lethbridge to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

The distant blue Sweetgrass Hills draw you across the prairies to the magic of Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. Join a park interpreter to view 3500-year old First Nations writings on sandstone cliffs, set along the Milk River. For the history buff, schedule time to explore the historic streets of the Village of Stirling National Historic Site.

2. Day Three highlights | Medicine Hat to Lethbridge

Explore the pottery industry in Medicine Hat before heading west through irrigation country on your return to Lethbridge. Stop to tour and shop at the Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District as well as at Medicine Hat’s various unique shops and cafes. Keep your camera nearby for photos – from Bow Island’s Pinto McBean to bald eagles at the Birds of Prey Centre in Coaldale there’s never a shortage of things to see. Wrap up your tour with a step back in time at Fort Whoop-Up in Lethbridge.

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