Elkwater, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

Southeast Alberta

Only a 45 minute drive from Medicine Hat.

In Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Elkwater is the hub for nearby outdoor activities. Whether surrounded by lodgepole pine and aspen forest, or surrounded by calm waters of Elkwater Lake, connect with nature and soak in the sunshine in the rolling hills.


Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board, and float the water of Elkwater Lake with the sunrise or into the sunset. In the late morning or afternoon, bask in the comfort of the heat.

Elkwater Lake

A blanket of soft sand invites visitors to build sand castles, lay in the sun, swim in the water, and enjoy moments spent with loved ones or solo. With water that’s safe to swim in and a comfy beachside, the day can be energetic or relaxing.

Swirls Ice Cream Truck

Right near Elkwater Lake, find Swirls Ice Cream serving creamy treats on a warm, sunny day. This local spot is a favourite in Medicine Hat, so the owners brought the treats to Elkwater for everyone to enjoy.


Hiking, mountain biking, and leisure trails, and are found throughout Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, and most are in close distance to the Elkwater Townsite. From family-friendly to challenging trails for hiking and biking, choose an adventure that best suits the day with information on page xx, or at the Cypress Hills Visitor Centre.

12-34 Cafe

Snug in the rolling hills, 12-34 Cafe serves a full menu of coffee, food, and baked desserts. Stop at this cabin-inspired coffee shop to start your day, or find a meal to refuel the energy spent enjoying the outdoors. 


From tent to RV camping, or comfort cabin glamping, to booking a stay at Elkwater Lake Lodge & Resort, there are accommodations that suit all needs in Elkwater.


Pack the gear, because Elkwater Lake has fish to catch. Choose a spot and fish from the dock, on a boat, or in a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddle board. A fishing license is required.

Cypress Hills Visitor Centre

The Cypress Hills Visitor Centre has informative counsellors for any inquiries about specific activities and things to do. Displays and exhibits can be wandered as well, to learn more about the wildlife and nature in the area, and a gift shop is available for souvenirs.

watch the Cypress Hills in the winter reel.

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