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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  • Breath taking scenery with tons of activities available to do! We were visiting just for the day and rented the paddle-boats and had a great time on the lake, followed by a competitive family fun game...  more »
  • The notice is for Cypress Hills (Center Block) interprovincial Park. The Provincial Park is located 31 km from the Village of Maple Creek. The majority of the facilities and services of the Park are located in the building of the information center located at the main entrance of the Park (route 21). On the site, there are 5 campgrounds and more than 27 km of trails with panoramic views. We started by making the round of the Lake Loch Leven in car and decided to start a few hikes. We started with the Whispering Pines trail located at the intersection of Dr. Ben Nevis and Ben Voirlick Dr. A few parking spaces are available at the trailhead. We went through a pine forest. The place was wonderful doing so think of my youth. We took advantage of the nice weather and observed the surroundings of a few viewpoints along the trail. It was enough US 30 minutes to walk the trail in full. As a result, we took the car and headed to the limits Northwest of the Park to the trail Native Prairie that transports us in wild Plains and to see the prairies from the top of two point of seen different. 20 minutes later, we arrived at the first Look out Point insi in Bald Butte has 1276 m above sea level! We continued to the boundaries of the park with the Native Prairie Trail, a 2km trail in which we walk in a very special native prairie habitat. Affected by the seasonal changes of drought, rain, grazing and fire, its grasslands protected by the Park, are constantly changing. We are done with a few steps on the Trans Canada Trail.
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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 »
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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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