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Saamis Tepee

Medicine Hat, Alberta

A stand-alone wonder in the midst of rolling hills in the prairie badlands of southeastern Alberta. 

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Just south of the Trans-Canada Highway and overlooking the Blackfoot buffalo jump is the Saamis Teepee.

Designed for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary as a symbol of Canada’s Aboriginal heritage, it was moved to Medicine Hat in 1991. It stands over 20 stories high and was designed to withstand extreme temperatures and winds.

During a January 2007 windstorm, a portion of the teepee was damaged. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that extensive weathering was partially to blame. After repairs were complete, the Saamis Teepee now stands approximately 15 feet (four meters) shorter.

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