Fall and Winter Availability in the Cypress Hills Destination Area

Fall and Winter Availability in the Cypress Hills Destination Area

Location: Cypress Hills Destination Area

Fall can be one of the best times to visit the Cypress Hills Destination Area, less people, warm days and cozy nights by the fire.

Enjoy year-round accommodations, attractions and dining.

Visitor Centres

CHDA/Maple Creek Trans Canada Hwy Visitor Centre – open Tuesday-Saturday until Sept 28th – 9-5pm. 306 662 3663

Maple Creek Visitor Centre – open daily Mon-Fri year-round 9am-5pm. 306 662 4005

Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan – Admin/Campground Office Sept 3-Oct 13 – 7 days a week 8am-4:30pm, Oct 14-May 2020, Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm, closed weekends and STAT Holidays. 306 662 5411

Elkwater Visitor Centre – Sept 2-May Long Weekend: Open Wed-Sun 9:30-5pm – 403 893 3833

Grasslands National Park – Sept 3-Oct 14th: Daily in both the West Block (Val Marie – 306.298.2257.) and the East Block (Rock Creek Campground – 306.476.2018) – 9am-5pm. grasslands.info@pc.gc.ca

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park Saskatchewan

Fall Camping Opportunities

Camping is one of the most popular activities in a provincial park, no matter the season. However, as summer turns to fall, the operation of our camping system changes slightly. This page details everything you need to know about camping in a provincial park past the Labour Day long weekend.

Some parks offer reservations into the fall. Just like the summer season, the following campsites at these parks can be booked online or through our call centre (1-855-737-7275) in advance of your expected visit:

Cypress Hills

Meadows

Oct 13

1-12, 21-143

 

Rainbow

Sept 23

1-3, 5-70

 

Deer Hollow

Oct 13

1-35

Most parks also offer fall camping on a first-come/first-served, self-registration basis.

When one or more of the basic services (power, water, service centre, firewood, outdoor toilet) are unavailable, the camping rates for full-service, electric and non-electric campsites will be reduced by $4. Economy and equestrian campsite rates are not typically reduced.

Park Administration Office -year round – (306) 662-5411

Private bookings available by calling (306) 662-5411
Email us at cypresshills@gov.sk.ca 
or visit the Government of Saskatchewan website.

Park Office (year round) (306) 662-5411

Campground Online Reservations – www.saskparks.net/Reserve-A-site Toll-free
Campground Reservasion Line: 1-855-737-7275

Admin/Campground Office hours:

September 3-October 13 – 7 days a week – 8:00am-4:30pm

October 14-May 2020 –Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, closed weekends and STAT holidays

Dining/Activities/Services – Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan and Area

The Lakeview Grill

Open until Sept 22nd

Hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-7pm.

t. 306 661 8958

Observatory Programs:

Observatory at Cypress Hills

Saturday, Sept 1- 9:00pm

Saturday, Sept 7, – 8:30pm

Saturday, September 14, – 8:30pm

Saturday, September 21, – 8:00pm

Cypress Hills Segway Tours

Cypress Hills Segway Tours.

Is open via appointment in September and October. Call or text – 306.661.9070 Email – reservations@cypresshillssegwaytours.com

Hiking

Click to access Area Hiking Maps:

http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/what-to-do/summer-activities/hiking/

Grotto Gardens Country Market

Goat Yoga at Grotto Gardens:

Sunday Sept 1st and Sept 8th at 11am

Haunted House at Grotto Gardens

Nightly October 21 – October 30st.

Daily (for families and young children): Oct 26 & 27th – 11am-4pm

Cost:  $8 pp for evening and $5 pp for daytime.

⚠Warning: Children under 11 should be accompanied by an adult. Parental discretion is advised.

Grotto Gardens Gift Store/Bakery/Dining:

Gift Store and Bakery Open Thursday – Sundays: 10am to 6pm (*Until Oct 31st)

Closed Sept 12,13,14,15 and 19th and October 14th

Oct 15-30th – Treats and Drinks available along with Hot Saskatoon Cider.

