Ecotour Road Scenic Drive Tour
Location: West Block, Grasslands National Park
This scenic drive features stunning landscapes, rich history, and active conservation. A self-guided driving tour through the Frenchman River Valley in the park’s West Block it usually takes about 2.5 hours. It can be completed as an 80km loop or a 70km “out and back.” Information panels along the road provide interpretation of the prairie landscape. Enjoy our walking and hiking trails or have a picnic at one of the day use areas, or the Frenchman Valley campground along the way! The Ecotour Scenic Drive Self-Guided Tour booklet is available at the Visitor Centre.
For more information on Grasslands National Park visit: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/attractions/grasslands-national-park/
Highlights of the ecotour driving tour:
- Prairie Dog colonies
- Bison sightings
- Wildlife and Bird watching
- Walking and hiking trails
- Exploring archeological sites
- Viewing historical homesteading and ranching sites
- Stunning views of the coulees, buttes and Frenchman River Valley
- Discover the flora that make up the grasslands
To learn more about Grasslands National Park and to see the route that the Road will take you can download one of many maps of Grasslands National Park here: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/trip-planning/map-of-the-cypress-hills-destination-area/grasslands-national-park-trails/
The park’s West Block can be accessed near the village of Val Marie on Hwy #4 and Hwy #18. Val Marie is a one and a half hour drive south of Swift Current. The Park’s East Block can be accessed near the town of Wood Mountain on Hwy #18.