Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

Location: Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan

campgrounds in the cypress hills destination area

Spanning the Saskatchewan / Alberta border, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park became the first “interprovincial park” in Canada in 1989 when SaskParks & Alberta Parks formally agreed to work cooperatively on the management of the unique ecosystem and visitor experience offerings of the Provincial Parks that exist in the Cypress Hills on both sides of the Provincial border.  Parks Canada later became a signatory to the agreement in the year 2000 with Fort Walsh National Historic Site of Canada.

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park Saskatchewan is divided into two parts:  The West Block wilderness area and the Centre Block core area.  The West Block offers visitors rustic backcountry experiences, while the Centre Block offers visitors full service camping as well as other front-country services and amenities.

Geography:

The Cypress Hills rise dramatically above the elevation of the surrounding plains of southwest Saskatchewan, and are the highest point of land in Canada between Labrador and the Rocky Mountains.  The elevation of the Cypress Hills aids in supporting a unique ecosystem in the context of Saskatchewan, which includes the only Lodgepole Pine forest to be found on the prairies in Canada.

Recreation:

The Centre Block offers a wide range of visitor activities including; camping, hiking, picnic areas, an outdoor swimming pool with hot tub & sauna, interpretive programming, boat rentals, bicycle rentals, horseback riding, ziplining, segway tours, food services, golf, mini-golf, in-park radio station, and a resort hotel with a restaurant and lounge.  In the winter the Centre Block offers snowmobiling, cross country ski trails, a toboggan hill, and snowshoe trails.

The West Block offers limited rustic camping as well as an equestrian campground.

Facilities:

Campgrounds with varying levels of utility service, shower houses, firewood, day-use sites, visitor centre, amphitheatre, observatory, community centre (rec hall), beach, fuel, laundromat, grocery store, and resort hotel with conference capacity.

Driving Directions:

Centre Block core area:  Highway #21, directly south of Maple Creek for 27kms and then turn west onto highway #221 for 3kms.

West Block wilderness area:  Highway #271, southwest of Maple Creek, for 50kms.

Camping:

Centre Block – Peak Season (Victoria Day long weekend to end of September):  On-line Bookings.

Centre Block – Shoulder & Winter Seasons (October to April):  Walk-up Bookings at Campground Office.

(No water, electrical, or showers available during shoulder & winter camping seasons.  Pit toilets only.)

West Block (Victoria Day long weekend – September):  First come-first serve self-registration.

Contact: 306-662-5411

Alberta Parks – Elkwater 

On the Alberta side of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, there are 15 campgrounds (11 campgrounds and 4 group use sites) and over 400 sites in the Park, so you are sure to find a site that matches your needs.  There are full-services sites, walk in camping areas, group camping areas, shower houses, day use areas, beaches, playgrounds, nature trails, interpretive viewpoints, and more.

Reservations are available for all campgrounds (except Reesor Dock) within Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – Alberta.

To reserve your campsite on the Alberta side of the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, go to: https://reserve.albertaparks.ca/

Or book your cabin, townhouse or hotel room at:

Elkwater Lake Lodge – Click HERE for more information.