About Us – “Bringing you quality tourism experiences”
The Cypress Hills Destination Area, Inc. is the official tourism and destination marketing organization for the Cypress Hills and surrounding area. As a not-for-profit, our main goal is to encourage people to explore what our area has to offer. We do this by promoting the municipalities, tourism operators, parks, and other businesses in our area to a variety of markets across Canada and the rest of the world. We also work with stakeholders in the area to ensure that our region is offering quality tourism experiences to our guests!
The Cypress Hills Destination Area welcomes visitors with truly amazing scenery and a variety of activities that the entire family can enjoy, regardless of the season! The Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is a unique and ruggedly beautiful area, with forests, fields, and streams to enjoy; go camping, hiking, fly fishing, or just relax. The park is also a Dark-Sky Preserve – one of the largest in North America – so there is no better place for watching the night sky and maybe catching a meteor shower. Visit nearby Maple Creek for the wonderful dining experiences at The Star Café & Grill, Rockin’ Horse Cookhouse & Bar, and so many more. Taste wine made from grapes grown right here in Saskatchewan at the Cypress Hills Vineyard and Winery and have a glass at Grotto Gardens after enjoying a class of goat yoga. If you are feeling adventurous, head over to Historic Reesor Ranch, a working cattle ranch where you can help with daily chores or take a guided ride through the beautiful valleys. For a fully guided and costumed tour, head down to Fort Walsh National Historic Site and learn all you want about the Cypress Hills Massacre and the first ever established fort of the North West Mounted Police. Be sure to stop by Old Man on His Back to visit the free roaming bison and enjoy all that the prairie conservation area has to offer! Dig out your inner paleontologist and visit the T.Rex Discovery Centre in Eastend where you can now see a full sized cast model of Scotty’s skeleton. Just east down the road is Shaunavon. Be sure to stop and grab some of the signature canning, pies, and meats over at the Ranch House Meat Company. Continue up the 37 to the Town of Gull Lake! A quiet, picturesque town located just 30 minutes north of Shaunavon. With a museum, theatre, swimming pool, municipal campground and so much more, this is the perfect place to stay and relax for a few days! If you choose to continue southeast of Shaunavon, you will find yourself in the quaint Village of Val Marie, “Gateway to Grasslands National Park”. Grasslands National Park is the darkest dark-sky preserve in Canada! Home to the black-footed ferret, black-tailed prairie dog, the burrowing owl and free roaming bison – this is the perfect place to unplug and recharge.
We encourage you to browse our website as it is full of information and links to help make your next visit to our area an enjoyable one! With so much more to do than listed above you will find yourself coming back time and time again because you could not possibly fit it all in. If you are lucky enough to find yourself in the area, be sure to give yourself enough time to take advantage of all that the Cypress Hills Destination Area has to offer.
Blue skies and happy trails!
What’s this at the bottom of my receipt? DMF 101:
At the bottom of the receipts you receive while enjoying the Cypress Hills Destination Area is a 2% fee known within the travel industry as a DMF (Destination Marketing Fee). All of the businesses and organizations you see on this site, who are proud partners of the Cypress Hills Destination Area Inc. (CHDA), add a DMF to their receipt totals. As a Destination Marketing Organization with the mandate to build awareness of, and further enhance the already awesome visitor experiences available in the broader Cypress Hills region, the funds generated by the DMF are used to ensure you have an easy way of getting information and a convenient one-stop all-inclusive visitor support service that can help you as you plan a vacation, wedding, corporate or other event. Some of these services include; trip planning resources, regional maps, visitor “insider” guide booklets, travel counselling, vacation packages, event promotions, convenient on-line gift card and ticket sales, and so much more! All things designed to make your visit to the Cypress Hills Destination Area as seamless and as enjoyable as possible.
If you have any questions about the DMF feel free to contact the CHDA’s Executive Director Gail Kesslar by phone at 306-774-6451, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.