Just half an hour south of the TransCanada Highway, the Cypress Hills rise gently, climbing 600 metres above the prairies. With its unique climate and mix of forest, wetlands and grasslands, this high plateau is home to an astonishing diversity of plants and animals.
Bypassed by retreating glaciers during the last Ice Age, the Cypress Hills are the highest point between the Rocky Mountains and Labrador. Here, first-time visitors are surprised to find lodgepole pine forests and rugged mountain-like terrain. Cooler in the hot summer and warmer in the cold winter, the Cypress Hills are the prairie’s oasis. More orchids grow in these hills than anywhere else on the prairies. Over 220 bird species, 47 mammal species, and several species each of reptiles and amphibians – Cypress Hills is a wild and wonderful place!
Campgrounds are open year round throughout the Interprovincial Park or you can relax in one of our resort lodges. Enjoy a quiet stroll along a lake, go fishing, discover the Dark Sky Preserve or view wildlife. Try to spot moose, elk, deer and wild turkeys all in the same day! Over 50 km of trails are waiting for you to explore on foot, mountain bike, snowshoe or cross-country skis.
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park spans the borders of two provinces, Alberta and Saskatchewan and includes Fort Walsh National Historic Site of Canada.
The majority of facilities in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – Alberta, including the Visitor Centre (open year round) and 7 campgrounds with over 350 individual campsites, are concentrated along the south shore of Elkwater Lake in the Elkwater townsite, located just off highway #41. Elkwater offers a resort lodge, restaurants, gas station, convenience stores, mini-golf and more. In addition, 3 smaller campgrounds with more than 50 sites, as well as viewpoints and hiking trails, are found scattered throughout the Hills.
The main access route to Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – Alberta is via the TransCanada highway #1 to highway #41 south. Medicine Hat is the closest city, located approximately 70km away.
For further information visit www.cypresshills.com or phone the Visitor Centre (open year round), located in the townsite of Elkwater, at (403) 893-3833.
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Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is a “Must Visit” travel and tourism destination you just have to experience.
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