Experience Guide | Tourism Medicine Hat
CYPRESS HILLS INTERPROVINCIAL PARK
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Approximately 45 minutes Southeast of Medicine Hat. The total area of the Alberta portion of the park is 205 km2. YOUR ADVENTURE AWAITS General Information
ELKWATER TRAIL SYSTEM Shoreline – Soggy Bottom
The Visitor Centre has rental equipment to get you out enjoying the trails and the fresh air. Over 140 km of trails and Fire and Resource Trails to explore. Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park trails have it all, from accessible hikes along paved paths to adrenaline pumping downhill mountain biking. The lakes of Cypress Hills provide space for water sports and beach activities. Elkwater allows motorized boats and has a large beach for families to enjoy swimming, kayaking, SUP, canoeing and there is even a disc golf course. The Visitor Centre offers an insight at the history, geography and ecology of the Cypress Hills which is unique in Canada.
3.4 km one way A great walk for the family, follow this paved path and enjoy the views of Elkwater Lake. This trail takes you along the lakeshore and across a boardwalk. Shoreline – Firerock – Old Baldy 4.8 km loop Feeling a little adventurous? Take this trail along the lakeshore and then stop at the Old Baldy viewpoint to view the Elkwater Townsite. Beaver Creek Loop 1.3 km loop Explore a series of old beaver dams on this loop trail that takes you through lodgepole, poplar and spruce forests.
The Cypress Hills gently rise 600 meters above the surrounding prairie landscape of Southeastern Alberta. 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. You will also discover a variety of winter activities within the park such as a snow luge, skating trail, outdoor ice rink and ski resort.
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