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Elkwater Lake Lodge & Resort | About Cypress Hills

Come visit the Cypress Hills, a unique place where moose, elk, deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife range freely over an astonishing alpine environment missed by the glaciers of a lost time.

cypress-hillsCypress Hills Interprovincial Park is the first and only interprovincial park in Canada, and consists of 2,500 square kilometres. The park offers picturesque summers and a winter wonderland. There are over 250,000 tourists who visit the park each year.

For visitors, the steep rises, lush valleys and pine-scented breezes lend a mountain air to this prairie island. Four distinct habitats and a climate more moderate than the prairies make this a park exceptionally rich in plant and animal life. Eighteen species of orchids are among the more than 700 species of plants that thrive here.

Approximately 35 minutes south-east of Medicine Hat, the Cypress Hills are a year-round recreational area, consisting of a golf course, a marina and 6 pristine lakes, all within 20 minutes of the Elkwater townsite. The region boasts great fly-fishing, skiing and hiking. The Cypress Hills are also the highest point in Canada between the Rockies and Labrador.

Townsite of Elkwater

Situated in the Cypress Hills, the townsite of Elkwater is Southern Alberta's best kept secret. The town site of Elkwater is quietly nestled in the Cypress Hills and serves as a hub of commerce for those enjoying the Alberta side of the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.

At an elevation of 4,048 feet, both of the townsites of Elkwater and Banff share the same elevation.


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We are located in the SE corner of Alberta, on the Alberta side of Cypress Hills Inter-Provincial...
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Coming From Medicine Hat:

Drive about 30 km east on HWY #1 (Trans Canada Highway) and then turn right (South) onto...
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Coming From Saskatchewan:

Drive west on HWY #1 (Trans Canada Highway) into Alberta, and then 4km past "Irvine"...
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