Children’s Guide to the City

This children’s guide to Medicine Hat is a collection of thoughts about our City expressed through the art and words of children ranging in age from three to six years old.

The intention behind this book is to explore the identity of the City from the fresh and lively perspective of our city’s precious future citizens and leaders. Their observations are supported by additional writing, photographs and suggestions for further ways to experience the City from adults, as well as a directory of community services for children and families.

Inspired by the Italian book “Reggio Tutta: A guide to the city by the children,” this guide was four years in the making by a core group of volunteers, supported by numerous local organizations. We received crucial and much-appreciated funding from Medicine Hat Family and Community Support Services (through the generous sponsorship of the Society of Grasslands Naturalists), the Community View Lions Club and the City of Medicine Hat.

This book is unique in Alberta, and may indeed be unique in Canada, in compiling and presenting children’s expressions and feelings about the city in which they live. The Guide’s sense of community and belonging includes not only the hundreds of children who have participated in creating the book, but extends outward into the future, to the children and families who will use the Guide to understand, explore and connect with all aspects of community in Medicine Hat.

These collected works paint a vibrant and refreshing portrait of Medicine Hat. It is a loving portrait, captured in the art and minds of children, shared for all to interact with and cherish.   – The Children’s Guide Interest Group

The Hive Artists’ Hub is proud to host the Children’s Guide to the City internet presence and to be its distributor to the many venues who have the Guide in their collection and/or for purchase.

There are hundreds of wonderful organizations in Medicine Hat that are here to help in all different types of situations! The organizations listed below will be able to direct you towards the support and resources you need.

Alberta Supports
Main floor Provincial Building, #5, 346 – 3rd St. SE Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 0G7

Big Brother Big Sisters
#201-665 Kingsway Ave SE, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 2W8

Canadian Mental Health Association
#204-1865 Dunmore Rd SE, Medicine Hat, T1A 1Z8

City of Medicine Hat

First Nation, Metis and Inuit Education (CFNMIE)
403-527-6641 ext. 8514
Rm 514-1201 Division Ave NE, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 5Y8

Health Link Alberta
Call 811 (24 hours/day)


McMann Youth Hub
403-527-1588 ext. 290
250 2nd St SE, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 0B9

Medicine Hat Community Housing                                                           
104-516 3rd St. SE, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 0H3

Medicine Hat and District Food Bank
532 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 2V6

Medicine Hat Library
414 1st St. SE, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 0A8

Miywasin Friendship Centre
517-3rd St. SE, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 0H2

The Santa Claus Fund

Women’s Shelter Society
403-529-1091 or
toll free 800-661-7949
(24 hours/day)



Thank You to all the children and educators who have contributed towards the creation of this Guide for their time, energy and imagination.



Krista Bartman                                                    Corlaine Gardner                                  Joanne Marion
Rhonda Batiuk                                                    Melissa Gogolinski                                Ron Mason
Shannon Bingeman                                           July Hillier                                              Peter Mueller
Carol Ann Cross-Roen                                       Xanthe Isbister                                      Kaitlyn Pilloud
Deborah Forbes                                                  Melanie Johnston                                Annette ten Cate
Carolyn Freeman                                                Jasmine Keillor                                     Dayna Walls
Laura Gale                                                            Safira Lachappelle                               Sherry Woittel