Cypress Hills Provincial Park

Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Alberta offers a natural environment that few can believe is in the middle of the Albertan Prairies. Located just 45 minutes South from the sunniest city in Canada, Medicine Hat, you rise 600m above the flat Grass Lands and enter a lush, green, Montane environment where Spruce trees grow tall and wild turkeys roam. The Cypress Hills offers a range of accommodation offerings for those exploring outside the Rockies. Rustic camping, full service campgrounds, front and back country huts, group campgrounds and hotel accommodations. While you enjoy the highest point between the Rockies and New Labrador (that's a long, long way) try out the canoeing or kayaking on one of the three lakes. Get into the forest on a trail by bike, on foot or on horseback (you will need you own horse). The Mountain Biking is excellent with new technical trails being built every year and one of the longest seasons in Canada from April through to October. The local golf course offers amazing value and pretty spectacular view down into Montana. If nature is what you are after then you will not be disappointed. The unique geography of the Cypress Hills makes it a birders paradise and host to White Tail Deer, Elk, Moose, Wild turkey and a myriad of creatures great and small...including the illusive Cougar. You won't find any bears here so no worries on campsite visitors that are big and hairy. There are no mountains to get in your way when viewing the Aurora when it decides to dance. The Cypress Hills is a Dark Sky Preserve and offers some stunning night shows with a full dome to wonder at. Winter months are best for star gazing but summer can still be a treat if you are a night owl. Winter is just as much fun as the summer with cross country skiing, alpine skiing, skating trail, snow shoeing, fat biking, tobogganing and a home made Luge to curve down.Cypress Hills Provincial Park is definitely not the Rockies...but that's what makes it special!