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Off-Leash Trails of Medicine Hat, Alberta

Come enjoy Medicine Hat's Off-Leash parks, trails, and walkways with us!

Dog parks and off-lease areas encourage a healthy and active lifestyle for both pet owners and their furry family members!


Having an active dog is linked to lower cholesterol, improved heart health like heart disease, enhanced mental well-being, and a stronger immune system. Taking your dog to the park and to off-lease locations increase happiness and promotes good health. 


Off-lease opportunities also have many benefits such as improved physical health and exercise, mental stimulation, and socialization.  Off-leash opportunities also improve natural movements and improve pace, has a positive effect on training and improving trust, along with simply increasing everyone’s happiness and sense of freedom.


Written Description of Off-Leash Trails

Ross Glen

1. Ross Glen Trail (including environmental reserve areas form Taylor Mews SE to Carry Dr SE (before Carter Cres SE)

Entrances:

  • Carry Dr SE (before Carter Cres SE)

  • Carry Dr SE (after Carter Cres SE)

  • East Glen Dr SE in between East Glen Dr SE & East Glen Ave SE

  • Ross Glen Dr SE between Rossland Cres SE and Ross View Crt SE

  • Beside 542 Ross Glen Dr SE between Ross View Crt SE and Ross View PI SE

  • Ross Glen Dr SE between Ross View PI SE and Rossview CI SE (lift station)

  • Between 3 Rossview CI SE and 4 Rossview Bay SE (Alley)

  • Between 586 and 590 Ross Glen Dr SE after Ross View Bay SE

  • Between 646 and 650 Ross Glen Dr SE between Rice Dr SE and Turner Dr SE

  • Between 662 and 668 Ross Glen Dr SE at Turner Dr SE

  • Between 690 and 694 Ross Glen Dr SE before turning into Taylor Rd behind Taylor PI SE

  • Between 54 and 58 Taylor Cres SE

  • Between 54 and 47 Taylor Blvd SE

  • Taylor Mews SE

2. Ross Glen environmental reserve area from Carter Cres SE west behind Church Crt SE/Cook Crt SE down Scholten Hill to the trail head at South Railway St SE

 

South view to Crestwood Area

1. Trail and environmental reserve area at Crestwood Dr directly north of Leinweber Park to Crestwood Dr and 21 Ave SE

2. Saratoga Trail and environmental reserve area (behind Ravine Dr SE, and Craven PI SE) from Spencer St SE Flour Mill to the trail head at Scholten Hill

 

Marlborough Coulee and Trail

1. Trail and environmental reserve/coulee area between Kipling St SE and College Dr SE east to Dunmore Rd

Entrances:

  • Green space between Morris Crt SE and McNeely Crt SE

  • College Dr SE beside 804 College Dr SE

  • Green space behind 2210 Upland Dr SE

  • Green space between 1952 and 1978 Upland Dr SE

  • Green space between 1910 and 1928 Upland Dr SE

  • Trail at intersection of Dunmore Rd SE and Spencer St SE

 

Kin Coulee and Kensington; east of Highway 1

1. Environmental reserve/coulee areas of Kin Coulee; all areas with non-manicured grass/irrigation

2. Ajax Trail behind Lorne Holden ball diamond in north Kin Coulee

Entrances:

  • Trail head on east side of Lorne Holden ball diamond

  • Below pedestrian bridge at the end of 2 Ave SW behind St. Mary's School (non-maintained trail, not a legal entrance)

  • Alley way behind 170 Connaught Dr SW

  • Trail head beside 6 Connaught Dr SW

3. Trail on Old Cemetery Rd SW and behind environmental reserve/coulee area to Ajax Trail

Entrances:

  • Trail head on Old Cemetery Rd SW (transition from a sidewalk to a trail)

  • Trail head in Pioneer Cemetery behind Old Cemetery Rd SW

  • Trail head beside 1250 Division Ave S (transition from a sidewalk to a trail)

 

Kin Coulee and Cottonwood; west of Highway 1

1. Trails /environmental reserve/coulee areas of Kin Coulee west of Highway 1 (Saamis Archaeological Site) are on leash on trail as of January 1, 2019; trails areas outside the designated Saamis Site remain off leash

Entrances:

