Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Maple Creek

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Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is an interprovincial park straddling the southern Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary, located southeast of Medicine Hat. It is Canada's first and only interprovincial park.The park consists of two protected areas, the 345km2 west block, that straddles the Alberta/Saskatchewan boundary between Alberta Highway 41, the townsite of Elkwater, Saskatchewan Highway 615, Saskatchewan Highway 271 and Fort Walsh, and the centre block, an additional area of 58km2 in Saskatchewan, west of Saskatchewan Highway 21.GeographyThe Cypress Hills plateau rises up to 200 metres above the surrounding prairie, to a maximum elevation of 1468m at "Head of the Mountain" at the west end in Alberta, making it Canada's highest point between the Canadian Rockies and the Labrador peninsula. Eastward across the boundary is the highest point in Saskatchewan, at 1392m. The "West Block" of the Cypress Hills spans the provincial boundary. Battle Creek runs through the central part of the park. Although the hills seem relatively low, in a larger geographic context the plateau does rise gradually from many kilometres away so that the total elevation gain from Medicine Hat is approximately 600 metres.
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  • Spent a week there, with our teenage grandchildren. Lots to do and see in the area and in the park . Nature trails, zip lining the boys loved it.  more »
  • Cypress Hill West Block (Alberta) sector of the Reesor Lake. From there, we made a small stop to be a part of the TransCanada Trail. I was really happy to be able to walk on this famous road which is the network of recreational trails the longest in the world! We have made a few kilometers before resuming our path. It was a very interesting place, on the one hand you climbed a mountain giving us a view of a forest mix and crossing fields small gray shrubs from one peculiar smell, on the other hand, we were walking on a great plain, or could be seen to kilometres on the horizon. With a temperature perfect, what could be better, it was beautiful! I'll always remember these first moments on this road. Spruce Coulee Campground. From this place, we walked on the 2km of the Lake Side Trail trail that wind through forests of spruce and pine along the west shore of the Reservoir Spruce Coulee. This trail is well laid out and is easy to do. We absolutely had to do the Summit top of the Cypress Hills. So we headed to the village of Elkwater to a short stop at the visitors center. We took the Horseshoe Canyon Trail. This trail starts at the campsite Old Baldy. The trail is supported and quickly begins to rise. It's a good way to work his cardio. So, we walk on an abandoned road through fields of mixed forests. We quickly hit a plateau in the last km. Rendering at 1450 m above sea level, we could see the view of the Horseshoe Canyon. There are still a lot to do... Cypress Hills Center Block
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  • I cannot believe I have lived in Alberta for so long and have only visited Cypress Hills for the first time this year. It is such a beautiful place packed with interesting history and amazing flora an...  more »
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  • Food is top notch at Buglers restaurant elkwater lake lodge and resort.... as of march 2018.. the chef quit so the food will go back to being disgusting! The place is a hell hole. Full of mold and not clean at all. Very unappetizing. I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy! Its absolutely filthy and unkept.
  • Unbelievable! A taste of the Rocky Mountains without the high prices or crowds. Can't wait to visit again
  • This is a large provincial park on the Alberta and Saskatchewan boarder. There are multiple campgrounds, day use areas, beaches, and boat launches. It is located in forested hills with multiple lakes. Each campground has different levels of utilities from no services to full services with power, water, and sewer hookups. We choose Firerock Campground with power only to save some money. This turned out to be a mistake. Our campsite was lakeside, but it was also an open field with no shelter from a windy, stormy night. The shore was muddy and weedy. However, it was only a short walk to the beach, dock, shower house and playground. The shower house had lots of parking, lots of sinks and showers with free hot water. The campsites were level, easy to park the motorhome in but no privacy. We could see other campers in the woods nearby and wished we had camped there out of the wind.
  • This beautiful oasis is in stark contrast to the surrounding prairie landscape, and offers many activities to reconnect you with nature. Close enough to Medicine Hat to take a day trip, or make it a weekend in a hotel or campsite.
  • Haven't been there in years but I still remember that trip. Great natural wonder area. Well worth visiting here.
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