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What is an Artisan Village?

Good question!  The Moose & Squirrel Artisan Village is a first class village market that brings together local artisans and the community in an open air market in the heart of historic downtown Medicine Hat.  With an emphasis on vendors that sell original art, handcrafted items, unique imports or collectables, the Artisan Village provides an opportunity for vendors to showcase their items.  The village market is an experience for the whole family and will quickly become a summertime favorite destination!

If you ask Ian and Carrie, they will tell you that Medicine Hat, or the Hat as it’s called locally, chose them.  It’s unique blend of culture, the arts, dining, shopping, boutiques, parks and historic buildings make it the perfect back drop for the Artisan Village.

The historical downtown Medicine Hat is full of beautiful architecture, arts and culture, gleaming businesses and really wonderful people – you might also be pleased to know it’s one of the sunniest cities in all of Canada! Downtown’s architecture comes from the days of the Canadian Pacific Railway as well as the discoveries of clay, coal and natural gas.
"There is so much to do and learn here in the historical downtown Medicine Hat and we are pleased to welcome you to the Moose & Squirrel Artisan Village!"
Medicine Hat is home to plenty of energy resources, farms, coal mines, flour mills and pottery and glass plants. And as it has grown, so has its agricultural capabilities regarding livestock and crops. Medicine Hat is known for its great quality of life, affordable living costs and its lively downtown core.

But downtown Medicine Hat is more than just a southern Alberta destination – it’s a smaller city core that’s booming with identity and culture thanks to the beautiful railway inspired brick buildings, unique coffee shops, one-of-a-kind breweries, and locally owned small businesses.

Murals and Public Art

Graffiti artists from around the world have recently helped revive the growing downtown with vibrant murals and public artworks. And with the city’s growth comes new businesses and developments, turning the beautiful downtown into an amazing destination to visit. In addition to this, downtown Medicine Hat is also home to various parks, the city’s art gallery, library and museum.

Being extremely walkable and lively, the downtown core is the perfect place to go to experience a mix of old and new. There is so much to do in this beautiful city, including taking a trip to the Moose & Squirrel Artisan Village and visiting the amazing market!
This one-of-a-kind place features new and everchanging vendors daily, ensuring the market is always providing fresh shopping options to its visitors. Approved vendors sell things including original art, handcrafted items, unique imports and collectables, while staying away from large corporate brands and multi-level marketing vendors. The artisan market aims to promote the beauty and history of downtown Medicine Hat while providing local businesses with inexpensive retail options.