Alberta’s sixth largest city, Medicine Hat is located in the south east corner of the province at a height of 668m above sea level. It’s the sunniest Alberta city receiving an average 2,433 hours per year. Summers are hot and dry with mild winters mitigated by chinook winds from the Rockies. The semi-arid climate helps drive the local inhabitants to be among the highest users of water per capita in the country.
The city’s unusual moniker is from an old Indian legend. It’s also known locally as "The Gas City" due to the abundance of natural gas and that resource’s large impact on the local economy. The Hat also exists in part due to its location on the CPR mainline. Most surface transportation across western Canada passes through.