Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Maple Creek
Categories: Nature & Parks
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.Put Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park at the forefront of your travel plans using our Maple Creek vacation builder.
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I was recently on a photographic tour of Albert & Saskatchewan. The folks I was travelling with spent a couple of nites at the parks Resort so I took advantage of the RV park facility. All I can say i... read more »
This is a nice destination worth returning to. The campgrounds are really nice and the outhouses had flush toilets and running cold water. They provided ample fire wood. The outdoor pool looked nice a... read more »
There is a something for everyone's interests: swimming, kayaking, hiking, driving tours, food, astronomy presentations and telescope viewing, concerts, information sessions, horseback riding, go-cart... read more »
Beautiful park. There are numerous trails to explore that range from easy to difficult that be either hiked or biked. There are several campgrounds that you can stay at. Most have outhouse and a few has shower facilities. Very clean. The campgrounds closer to the lake allows RV power. Those that are on Ferguson Hill or Lodgepole allows RV as well but no power. The Elkwater Lake has a beach that you can relax on, boat launch, and equipment rental is available. There is a historical aspect to explore as well. Be sure to drive around the park on both Alberta and Saskatchewan side as there are hidden treasures to find. There's no shortage of activities to do at this park.
Hidden gem of the Alberta Provincial Park system and an island of mountain-like terrain in a sea of prairie. Hiking, canoeing, biking, golfing, and fishing are just some of the summer activities. Lots of campgrounds, ranging from full hookups (Elkwater Main) to walk in tenting (Spruce Coulee). Three lakes to choose from, although only Elkwater allows gas powered boats. The Cypress Hills have much historical and geographic significance, from the NWMP outpost at Fort Walsh to being the northern headwaters of the Mississippi River system. The Cypress Hills are also the highest point in Canada between the Rocky Mountains and Labrador. Part of the Cypress Hills have variously been part of the French Empire and then the United States but were subsequently ceded to what became Canada.
Such a cool spot. Great mountain Biking, hiking, and I love that you can rent stand up paddle boards! It's such a great park!
Nice views from Elkwater sites, but not very private. Constant waterskiing and boating going by gets a bit annoying. Swimming is nice for refresh, but water is muddy and beaches are small. Biking is very nice.
Got in late from a long day of traveling. The attractions were all closed the next morning. Family shower was closed for repairs. The highlight of our stay was Cowkid Toys in Maple Creek. Would recommend making the trip into town to see this amazing toy store.
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