The winter months are gloomy and the Prairies can be unforgiving – but they’re also the place to be if you need some Vitamin D.

Located along the South Saskatchewan River, Medicine Hat, Alberta holds a title far brighter than the rest – one that might put a pep in your step in the colder, greyer months.

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According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, the city is actually “the sunniest place” in the country averaging 2,544 hours of natural light every year.

For this reason, it should come as no surprise that there are a ton of things to do and see outdoors including an impressive trail system that weaves through the city, larger-than-life murals and sprawling green spaces where you can picnic, read or lounge.

Intrigued? It’s also worth mentioning that it’s one of the cheapest places to live in Alberta with the best quality of life and has been revered for its “family leisure,” but this isn’t the only thing they’re known for.

Medicine Hat was started railway town and later, was later recognized for its large natural gas fields.

Though it is still considered Alberta’s “Gas City,” it’s since become pretty popular with craft beer lovers, Alberta historians and those looking for a place to stay after visiting nearby attractions as well.

From Dinosaur Provincial Park and Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park to Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology there is certainly no shortage of wholesome things to enjoy in or around the area – so check it out.

Don’t forget to wear something with an SPF, though and bundle up! While it’s the Canada’s sunniest city, it does get pretty chilly in the winter.

Happy visiting! You’re going to have a blast.