Cypress Hills Destination Area
Covering the south west corner of our province, the Cypress Hills Destination Area welcomes visitors with truly amazing scenery and a variety of activities that the entire family can enjoy. If you are lucky enough to find yourself in the area, be sure to take your time and take advantage of all the area has to offer.
The Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is a unique and ruggedly beautiful area, with forests, fields, and streams to enjoy; go camping, hiking, fly fishing – or just relax. The park is also a Dark-Sky Preserve – one of the largest in North America – so there is no better place for watching the night sky and maybe catching a meteor shower. And if you’re a history buff, learn about the North West Mounted Police’s march west at Fort Walsh National Historic Site.
Visit nearby Maple Creek for the wonderful dining experiences at The Star Café, Rockin’ Horse Bar & Grill or Redmond House. Taste wine made from grapes grown right here in Saskatchewan at the Cypress Hills Vineyard and Winery. Play in the trees and go ziplining through the lodge pole pines with Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures. If you are feeling adventurous, head over to Historic Reesor Ranch, a working cattle ranch where you can help with daily chores or take a guided ride through the beautiful valleys. Dig out your inner paleontologist and visit the T.rex Discovery Centre in Eastend where you can now see a full sized cast model of Scotty’s skeleton.
Located along the United States border, Grasslands National Park is the only national park in Canada to protect mixed prairie grasses. The park is home to an abundance of endangered species including; Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs, Burrowing Owls, Black-Footed Ferrets and Plains Bison. The East Block is the richest resource for dinosaur fossils in Canada and in 2009, the park was designated the darkest Dark Sky Preserve in the country.
Visit www.visitcypresshills.ca, to learn more about this diverse and exciting area of the province!
FUN FACT – The Cypress Hills have cliffs unique to the area called the Conglomerate Cliffs. Gravel and stones called cobbles have been cemented together by calcium carbonate that precipitates out from water draining at the cliff's edge. Created over time with enormous amounts of pressure these cliffs are an armour-like cap that protects the Cypress Hills from wind and water erosion and they provide amazing views of the valley’s below!