The Cypress Club was established in 1903 by Medicine Hat’s ranching and town communities. Patterned on the private clubs of Victorian Britain, the Club’s goal was to provide a centre for fellowship and good times. In the early years of the century, the West was quickly filling with commerce and manufacturing to serve the rapidly agricultural base. Although Medicine Hat was at that time still within the North West Territories of Canada it already becoming an important trade and service centre. Gas lamps still illuminate the outside of the Club, a reminder of the importance of natural gas in the early development of the city, and in today’s petrochemical industrial base.
Within two years of its founding the Club moved into its current home, a gracious two story building of characteristic brick and sandstone design. The interior retains it’s turn-of-the-century decor and features a beautiful stained glass window illuminating the stairway. Various pieces of art create a comfortable western ambience.
During World War II the Cypress Club became the Empire Club to serve the military personnel stationed in the area. The connection is maintained through its relationship with nearby military establishments.
Today’s membership includes the original founding families, in addition to the many other individuals whose enterprise has led Medicine Hat to become the service centre for south-east Alberta and south-west Saskatchewan.
The club took its name from the nearby Cypress Hills where the original ranchers first settled to take advantage of the water, timber, and lush grassland that distinguish the area from the surrounding more arid prairie. The Hills are now a joint Alberta Saskatchewan Provincial Park, recognizing their unique ecological value and important place in the history of Western Canada.
What a great way to enjoy a meeting. Fabulous meal in a great atmosphere. A nice change from the cookie cutter restaurants.
Amazing place. Staff is great and it has a great atmosphere. Live music and you feel normal with the staff not wearing masks and make you feel alive again.
Good lunch in a great atmosphere. Prices lower than I expected.
Cypress club has great food, and even better Staff! They've made me feel so welcome. Thanks guys! Can't wait to be back.
Chef Mike prepared an absolutely fabulous turkey dinner with all the fixings for our Thanksgiving this year. My wife and I were blown away with the quality of the meal and the generous portions. We will definitely make use of The Cypress Club again for our next holiday meal.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Thanksgiving turkey dinner. The atmosphere was relaxed and the service was just right-not rushed and very professional. It was excellent value for what was included. The soup was wonderful, as usual. Chef Mike has a real talent for making delicious homemade soups.
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