Contact: 306-662-3585

Fort Walsh National Historic Site:  September 3 to September 28th, 2019

Fort Walsh National Historic Site Tours.

Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Email us at mailto:fort.walsh@pc.gc.ca or visit the Fort Walsh official site at www.parkscanada.ca/walsh
Administration Office: (306) 662-2645; From Oct 01 to May 01
fax: (306) 662-2711
Historic Site: (306) 662-3590; From May 01 to Sept 30
Service en français Pendant les heures d’ouverture, un préposé francophone à l’information est à votre disposition.

T.Rex Discovery Centre – Eastend, SK

Tea and Fossils hands on experience at the TRex Discovery Centre in Eastend.

The Centre officially closes for the season on September 2nd, but as part of Culture Days in Eastend they will be open on Sept 28th and 29th from noon- 6pm each day.  The gift shop will also be open at those times.  A Tea and Fossils event will also be held on Sept 28th at 2pm-4:30pm, with additional dates held throughout the fall/winter/spring (see below).

Contact: 306-295-4009 (leave a message), or email:  trex.centre@gov.sk.ca

Old Man on His Back Nature Conservancy

Old Man on His Back Ranch

Old Man on His Back Prairie Heritage and Conservation Area is now a Nocturnal Preserve! The Visitor Centre is open weekends from mid-May to the end of September. For information on hours of operation, local travel conditions or to arrange a visit during the week, please call interpreter Alan Dumontel at 306.662.7809.

Northern Lights Vintage Spa:

Northern Lights Vintage Spa in Maple Creek

Monday to Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm (Walk-ins welcome).

Saturday & After Hours: Prearrangement only
For appointments call:  306-661-7373 w. https://www.northernlightsvintagespa.com/ e. info@northernlightsvintagespa.com

Address: 126A Jasper Street, Maple Creek, SK, S0N 1N0

Maple Creek Golf Club – Maple Creek, SK

Open Daily until September 30, 2019 (weather permitting).  To book a tee time call:  306-662-2886

8:00 AM – Sunset

​Green Fees – 9-holes:  $28.89 all fees included

Club Rentals                                                                           9 Holes:  $27 + taxes and fees

Set of Clubs | $10                                                                  18 Holes: $36 + taxes and fees

Driving Range

Bag of  Balls     | $5

Bucket of Ball   | $8

Carefree Adventures

Kayak in SW Saskatchewan with Carefree Adventures

No Scheduled Tours  – but private bookings are available at Simmie and other locales.

Contact:  John Smith e.buckguy@telus.netwww.carefreeadventures.ca

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Elkwater Lake Lodge – Cypress Hills, Alberta

Elkwater Lake Lodge in Cypress Hills, Alberta.

Hours:

Four-season resort, all cabins, townhouses, and hotel rooms available.  Groups & Conferences as well as Christmas Parties can be booked by contacting Neeraj Mishra – info@elkwaterlakelodge.comOr by calling 403-893-3811.

Buglers Restaurant (at Elkwater Lake Lodge):

High Season:  (Until Sept 16th):  7-days a week from 8:00am to 2Pm (Breakfast/Lunch) and from 5:00pm to 9:00pm (Dinner Service)

Low Season: September 17th-December 15th / January 1st-April 30th

*5-days a week (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).
*Wed-Fri: 8:00am to 11:00am (Breakfast) and from 5:00pm to 9:00pm (Dinner Service).
*Saturdays/Sundays:  8:00am to 2:00pm (Breakfast/Lunch) and from 5:00pm to 9:00pm (Dinner Service)
Christmas – December 16th-Dec 31st:  High Season Hours

Events:  Wine in the Hills, Wine Festival – Oct 25-27th, 2019. For more information or to book head to www.visitcypresshills.events.

The Historic Reesor Ranch – Cypress Hills Saskatchewan (West Block)

Historic Reesor Ranch
Pferde rennen an der Cowboy Ranch vorbei zu ihrer Koppel – Saskatchewan, Kanada

Four Season Accommodations accommodations (5 cabins, and Old Log Barn) remain open year-round).

