Location: Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan
From June to September, park interpretive staff hosts a variety of entertaining and educational scheduled programs for families and children including a range of themed guided hikes. June programming caters to the outdoor classroom presenting ‘inquiry based learning’ through programs which allow the students to investigate and understand the ecology, geology and cultural importance of the Cypress Hills.
For groups looking for private guided services year-round, Park Interpretive staff offers the following fee guidelines:
- Step-on guided bus tour = $45 for 1hour tour, $60 for 1.5 hour tour (includes walk to top of Bald Butte)
- Hike – $1 person for a 1 hour guided hike
An extensive network of trails is present in both the Centre and West Blocks of the park. Twenty-seven kilometres of trails in the Centre Block provide the opportunity for visitors to hike or mountain bike. For the seasoned hiker, the Trans Canada Trail TCT transects the park. In the Centre Block, this trail covers over 16 km of rugged country-side, and challenges the fittest of outdoorsman. Be prepared for this one. It is worth the effort.
In the West Block, the TCT is also most difficult, but offers unparalleled views of this wilderness block of the park. The Hidden Conglomerates in the West Block are a must-see and are only accessible by taking this trail. The West Block trail is shared between hikers, equestrian riders and the occasional mountain biker.
The Centre Block also offers self-guided nature trails with interpretive signage. These trails range from 1 kilometre to 2 kilometres in length and take in the variety of ecosystems and scenic vistas within the park. Experiencing the lodgepole pine forest, fescue grasslands and secret streams of the Cypress Hills is an anomaly on the prairies so be sure to take your hiking shoes. Nature trails are not open to biking.
Be sure to check out the trails / maps for trail type listings and locations.