Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park Provincial Parks

Cypress Hill is no gentle slope. It’s the highest spot in Canada east of the Rocky Mountains. This Interprovincial Park (politely shared with neighbouring Saskatchewan) is home to moose, elk, bobcats and a variety of deer. Year-round outdoor activities make it a popular destination whether the hill is covered in snow or sunshine.

  • Do this: Cypress is winter at the next level. Start with the wild bends of the natural luge track, and master a winter survival course too. You know, just in case.
  • Stay a while: After you set up camp near the beach, spend the day stand-up paddleboarding. Rentals are available in the town of Elkwater. 
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Hidden Valley Ski Resort

Elkwater, Alberta
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A unique winter paradise in the Alberta Cypress Hills to discover and improve your winter sports skills for skiing or snow boarding. Locally owned and operated, this family orientated resort offers a great snow school and quality guest experience. Not to mention the best view in the prairies!

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St. Margaret's Church Historic Site

Elkwater, Alberta

St. Margaret's Church was built in 1907 and is currently the oldest church building still in use, south, and east of Medicine Hat. In the early 1940s, the church was used as a schoolhouse, and in 1992 it received an extensive restoration. While the church was originally built as the Church of England (Anglican/Episcopalian), it is now operated on a non-denominational basis, administered by a non-profit society. The small church, which seats 32, is a living memorial to all those who helped settle the area. The church is kept open year-round and attracts nearly 1,600 visitors each year from around the world. Interdenominational services are offered on occasion.

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Lakeside Mini Golf and Frisbee Golf

Elkwater, Alberta

18-hole mini putt course and 9-hole disc golf course (disc rentals and course maps available at Visitor Centre). Open in summer (weather permitting).

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YMCA Camp Elkwater

Elkwater, Alberta

Whether it be a family getaway or a day of outdoor activities, YMCA Camp Elkwater can accommodate you. They have upwards of 20 specialized outdoor programs for you to enjoy, including canoeing, guided hikes, and a high ropes course. These programs are perfect for a school field trip, or just to bring your family out to enjoy the outdoors. They also have several choices of accommodations for your group. The Greer cabin sleeps 9 people and is a fully equipped bungalow style house with a beautiful view, perfect for small family weekend getaways. If you have a larger group or family, the Main Lodge can sleep 30 people and comes with kitchen and bathroom facilities. They also have overflow cabins that can accommodates even more people if needed. The maximum capacity of the camp is 69 in the winter and 101 in the summer. Come and see what YMCA Camp Elkwater can do for you, and start enjoying the beautiful Cypress Hills Provincial Park.

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Elkwater Lake Lodge and Resort

Elkwater, Alberta
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Explore the incredible outdoor playground of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park when you stay in a suite, condo or cabin at this lodge in Elkwater. There's also an onsite restaurant.

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