Horseback riding, ATV Guided Tours and Wine in the West Tours as well as the Ranch Hall Grill and B&B open and available until September 30th.

Winter and Spring Romance Packages available.

Ranch Hall Grill available for special events and suppers.

Phone/Fax (306)662-3498 or email at: reesorranch@hotmail.com

https://www.reesorranch.com/

Can be booked for special occasions including Christmas parties, weddings, family reunions, groups and conferences as well as team building experiences.

 Special Event:  September 7th, 2019  The Cypress Hills Alberta Wish Ride http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/events/cypress-hills-wish-ride/

Ghostown Blues Bed and BreakfastMaple Creek, SK

Ghostown Blues B&B

Accommodations open until September 30th.  Head to their website:  www.ghostowblues.ca for reservations and to view their availability calendar.

Upcoming Music Concerts:

Sept 17 – Sam Platt in Concert

Sept 28 – Little Miss Higgins in Concert

Willowbend Motel – Maple Creek, SK

The newest property in the Willowbend family, the Willowbend Motel is a newly-renovated year-round accommodation in the Town of Maple Creek, and is an affordable alternative for travellers.

Reservations: Phone:  306-662-2555

Cottage of Content – Maple Creek, SK

Cottage available in Maple Creek min two night stay

The Cottage of Content is a pet-friendly vacation rental by owner, perfect for visiting family, longterm workers, or those looking for a base from which to make daytrips throughout the area.  It is available for bookings as usual through the off-season at a discounted rate of $80/night $500/weekly

Call:  306 661 8420

Tumbling Angels Loft – Maple Creek, SK

Tumbling Angels Artist Loft in Maple Creek, near the Cypress Hills.

Enjoy this 2-bedroom Artist’s getaway in Maple Creek located above the Broken Spoke Fine Art Gallery and Gifts, with northern light exposure.

Call:  306 661 8420

Johnson Cultural Centre Retreat – Cypress Hills Saskatchewan (Centre Block)

Johnson Cultural Centre Artist's Retreat.

The Johnson Cultural Centre – Artists’ Retreat offers a place to unwind in an idyllic setting where artists can pursue their work, cultivate their creativity in direct contact with nature in a restful and beautiful setting.  Email: johnsonretreat@yahoo.com

YMCA Camp Elkwater – Cypress Hills, Alberta

Camp YMCA Elkwater is available for rentals for groups or individuals.

A fully winterized four-season rental facility awaits at YMCA Camp Elkwater.  Rent individual cabins or the entire facility. It’s the perfect places for:  families, weddings, corporate groups, youth groups, crafting and fitness retreats, and other organizations, with the added capacity to offer food services and a wide range of specialized programming to enhance your Elkwater experience.

Jamie Corbett, YMCA Camp Elkwater T: 403-527-4426 E: jamie.corbett@medicinehatymca.ca. Visit us at: medicinehatymca.ca YMCA Camp Elkwater is owned & operated by the Family YMCA of Medicine Hat.

Guesthouse 71 – Medicine Hat, Alberta

Guesthouse 71 Bed and Breakfast near Medicine Hat

Close to Medicine Hat – Experience the country at Guesthouse 71. Located just 6. 5 miles off of Highway 3, you can experience the peacefulness of the country while being just a short drive to the city. Whether you are exploring the Canadian Badlands, in Medicine Hat for business, enjoying a romantic getaway, or looking for a unique staycation — Guesthouse 71 can be your home away from home.  Call:  403 866 1833 or email: dawna@guesthouse71.com

Horseshoe Haven – Consul, SK

Horseshoe Haven near Consul

A year-round operation, choose from one of three properties all within five miles of each other. Located 84 kilometres southeast of Maple Creek traveling on Highway 21 and Highway 13. Accommodations available for both guests and horses!

Call:  306 295 7876, or email:  dreesor@luckyhorseshoe.ca Website: http://luckyhorseshoe.ca/haven.html

CAMPGROUNDS – Maple Creek, Gull Lake, and Leader, SK

Willowbend Campground and Cabins – Maple Creek, SK

Power and Sewer available year-round.  Site water dependent on weather, as temperatures fall, sections will be closed until such time as temperatures are consistently below freezing, at which time all water at individual sites will be shut down.  There is still access to water to fill tanks year round.