  • Trail head on Southwest Dr SE across from 111 Southwest Dr SE

  • Trail head at the corner of 25 St SW and Southwest Dr SW

  • Trail head along Cottonwood Way SW at the playground across from 2732

  • Trail head at the corner of Cottonwood Way SW and Cottonwood Rd SW (turns into Cottonwood CI SW)

2. Trail/environmental reserve/coulee areas behind Eagleview Crt SW at the end of 10 Ave SW

 

South Ridge

1. Environmental reserve area adjacent to Highway 1 east of the Teepee on Eagle Birth Rd SW

2. Trail/environmental reserve/coulee areas across from the Moose Ball Diamond on Gehring Rd

                Entrances:

  • Trail head on Gehring Rd SW across from the Moose Ball Diamond

  • Trail head at the corner of South Ridge Dr SW and Gehring Rd SW

  • Trail head on South Ridge Dr SW beside 354 Seven Persons Dr SW

  • Trail head between 39 and 43 Sunrise Circle SW

  • Trail head beside 169 Sunrise Circle

  • In between 154 and 158 Sunrise Rd SW to the storm pond on Sunrise Way SW

  • Other side of the storm pond on Sunrise Way SW to the chain-link fence behind 159 Sunset Dr SW

3. Trail/environmental reserve/coulee areas behind Sunset Ave SW

Entrances:

  • Trail entrance on Sunset Ave; off-leash after the storm pound

  • Back alley entrance behind 60 Sierra Pl SW

  • Trail entrance between 230 and 240 Sierra Dr SW; off-leash behind 214 Sierra Dr SW

4. Environmental reserve areas in new subdivisions of South Ridge unless otherwise posted

• Please note that off-leash areas in new subdivisions of South Ridge are currently being evaluated

 

South East Hill

1. Trail/environmental reserve/coulee behind Kipling St SE and Spencer St SE

Entrances:

  • Trail entrance at 3 Ave SE and Kipling St SE

  • Back alley entrance at the end of 12 St SE and 11 St SE

2. Trail/environmental reserve/coulee from 11 St SE to Hill Rd SE

Entrances:

  • Trail head at 11 St SE

  • Trail head at Hill Rd SE

  • Trail from 6 St SE and Victoria Ave SE back alley (stair case)

3. Trail/environmental reserve/coulee from Hill Rd SE to Aberdeen St SE

Entrances:

  • Sidewalk/trail from South Railway St up to the trail head at Hill Rd SE

  • Aberdeen St SE and 6 Ave SE



Harlow and Echo Dale Trail

1. Environmental reserve/coulee between Prospect Dr SW and 1 St SW

Entrances:

  • Green spaces along Prospect Dr SW beside 630, 602 and 446 Prospect Dr SW

  • Dead end of 2 St SW

  • Along Chinook Dr SW on east side

  • Along 1 St SW on south side

2. Environmental reserve to the South Saskatchewan River behind 1 St SW

Entrances:

  • Along 1 St SW beside 528 1 St SW

  • From Kiwanis River Park and Trail (see below)

3. Kiwanis River Park/environmental reserve and trail to the South Saskatchewan River

Entrances:

  • Trail head across from 40 Harris St SE

  • Trail head across from 16 Harris St SE

  • Washroom facility and trail at Kiwanis Playground on Red Deer Dr SW

  • Red Deer Dr SW at 12 Ave SW

  • Dead end of Red Deer Dr SW

4. Echo Dale Trail/environmental reserve and coulee to the South Saskatchewan River

Entrances:

  • Trail at the Gas Gity Campground (11 Ave SW) to Power House Road SW and behind the Gas City Campground

  • Trail head on 11 Ave SW after the Gas City Campground and Bannon Ave SW to the top of the hill into Echo Dale Regional Park (note: horses present & coyote sightings)

  • East side of Echo Dale Regional Park from boat launch to group camping site; after the boat lake parking lot

 

River Flats

1. Trail/environmental reserve area from Industrial Ave to on-leash sign at Strathcona Island Park

2. Environmental reserve areas in Strathcona Island Park and all areas with non-manicured grass/irrigation unless otherwise posted

3. Environmental reserve areas in Lions Park and all areas with non-manicured grass/irrigation unless otherwise posted

 

