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The Cypress Hills gently rise 600 metres above the surrounding prairie landscape of Southeastern Alberta, just 45 minutes from Medicine Hat. This elevation gives the small community of Elkwater the perfect environment to enjoy trails and wildlife. Within the park, you will find lodging and facilities to accommodate your stay.

your adventure awaits

A group hikes through the trees in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.

hit the trail

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park trails have it all, from accessible hikes along paved paths to adrenaline-pumping downhill mountain biking.

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on the water

The lakes of Cypress Hills provide space for watersports and beach activities. Elkwater allows motorized boats and has a large beach for families to enjoy swimming, kayaking, stand up paddle board, canoeing and there is even a disc golf course. 

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Kayakers at sunset on the lake at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.
A group rides horses through the winding trails at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.

equestrian use

Ride along winding trails through mature forest or through stirrup high grasses while taking in the astounding vistas and sweeping views of the surrounding plains or the Sweetgrass Hills of Montana far to the south.

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camping

From rustic campgrounds and back country huts to comfortable cabins, we have something for everyone looking to experience nature in the Cypress Hills.

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Comfortable camp huts on the bank of the lake at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.
A couple sits at a table in a cozy cafe at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.

food & dining

Visit the Cypress Hills, isolated from the city, without giving up the treats! The 1234 Cafe offers casual food in a cozy setting, and treat yourself with ice cream and mini donuts at the Swirls trailer by the lake.

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A family plays in the snow at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.

snow day

fun all year round

From snowshoeing to disc golf, your backyard park to the Cypress Hills - there is no shortage of adventures in the south east, in any season!

Cypress Hills

interprovincial park

The stars pop differently in the Cypress Hills, a Dark Sky Reserve.

camping

Camping

12 campgrounds spread across Cypress Hills Park will allow you to stay in the park- with full hook-ups for your camper, or completely disconnected; deep in the lodgepole pines, or a short walk from Elkwater Lake!

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Back Country Huts

Five backcountry huts are available for overnight rental and can be accessed by ski or snowshoe in winter. Tom Trott and Medicine Lodge Huts are located at the top of the plateau, just 3.5 km from the Elkwater townsite  Spruce Coulee campground, accessible from Reesor Lake Rd or Spruce Coulee trailhead. Reesor Lake huts are near the Reesor Lake Campground just south of Reesor Lake.

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contact

Visitor Centre
Open Year Round
(403) 893–3833 Ext. 5
cypresshills.com

Campsite Reservations
Toll Free: 1 (877) 537–2757
reserve.albertaparks.ca

Provincial Park Information
albertaparks.ca
Toll Free: 1 (866) 427–3582
(780) 427–3582

Fire Bans in Alberta
albertafirebans.ca

Emergency
Phone: 911

24 Hour Park Help Line
1 (780) 644-3880