Washrooms/Showers are both heated and remain open year-round if in use.

Cabins are four-season cabins open year round.

Call for reservations or more information:  (306) 662-3006   e:  jdchmilar@sasktel.net

Events: Cowboy Poetry Gathering + Western Art and Gear Show – Sept 20-22nd.

Gull Lake Campground – Gull Lake, SK

Gull Lake Campground off the Trans Canada Highway

For weary travellers to the Cypress Hills Destination Area, Gull Lake is a haven located just off the Trans Canada highway. With a treed and grassy campground and other amenities including a swimming pool, mini-golf, tennis courts, and playgrounds, along with the Lyceum Theatre a newly upgraded digital movie theater, it’s the perfect stop along your journey.

Open until October 14th (Thanksgiving Long Weekend)

Campsites:
◾26 Electric (30 amp & 15 amp)
◾26 Non-electric and Tenting sites

◾$25 – 30 amp Electric
◾$20 – 15 amp Electric
◾$10 Tenting

Well treed setting. Modern washroom and shower facilities. Close to downtown services. Picnic tables and firewood available. 
Telephone access. Reservations accepted. Interac and cash accepted. Call 306.672.4099.

Leader Lions Campground – Leader, SK

Town of Leader Lions Campground.

Rest from the road at this family and worker-friendly location. Next door to the Town of Leader’s spectacular pool, park and new playground, as well as their beautiful Millennium Gardens. Walking distance to all amenities. Electrical sites * Sewer Sites * Water Sites * Bathrooms * Showers * first-come first-serve registration * Nearby Library offers free wifi

t. 306.628.3868 E. town.leader@sasktel.net w. https://leader.ca/

Events:  Leader & District Guided Bus Tour – Aug 31/Sept 1st

CAMPGROUNDS/ACCOMMODATIONS/SERVICES – Grasslands National Park Area

70 Mile Butte Grasslands National Park

Grasslands National Park – Camping and Visitor Centres

Don’t miss the slower pace of this wonderful season! Take time to smell the sage brush blooming in the Fall. Escape with your family for self-guided fall fun and camping!

Let our friendly and knowledgeable staff, at both Visitor Centres, help you plan your Grasslands experience. Camp at the Frenchman Valley Campground (West Block) or the Rock Creek Campground (East Block).

Visitor Centre Hours of Operation

Sept 3rd to October 14th, 2019: Daily
West (Val Marie) and East Blocks (Rock Creek Campground): 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Contact: 306-298-2257 (West Block Visitor Centre in Val Marie, SK)

306-476-2018 (East Block McGowan’s Visitor Centre at Rock Creek Campground)

 grasslands.info@pc.gc.ca

For tipi and oTENTik reservations following September September 2, 2019, please call the West Block Visitor Centre at 1-877-345-2257 or the Rock Creek Visitor Centre at 1-306-476-2018.

Reservations are not required for camp sites from September 2 to October 14, 2019. Camp sites will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis by self-registration during this time and there will be no water available. All campgrounds and Badlands Parkway close October 15, 2019

For more information please visit Parks Canada’s Planning Your Visit, Reservation Service webpage.

Reserve. Relax. Experience.
1.877.RESERVE (1.877.737.3783)
TTY only 1.866.787.6221
Campground Reservation Service

Village of Val Marie Campground

Val Marie Campground near Grasslands National Park in the Cypress Hills Destination Area.

The Village of Val Marie offers a fully serviced campground with lots of clean washrooms, showers and plenty of shade! Open until October 31st.

Rates:

Sites 1-6 – $25 plus gst per night (15 amp service)

Sites 7-13 – $30 plus gst per night (15 & 50 amp service)

Tenting and Unserviced Sites – $15

Monthly rates available.

For unregistered guests:$5 Shower$10 RV/Trailer Dump

Self-registration or NEW for 2019 – Book online at the website link below.

