Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park - Centre Block
What to do while you are here
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is a beautiful four-season park, full of exciting things to see and do for the whole family.
Cypress Hills offers exceptional water recreation, including swimming, fishing and canoeing. Boats are only permitted up to 5 horsepower on Loch Leven, making it perfect for canoeing, paddle boating and paddleboarding. Loch Leven has a swimming area and beach, with a service centre.
The Cypress Hills Leisure Pool opens the third Saturday in June, and operates to the September long weekend. The pool offers swimming lessons throughout the summer, which can be booked using the reservation system. The pool also offers a hot tub, sauna and lawn area to relax and soak up the sun.
The Cypress Hills offer some of the best trout fishing in Saskatchewan. Battle Creek, in the West Block wilderness area, is home to rainbow, brown and brook trout. It's especially excellent for fly fishers and ultra light spin fishers.
Loch Leven, in Centre Block, offers angling for brook and rainbow trout. The most effective method for fishing on Loch Leven is fly fishing. Also in Centre Block is Boiler Creek, which has a series of beaver ponds that feature brookies.
TrailsFrom self-guided interpretive trails to challenging hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails, Cypress Hills has exactly what you're looking for.
Bicycling, Cross-Country Skiing and Hiking Trails
There are 27 km of trails in the Centre Block of Cypress Hills and 16 km in the West Block. These trails are an excellent opportunity to visit the back-country, where you'll want to make sure to bring your camera, as a variety of wildlife is sure to make an appearance.
These are joint use trails and are great for mountain biking as well as hiking. There are some stretches that are quite demanding but there are varying degrees of difficulty.
The most challenging trail in the park is the Trans Canada Trail, which goes through both the Centre and West Blocks. This is the most difficult trail in the park, and is recommended for seasoned outdoorspeople, but offers breathtaking views. In the West Block, this trail is shared with equestrian riders.
In winter, approximately 15 km of the Centre Block trails are groomed for cross-country skiing.
Highland Rotary Trail
This trail, located near the south end of Loch Lomond, follows the shore of Lonepine Creek. It takes about 45 minutes to complete, and interpretive panels are located along the trail describing the variety of ecosystems and vegetation found in the Cypress highlands.
Native Prairie Trail
This trail is approximately 2 km in length and features interpretation of the very special native prairie habitat found within the park. Two grassland habitats are represented here, including mixed-grass and fescue prairies. Affected by seasonal changes of drought, rain, grazing and fire, these native prairies continue to evolve, protected within the park. This trail also features two spectacular lookout points.
A snowmobile area is designated west of the ball diamond road in Centre Block. A minimum snow depth of 12" is required before the snowmobile trails are open. When open, a six square-mile area offers a full range of scenic challenges for snowmobilers, including hills, coulees and aspen/pine forests. Snowmobiling is not permitted outside the designated area of Centre Block, or within West Block.
Valley of the Windfall Trail
This attractive trail passes through a marsh area where a wealth of birdlife can be observed, and through a lodgepole pine forest, where many sub-alpine plants and flowers can be found. Set aside an hour to fully enjoy this trail.
Whispering Pines Trail
The interpretive panels on this trail describe the vegetation and forest management of the park. There are several scenic viewpoints along the trail that make great rest stops.
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is an ideal location for viewing birds and wildlife. Moose, elk, white-tailed deer, bobcat, red squirrel and mule deer routinely make their home in the park, and cougars are seen occasionally. With more than 220 species of bird, including Oregon junco, yellow-bellied sapsucker and ruby-crowned kinglet, living in the park, it is truly a birder's paradise.
Throughout the summer months, park interpretive staff provide a variety of fun and educational programs and activities. Visitors can also learn new art techniques from the Artist in Residence, take in concerts and plays at the amphitheatre and much more.
Dark Sky Preserve
Cypress Hills is a remarkable place to view the natural beauty of the starry sky. Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park was the first park in Canada to become fully recognized as a Dark-Sky Preserve, and at 39,600 hectares, it is one of the largest in the world.
In the summer months, many opportunities exist to learn more about the night sky through weekly astronomy programs led by interpretive staff at the Cypress Hills Observatory. An annual Summer Star Party is held in August each year, where amateur astronomers gather to share their knowledge with the public.
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park offers an extremely wide variety of other services, including ziplining, horseback riding, a range of places to eat and drink, a hotel complex, rental cabins, golf, mini-golf, groceries, gasoline, watercraft rental, long-term seasonal camping and much more. Visit our What's Nearby page for all of the details.
Four institutional camps operate within Cypress Hills. Summer camp dates and programs vary between the specific camps. Contact the camp directly for more information:
Camp Harding - (306) 662-3723
Camp Shagabec - (306) 662-3721
Cypress Bible Camp - (306) 662-3956 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pinecrest Baptist Bible Camp - (306) 662-3740
Dated: Jan 12, 2018