Moving from Vancouver or Calgary to a smaller city is a daunting decision. The lower cost of living has its appeal but what about leaving behind your creative community? In business as in life, who you surround yourself with is important.
Medicine Hat provides the practical aspects of small-city living –- affordable housing, great neighbourhoods, zero commute times — with the added benefits of an active and growing creative community.
Indeed, there are at least five good reasons to abandon the gridlock for Canada’s boutique prairie city.
- Good Company
In Medicine Hat, you’ll be in good company. Anchored by Medalta’s Shaw Centre – Canada’s leading ceramic residency program – and the Medicine Hat College Visual Communications program, a growing number of professional and aspiring creatives are proud to call Medicine Hat home. Businesses like Tag Concepts, Pentool Creative, Type Designs and Township Tees have made creativity their business in the city.
- Great Coffee
Medicine Hat is home to a lot of independent cafes, including four within a two block radius downtown. These places have become gathering places for creative minds and are buzzing with energy (or caffeine) all day long.
- Quality of Life
Healthy population growth, unemployment below the Alberta average, and nice, warm weather helped Medicine Hat quickly climb the ladder of best places to live in Canada in 2015. Currently ranked 55th across Canada, it rose 23 spots in one year.
- Young and Fun
Medicine Hat is youthful. In fact, the 20-44 age group is the single largest in the city.
- Affordable Neighbourhoods
From historic neighbourhoods like the South East Hill to affordable homes with panoramic city views, Medicine Hat has a neighbourhood for everyone.