For more information please visit their website https://valmarie.ca/places-to-stay/ or call 306-298-2022!

Booking:  https://campreservations.ca/campground/val-marie-campground-692

Services: Whitemud Grocery (year-round), Public Card Lock Gas Station (year-round), Val Marie Hotel (dining and bar); Prairie Wind Silver Sage Eco-Museum/Café/Bookstore (+ Wifi) – Open for Fall- September 1 – to the third weekend of September: Open 9 am – 5 pm, Friday to Sunday. Closed for lunch 12 – 1 pm

Events: Val Marie 53rd Annual Indoor Bob Larson Memorial Rodeo: Sept 20th-22nd – 7pm

Admission: Adults $10, 12 & Under $7, Preschool Free  Val Marie Little Britches Rodeo: Sunday, September 17, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. Admission: Adults $5, 12 & Under $3, Preschool Free

Dance Saturday Night Admission $10  Rodeo Queen Competition Saturday night during rodeo intermission

Municipal Campground Open until October 31st.

Sky Story Bed and Breakfast – Val Marie, SK

Sky Story B&B near Grasslands National Park

Four season Bed & Breakfast Visit  www.skystory.ca

art – yoga – classes – retreats – workshops – guided First Nation cultural tours/hikes – guided night sky tours

Call:  306 550 5377    e: skystory@sasktel.net   

Events:  Oct 6th, 2019 – Cree Culture Walk with Joseph Naytowhow in Grasslands National Park

DINING – Cypress Hills Destination Area

The Lakeview Grill – Cypress Hills, SK (Centre Block)

Open until Sept 22nd.

Hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-7pm.

  1. 306 661 8958

 

Ranch Hall Gril – Historic Reesor Ranch, Cypress Hills, SK (West Block)

Open and available until September 30th.

Ranch Hall Grill available for special events and suppers.

Phone/Fax (306)662-3498 or email at: reesorranch@hotmail.com

https://www.reesorranch.com/

 

The Daily Grind

Coffee roastery, espresso, cappuccino, fresh baking, in-house gelato, fine foods, and gifts.

Open:

Mon-Fri:  9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday:  10:00am – 4:00pm

  1. 306 662 3133

The Rockin’ Horse Cookhouse & Bar – Maple Creek, SK

Family-friendly dining, separate bar area, with pool table and VLTS.

Open All Year Round:

Tue – Thu: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Fri: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sat: 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm 

Cookhouse closes for food service:

Tues – Wed: 9:00 pm, Thurs – Sat: 10:00 pm,

Closed Sundays, Mondays & Holidays

Daily Features, Take Out (pick up only), Private Parties/Meetings, Catering, Community Events, Fundraisers

  1. 306 662 2430

The Shop Café & Catering – Maple Creek, SK

Open:

Till Aug 31st:  Monday-Saturday: 6am to 6pm. Closed Sundays

September 2nd to Spring:  Monday-Friday 8am to 6pm

Available for take-out (pick up only) and Private Catering.  Book your Christmas Party early to avoid disappointment.

  1. 306 662 2253

Grotto Gardens Gift Store/Bakery/Dining:

Gift Store and Bakery Open Thursday – Sundays: 10am to 6pm (*Until Oct 31st)

Closed Sept 12,13,14,15 and 19th and October 14th

Oct 15-30th – Serving treats and drinks including Hot Saskatoon Cider.

December – 1st-20th Christmas shopping hours TBA + Hosting Christmas Parties

  1. 306-662-3585

SHOPPING – Cypress Hills Destination Area

Ranchhouse Meat Company – Shaunavon, SK

Ranch House Meat Company in Shaunavon offers top quality cuts of meats, and make their own Bacons, Hams, Sausage, Deli Meats, Jams, Pickles, Preserves, Pies & more! They source the finest locally grown meats and poultry that can be found.

