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World-famous tourist attractions, such as Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, Dinosaur Provincial Park & the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology are just a short drive away from Medicine Hat.

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

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Just 65 km (41 mi) southeast of Medicine Hat, the Cypress Hills rise up to 600 metres above the surrounding prairie, to a maximum elevation of 1,468 metres (4,816 feet), making it Canada’s highest point between the Rocky Mountains and Labrador. The Cypress Hills are Canada’s first Interprovincial Park, designated in 1989, and include provincial parks in both Alberta and Saskatchewan and Fort Walsh National Historic Site.

Approximately 700 species of plants and animals thrive in the park, including 14 species of orchids. The parks protect the Cypress Hills landscape, which consists of elevated blocks of lush forest, wetlands and fescue grasslands surrounded by dry, mixed prairie.

In 2007, the new Cypress Hills Visitor Centre opened in the Elkwater townsite, offering visitor information and a gift shop. Key park features include the Elkwater townsite (a cottage community sitting at the same elevation as the Banff townsite), Horseshoe Canyon and Reesor Lake viewpoints (offering 100 km views on a clear day), over 50 km of hiking and cross-country ski trails, lakes, camping, fishing and wildlife viewing. Additional services include a 9-hole grass-green golf course, Hidden Valley Ski Area, excellent fly-fishing areas, accommodation options and tourism services.

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Contact: 403.893.3777



Red Rock Coulee

Red Rock Coulee

56 kms (35 mi) southwest of Medicine Hat, along Hwy 887, Red Rock Coulee Natural Area is 324 hectares of eerie badlands, hoodoos and, the most striking feature of this landscape, large, round, red boulders. Measuring up to 2.5 metres in diameter, these boulders are actually sandstone concretions believed to be among the largest in the world. It is an excellent site for education and environmental studies and a fascinating place to hike and observe geological wonders, birds, plants and wildlife.



Etzikom Museum

Etzikom Museum

Take a short drive to the south-west (approx. 90 kms / 56 mi) and glimpse into the prairie pioneer life at the Etzikom Museum and the Canadian National Historic Windmill Museum. Enjoy a self-guided tour on a paved path: the tour encompasses the overall history of wind power utilization in Canada. At the museum, over 11,000 square feet of indoor display area and 4 acres of outdoor displays feature hundreds of artifacts and antiques relating to the homesteading days of Southern Alberta. Located at the intersection of Highway 885 and 61.

Contact: 403.666.3737



Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park

Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park

Approx. 170 kms (105 mi) away, Writing-on-Stone is a sacred landscape; a landscape of special spiritual significance to the Blackfoot people who hunted and traveled these Great Plains since the beginning of time. The Blackfoot associate spirit powers with the weathered hoodoos and cliffs of the valley and with the nearby Sweetgrass Hills. Abundant First Nations carvings, or petroglyphs, and paintings or pictographs which cover the sheer sandstone cliffs, are protected here as living legacy to this spiritual connection of a people with a place.

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Contact: 403.647.2877



Devil's Coulee Dinosaur Heritage Museum

Devil's Coulee

Located at Warner, approx.170 kms (105 mi) from Medicine Hat, Devil’s Coulee is the site of Canada’s first dinosaur egg nesting site and new discoveries are still being made. Take the tour through the Museum which features a Hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur) nest and embryo, ancient fossils, dinosaur models, and a mural depicting dinosaurs caring for their young. There are great dinosaur related activities for kids. Then go on a guided tour out to the site where the dinosaurs nested. In the Heritage Gallery, you will find yourself exploring the ‘more recent’ past, through artifacts and stories from the most recent ‘early days’ of the Warner region.

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Contact: 403.642.2118



Dinosaur Provincial Park

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Discover prehistoric adventure 158 kms (98 mi) west of Medicine Hat at the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dinosaur Provincial Park. The gently rolling prairie grasslands suddenly drop off, plunging the visitor into a whole other world of hoodoos, pinnacles, coulees and buttes. Many who visit these badlands for the first time describe this sudden transition as if they have taken a wrong turn and somehow ended up on the moon! Strange land formations rise up on all sides, sculpted by wind and water into hauntingly beautiful shapes sunbathed in terra cotta, bronze and amber.

A trip to Dinosaur Provincial Park is also a 75 million-year foray back in time. This region was then a subtropical paradise populated by turtles, crocodiles and sharks -- and featuring a lush vegetation similar to the coastal plains of the south-eastern United States today. Here, on the shores of the Bearpaw Sea, dinosaurs once hunted and mated -- and ultimately met their demise, leaving an amazingly rich fossil and bone record for us to discover today.

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Contact 403.378.4342



Royal Tyrrell Museum

Royal Tyrrell Museum

Discover the dinosaurs and the world they lived in (247 kms from Medicine Hat)... The Royal Tyrrell Museum is nestled in the heart of the spectacular Canadian Badlands, where fossil hunters have been prospecting for over a century. In addition to holding treasures millions of years old, the badlands also offer stunning opportunities for photography, hiking and exploring.

From May to September, the Museum offers a variety of creative fun, and educational summer programs that bring the historic past to life.

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Contact 1.888.440.4240