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Visitor Centres

Alberta

Alberta

8304 Hwy 41, Cypress County, AB, CANADA T0J 1C0

Visitor Centre: 403-893-3833

Located in the townsite of Elkwater, along the lake. Visitor Centre approximately 2.0km from Hwy #41 turnoff, beside Camp Cookhouse and General Store, just past the marina and beach.

Visitor Centre Hours:

Monday & Tuesday - Closed   

Wednesday to Sunday - 11:00am - 4:00pm 

Campground Booth Hours:   

Saturday to Wednesday -  9:00am - 4:30pm

Thursday & Friday - 9:00am - 8:30pm 

Boat & Bike Hours: Closed                                                                                                                                                                 

 Campground, Comfort Camping and Group Camp

Reservations: 1-877-537-2757 or www.Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca

 

 

 

  • Saskatchewan

    Saskatchewan

    Box 850, Maple Creek, SK, CANADA S0N 1N0
    Park Administration Office -year round - (306) 662-5411

    Visitor Centre – open May long weekend to September long weekend; Displays and exhibits, Family activity room.
    Amphitheatre - interpretive programs, special events. Private rentals for weddings Observatory - public viewing and programs.


    Private bookings available by calling (306) 662-5411
    Email us at cypresshills@gov.sk.ca
    or visit the Government of Saskatchewan website.

    Park Office (year round) (306) 662-5411;
    fax (306) 662-5482

    Campground Online Reservations - www.saskparks.net/Reserve-A-site Toll-free
    Campground Reservasion Line: 1-855-737-7275
  • Fort Walsh National Historic Site

    Fort Walsh National Historic Site

    Visitor Centre open Victoria Day weekend to September 30

    Hours of Operation;
    9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
    Victoria Day Weekend to June 30, Tuesday to Saturday
    July 01 to September 01, open daily
    September 02 to September 30, Tuesday to Saturday


    Email us at fort.walsh@pc.gc.ca or visit the Fort Walsh official site at www.parkscanada.ca/walsh

    Administration Office: (306) 662-2645; From Oct 01 to May 01
    fax: (306) 662-2711

    Historic Site: (306) 662-3590; From May 01 to Sept 30

    Service en français Pendant les heures d'ouverture, un préposé francophone à l'information est à votre disposition.

Hiking

Hiking

An extensive network of trails is present in both the Centre and West Blocks of the park. Twenty-seven kilometres of trails in the Centre Block provide the opportunity for visitors to hike or mountain bike. For the seasoned hiker, the Trans Canada Trail TCT transects the park. In the Centre Block, this trail covers over 16 km of rugged country-side, and challenges the fittest of outdoorsman. Be prepared for this one. It is worth the effort.

In the West Block, the TCT is also most difficult, but offers unparalleled views of this wilderness block of the park. The Hidden Conglomerates in the West Block are a must-see and are only accessible by taking this trail. The West Block trail is shared between hikers, equestrian riders and the occasional mountain biker.

The Centre Block also offers self-guided nature trails with interpretive signage. These trails range from 1 kilometre to 2 kilometres in length and take in the variety of ecosystems and scenic vistas within the park. Experiencing the lodgepole pine forest, fescue grasslands and secret streams of the Cypress Hills is an anomaly on the prairies so be sure to take your hiking shoes. Nature trails are not open to biking.

Be sure to check out the trails / maps for trail type listings and locations.

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