All Hell For a Basement

This part of the country seems to have all hell for a basement, and the only trap door appears to be in Medicine Hat. And don’t you ever think of changing the name of your town. It’s all your own and the only hat of its kind on earth.

This afternoon my host, Jody, and I went on a little road trip around south-east Alberta, stopping in the town of Medicine Hat, which is ‘The Gas City’, the sunniest city in Canada, the home of the biggest teepee in Canada if not the world, and immortalized by Rudyard Kipling (The Jungle Book) to boot. Not bad for a town of about 60,000!

It is so good to be back in the flats of the prairies; I have missed them so, so much. There was much snow on the ground and with a few hills in the background it looked very much like the Montérégie landscape of my youth.

I love having a local guide and, especially, a driver. Being a passenger is pure luxury!

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  • You forgot to mention the song by BIG SUGAR “All hell for a basement” sums up real albertans in about 4 minutes. We work, we play and don’t mess with us or we’ll throw you in the basement…!! And it’s dirty down there, so be good.

  • The Teepee was originally built and used for the 1988 winter olympics in Calgary. I posted the link with the information.

  • Thanks for that link, Donna!

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