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5th Annual Elkwater Winter Festival

5th Annual Elkwater Winter Festival





11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Come out to beautiful Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park and take in a FREE, fun filled day with the family!

There will be numerous outdoor and indoor activities taking place thru out the day, such as a horse drawn sleigh ride, cross country ski lessons and snowshoeing!

Enjoy cocoa and cookies and take a peek at the digital Star Lab or watch a chain saw carving demo all at the Learning Centre. 

There will be a Craft Market at the Elkwater Community Hall with free face painting & popcorn.  

A snowman building contest at the Camp Cookhouse & General Store and pop into the 12-34 Cafe for cookie decorating.

Make sure to stop by the Elkwater Lake Lodge for a whole lot of fun and games!  

Hidden Valley is offering $25 discovery lessons for ages 9+ as part of the Winter festival. You can register for 9:30am or 11am lessons by going to and clicking on the Never Ever Days


Maps & signage available to direct you to all the activities.

For more information call 403-504-3202

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Christmas Tree Cutting in Cypress Hills Starts Dec 1st!

Xmas Tree Cutting

Continue the family tradition! Cut your own Christmas tree in the snow-covered Cypress Hills!

A permit is required to cut a Christmas tree.  Starting Dec 1st, permits are available from the Visitor Centre, open Wednesday to Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm (Closed Monday & Tuesday).

Permits are free but donations are accepted to support providing opportunities to enjoy your park (toboggans, skating trail, luge, equipment rentals).

Things to keep in mind:

  1. Cutting is only allowed in designated area.
  2. Vehicles must stay on roads at all times.
  3. Cut tree with hand saw or axe. Power equipment is not permitted.
  4. Tree(s) should be cut flush with the ground.
  5. Trees cannot be cut in the Elkwater townsite, near park facilities or along Highway 41.
  6. Keep your permit with you at all times while cutting and transporting trees.
  7. Display your permit to Park staff on request.
  8. You can cut up to three trees (if required) per permit.
  9. Roads are subject to winter closures, pending weather conditions.  Please call the Visitor Centre before driving to the park.

Useful reminders when cutting Christmas trees

  • Be prepared for cold weather and snow conditions.
  • Don’t forget your saw or axe!
  • Have extra clothing and emergency supplies with you.
  • Please respect the park, respect other users and pack out all trash.
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Bullshead Reservoir: Blue-Green Algae Advisory

  • A blue-green algae bloom has been identified at Bulls Head Reservoir in Cypress Hills Provincial Park. 
  • General precautions:
    • Avoid all contact with blue green algae blooms.  If contact occurs, wash with tap water ASAP.
    • Do not swim or wade in any areas where blue-green algae is visible.  
    • Do not allow your pets to swim or wade in these areas or to eat fish or fish trimmings from the lake.
    • Consider limiting human consumption of fish from the lake.
  • For detailed information, go to Alberta Health Services Blue Green Algae Advisory Information.
  • Blue-green algae bloom advisories are issued and rescinded by Alberta Health Services.  Typically, advisories are lifted in late autumn, when water temperatures are so cool that blue green algae growth is no longer supported. 
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Join us to Celebrate Parks Day, Saturday July 21!

Spend the day in beautiful Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park - Alberta Saturday July 21 and celebrate Parks Day!

For a full schedule of events and activities CLICK HERE 

Parks Day Poster 2018

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Explore the Milk River Natural Area this Summer!

Travel Through 85 Million Years of Geological Time on this Awesome Expedition!

Milk River Natural Area Expedition 2018

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