Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

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Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

Sharing land with Saskatchewan - our neighbour to the east - Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is the only one of its kind in Canada. And speaking of unique, it sits on a lofty plateau 600 m (1,970 ft) above the surrounding prairies and badlands, making it the highest spot in Canada between the Rocky Mountains and Labrador.

Given the elevation, the retreating glaciers of the last ice age gave it a miss, resulting in the preservation of a pristine ecosystem of forests, wetlands and grasslands. This makes for an astonishing diversity of plants and wildlife. Birdwatchers drool at the thought of scoping more than 220 species, many of which are usually found much farther to the west and north. You can also find reptiles, amphibians and animals here that live nowhere else on the prairies.

Those of the human variety flock to this place year round. In summer, pick your favourite pastime: camp, hike, cycle, boat, water ski, fish, swim, or flop on a beautiful beach. In winter, snowshoe and ski, toboggan and ice skate. The park’s Visitor Centre and campgrounds are open all year...winter camping is a blast! 

Exploration. Adventure. Activities. Aquatics. Here’s your Cypress Hills checklist! 

Hiker’s Haven

There are over 50 km (31 mi) of trails to explore - hike, bike or do them with an interpreter to watch for wildlife and reacquaint yourself with Mother Nature. Visit the Cypress Park Trails’s page to download the Trail Guide for trail head locations.

Calling all Waterbabies

Look no further than spring-fed Elkwater Lake - where all boats are allowed - for high summer fun. Elkwater townsite has all the provisions you need for a great escape. 

Fish Tales

Seek out indigenous northern pike and yellow perch on any of a number of lakes and reservoirs in the area. Some are stocked with rainbow and brook trout. Find out where you can ice fish in winter through the Alberta Sportfishing Guide.

Fond of Flora?

Be sure to be here in springtime to discover over 700 species of plants and blooming orchids. 

Winter Wonders

Step out on 15 km (9.3 mi) of trails groomed and track set for cross country skiing - or get off the beaten path on non-groomed backcountry trails. Pick up your trail guide anywhere in town or at the Visitor Centre. Downhill ski or hit the terrain park at nearby Hidden Valley ski resort.


Goosebump moment..."watching 4 wild turkeys walk through our campsite at Cypress Hills Provincial Park!" ~ D. Appleby, Alberta

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