Riverside and Police Point Park

1. South Police Point Park Trail from the RCMP sign to Parkview CI NE (note: coyote sightings)

2. Trail from Parkview Cl to the Trans-Canada Highway including environmental reserve areas to the South Saskatchewan River

Entrances:

  • Across from 588 and 528 Parkview Cl

  • Dead end of 1 St NE

  • Corner of Parkview Dr NE where it turns into Altawana Ave NE and 1 St NE

  • Beside 105 1 St NE

  • Beside 499 1 St NW

  • Tail head between 877 and 1015 3 St NW

  • Trail head at the Trans-Canada Highway behind River Ridge Dr NW

3. Environmental reserve area (no trail) behind 1 St NE to the South Saskatchewan River

Entrances:

  • Green space beside trail on 1 St Ne; beside 105 1 St NE

  • Green space between 105 and 69 1 St NW

  • Green space beside trail on 1 St NW beside 499 1 St NW

4. Environmental reserve area along 3 St NW across Brier Park Road and up Saamis Dr NW

 

Crescent Heights and Parkview

1. Environmental reserve area between Brier Park Rd NW and 10 Ave NW and north to the area where Brier Park Rd curves

Entrances:

  • Trail head at the meeting point of 12 St NW and Brier Park Rd

  • Along 10 Ave NW or Brier Park Rd NW

2. Environmental reserve/trail and coulee along McCutcheon Dr NW Trail

Entrances:

  • Environmental reserve at the corner of 12 St NW and McCutcheon Dr NW and along McCutcheon Dr

  • Trail head on McCutcheon Dr; across from 727

  • Trail head at Lokier Ave NW and McCutcheon Dr; across from 601

  • Trail head across from 503 McCutcheon Dr (multi-unit complex building)

  • Trail head at McCutcheon Dr NW and Bassett Cres NW

  • Trail head between 282 and 318 McCutcheon Dr NW at Smythe Ave NW

  • Trail head across from 70 McCutcheon Dr NW

  • Stair case from Division Ave N in Riverside (across from Hargrave Park)

  • Trail head along Altawana Dr near the top across from the 7 St NE dead end

  • Sidewalk entrance from Division Ave N and 7 St NW

3. Environmental reserve/trail and coulee along 8 St NE

Entrances:

  • Environmental reserve along 7 St NE

  • Trail head on 2 Ave NE; across from 174

  • Trail head across from McCoy High School on 8 St NE

  • Trail head across from St. Francis Xavier School on 8 St NE

  • Trail head across from Jeffries Ball Diamond on 8 St NE

  • Trail head on 4 Ave NE; across from 702

  • The "goat trail" from intersection of Altawana Dr and Parkview Dr at the end of Maple Ave Bridge

  • Trail head at the corner of 5 Ave NE and 6 St NE; across from 492

  • Trail head across from 598 5 St NE

4. Environmental reserve between Parkview Dr NE and 11 Ave NE

Entrances:

  • Green space adjacent to 12 St NE

  • Green space on Parkview Dr; beside 1290

  • Green space on 16 St NE; beside 1133

5. Environmental reserve/trail and coulee from Ranchlands to Police Point Park east to the South Saskatchewan River

Entrances:

  • Trail head across from 50 Preston Ave NE

  • Corner of Preston Ave NE and Police Point Dr NE

  • Trail head along Police Point Dr NE; across from the entrance to Police Point Park

6. Environmental reserve area between 20 St NE and Hewitt Crt NE

7. Trail and environmental reserve are along Palisades Mews NE to Terrace St NE

Entrances:

  • Along trail where posted (not from trail head) beside Palisades Mews NE

  • Trail head at Terrace Cres NE across from 67 and along Terrace Cres NE in

  • Green space along Terrace Lane NE and Terrance Bend NE

  • Green space along Terrace View NE

8. Environmental reserve areas in Ranchlands

Entrances:

  • Green space along Ranchview Way NE

  • Trail dead end of Ranchands Muffler Park (Ranchman Bay NE and Ranchview Crt)

  • Trail in green space behind Ranchview PI NE

  • Dead end of Ranchlands Blvd NE



This information was provided by The City of Medicine Hat Parks and Recreation Department

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