Hours:

Monday  – 8:30  am – 5:30 pm

Tuesday  – 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Wednesday  –  8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Thursday – 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Friday –   8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Saturday –  10:00 am – 5:00  pm

Broken Spoke Art Gallery & Gift Shop – Maple Creek, SK

Monday to Saturday   11:00   –    5:00

Also available by appointment 306-661-8425

Closed the following days:

– Sept 8 to 16

– January 1 to March 15

Exhibits and Concerts:  Over the Moon (Roots Music Performance): Oct 26th – 7pm

Over the Hill Antiques – Maple Creek, SK

Open 10am-7pm Fri – Tues, 10am-9pm Thursdays, Closed- Wednesdays.

Closes for regular hours Sept 15th – Open by appointment all fall/winter/spring.

Located on Hwy 21 between Maple Creek and Cypress Hills Centre Block. Hosts an array of collectibles and antiques.

  1. 306-662-7339.

Nixavl Pottery – Eastend, SK

Open everyday noon-6pm until Sept 30th.  Ask about their Pot (Painting) Parties!

Open by appointment throughout the Winter

Contact:  Nick Saville (owner/potter)
t. 306 295 7432 (call or text)
FB: https://www.facebook.com/nicksavillepottery/
w. http://www.nixavl.ca/

Northern Lights Vintage Spa Boutique

Monday to Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm (Walk-ins welcome).

Saturday & After Hours: Prearrangement only
For appointments call:  306-661-7373 w. https://www.northernlightsvintagespa.com/ e. info@northernlightsvintagespa.com

Address: 126A Jasper Street, Maple Creek, SK, S0N 1N0

Grotto Gardens Gift Store/Bakery/Dining:

Gift Store and Bakery Open Thursday – Sundays: 10am to 6pm (*Until Oct 31st)

Closed Sept 12,13,14,15 and 19th and October 14th

Oct 15-30th – Treats and Drinks available along with Hot Saskatoon Cider.

Contact: 306-662-3585

MUSEUMS – Cypress Hills Destination Area

Fort Walsh National Historic Site:  September 3 to September 28th, 2019
Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Email us at mailto:fort.walsh@pc.gc.ca or visit the Fort Walsh official site at www.parkscanada.ca/walsh
Administration Office: (306) 662-2645; From Oct 01 to May 01
fax: (306) 662-2711
Historic Site: (306) 662-3590; From May 01 to Sept 30
Service en français Pendant les heures d’ouverture, un préposé francophone à l’information est à votre disposition.

Eastend Historical Museum (Eastend) –

The museum’s fall  hours starting Sept. 3 – Oct. 15  – 11:00am – 4:00 pm

Open Tuesday – Sunday;  Closed Mondays   Phone 306 295-3375

For tours or information after hours   – Contact 306 295-3670 or 306 295-7553

T.Rex Discovery Centre (Eastend)

The Centre officially closes for the season on September 2nd. (Unlike years past they will not be encouraging drop-in traffic throughout September).

They will be open for Culture Days weekend on Saturday & Sunday, September 28 & 29 from noon- 6pm each day.  The gift shop will also be open at those times. 

Fall/Winter Events at the T.Rex Discovery Centre

 

Tea and Fossils: 2pm-4:30pm – Enjoy afternoon tea with a serving of fossils at the

T.rex Discovery Centre. The event will include an hour of hands-on work with real Saskatchewan fossils (no experience necessary), followed by tea, coffee and conversation. We’ll show you how to prepare fossils like the pros — all you need to bring is your favourite teacup! Everyone is welcome. Admission by donation.

 

Tea and Fossil Dates:  September 28th, October 26th, November 30th, December 14th, January 25th, 2020, February 29, 2020, March 28 2020, April 25th, 2020.

For more information on Tea and Fossils contact: Paleontologist Dr. Emily Bamforth:  emily.bamforth@gov.sk.ca

SW Sask Oldtimers’ Museum (Maple Creek)

Closes Sept 1st for the Season.  Look for events and guest speakers throughout the winter season. Private tours may be possible by contacting: mcmuseum@sasktel.net

Travel Lottery: Tickets for the SW Sask Oldtimers’ Museum fundraising lottery are available to purchase online at: www.visitcypresshills.ca/Oldtimers-Travel-Lottery

Gull Lake Museum (Gull Lake) –

Closes August 31st for the season.