Cypress Hills LocationThere is so many things to do at Cypress Hills – we didn’t even begin to scratch the surface with our visit!
What You'll Find in This Post
- Things to Do in Cypress Hills
- 1. Cypress Hills Eco Adventures – Zip lining & Rock Climbing
- 2. Mini-Golf
- 3. Cypress Hills Pool
- 4. Hiking, Interpretive Paths & Lookout Points
- 5. Ice Cream & Food
- 6. Horseback Riding Cypress Hills
- 7. Geocaching
- 8. Lake Activities
- 9. Star Gazing
- 10. Maple Creek Bakery & Farmers Market
- 11. Grottos Garden
- 12. Trex Discovery Centre
- 13. Fort Walsh
- Places to Stay in Cypress Hills:
Things to Do in Cypress Hills
Located in Cypress Hills Park
1. Cypress Hills Eco Adventures – Zip lining & Rock ClimbingEco Adventures Cypress Hills – Our kids loved the rock-climbing and Sofia (4 yrs) had fun with the mini-zip line! Luca (6 yrs) made the best of being “in-between” the mini-zips size and BIG zip ( 2 lbs shy of being able to go… and a little scared). Jamie and I opted not to go on the BIG zip line and save if for another time when we could all do it together. But, Luca did love to try out the slacklines and practice his balance.
2. Mini-GolfWith some rainy and cooler weather, this was the perfect activity to keep the kids busy and out of the mud!
3. Cypress Hills PoolYou can never go wrong with kids and swimming pools! Be sure to check the listing and times for family swim, as they generally have kids swim classes held over the summer months.
4. Hiking, Interpretive Paths & Lookout PointsThroughout the park there are well-marked paths for you to explore. Go to the main entrance for information and details on distance and difficulty before venturing off. I printed off a scavenger hunt for something to keep the kids focused on the Woodlands Trail and Windfall Interpretive Trail. We also had a picnic supper at Bald Butte and watched the sunset – highly recommend! There are many options for all level for a Cypress Hill climb.
5. Ice Cream & FoodIf you aren’t camping or making your own food, there are a few good spots in the park to cool down with an ice cream and grab some food (pizza, burgers, fries, chicken strips, etc).
6. Horseback Riding Cypress HillsWe didn’t go horseback riding this trip, but all the details are on the parks website. It is one of the best Cypress Hills activities since you constantly see people riding horses along the paths
7. GeocachingAnother activity that we love to do when we hike or adventure is Geocaching, lots of fun to go searching for treasure on hikes.
8. Lake ActivitiesThere is a small lake by the main entrance of the park. There is a rental shop located directly beside the beach for paddle boats, paddle boarding, kayak, canoe, etc. This lake doesn’t allow for motorized boats (I think maybe the occasionally 5HP boat). You can fish in the lake, but make sure to go get your fishing license at the information booth.
9. Star GazingThe stars and night sky are incredible in this area. There is a special section of the campground that is meant for no-light camping for those to enjoy the evening sky. I think there are information sessions and camping related just to night photography and star-gazing! An interesting concept, maybe next time we go I will check it out.
Places to Explore Close By
10. Maple Creek Bakery & Farmers MarketTake a drive into Maple Creek and enjoy fresh baking and time it with the farmers market where local vendors come from around the area to sell vegetables, baking, jams and homemade goods. Yum!
11. Grottos GardenGrottos Garden – Located just outside Maple Creek, this is a great stop for the kids. They have goats and chickens for the kids to pet and interact with. Watch the Goat Walk and feed the goats! Kids loved it. Grad yourself a coffee, baking goods or treat before you leave!
12. Trex Discovery CentreTRex Discovery Centre (located in Eastend) – Go see where “Scotty” the TRex that was discovered in the hillside among this town. There is a great display of dinosaur artifacts and guides will give you tours of the facility. Pack yourself a lunch and enjoy the views as you imagine dinosaurs roaming the hills. Cypress Hills also has tours where you can hop on a bus for a small fee and they will drive you to the facility – check Cypress Hillls website for details if you are interested in this option.
13. Fort WalshFort Walsh – Is a National Historic site in Canada that was a North-West Mounted Police (RCMP) fort and the site of the Cypress Hills Massacre. It is about a 45 minute drive through a very picturesque part of the region, hair-pin turns and cattle crossing the roads will give you some interesting things to check out on the way. The national park also has the Xplorers Program, which helps guide the kids through activities in the Fort and things to ask and learn about. A great tool to help them learn and a little prize at the end after we have completed. We had a very rainy day driving there, but had the Fort to ourselves as the clouds disappeared just long enough for us to explore.
Places to Stay in Cypress Hills:
- Cypress Hills Resort – The Resort at Cypress Hills is the only place located in the park and we stayed here for 2 nights in a basic hotel room. Clean, comfortable, wi-fi and a restaurant in the lobby. They do offer cabins with multiple rooms for larger groups. Location is fantastic!
- Cypress Hills Camping – For tenting or trailer use the Saskatchewan Parks website for bookings at Cypress Hill. We stayed, by luck, in the Warlodge area. This area had an awesome play structure in the middle for the kids to play on and meet other camping friends. Don’t forget to print out our Camping with Kids Checklist!
- Ghosttown Blues – If you are looking for a unique place to stay this is it! I tried to book this place and it was completely booked up for a wedding. This would be an amazing experience to sleep in restored chuck wagons, historic buildings and structures. Next time we go, we are booking here just for the experience!
- You can also stay in Maple Creek which is close by. You can check out the options for hotels here.