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Fire Restrictions Continue...West Block Remains Closed

Due to extreme fire hazards, the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport has issued a restriction on all open fires in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.

Self-contained portable gas heating devices and fire pits, barbecues, pressurized stoves, and charcoal briquettes will be permitted for cooking and heating purposes at park discretion for the duration of the ban.

These restrictions will remain in effect until public notification by the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.

Please contact the park for more information regarding road and trail closures. 306-662-5411.

Travelers and outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to support fire suppression efforts by respecting any road closures, carrying a fire extinguisher in vehicles, and avoiding unnecessary idling. 

Report any fires observed in the park by calling Park Watch toll free at 1-800-667-1788. If a fire appears to be out of control, call 911.

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All trail access in the Centre Block is closed IMMEDIATELY

“All trail access in the Centre Block is closed IMMEDIATELY due to extreme fire hazard.

Only CSA-approved propane stoves are allowed for cooking. NO CHARCOAL BRIQUETTES are allowed to be used in the Park.

Our park is experiencing its highest possible level of fire hazard risk.  Please take these precautions to protect yourself, others, and our beautiful park.”

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WEST BLOCK is closed to the public

Effective immediately Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park WEST BLOCK is closed to the public. The closure includes; Battle Creek Road to Alberta, all activities including camping, horseback riding, hiking, hunting etc…

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total fire ban

“Effective immediately ALL OPEN AIR FIRES are prohibited in the Centre Block, West Block and Cypress Lake Recreation Site.

Propane BBQs, propane fire pits & cooking with charcoal briquettes are permitted.

Please call 306-662-5411 should you have any questions.”

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New Artist-in-Residence Tania Nault is here!

New Artist-in-Residence Tania Nault is here!

Engraver-turned-painter Tania Nault is here in the park, and will be offering workshops on the weekends of July 1st and 2nd, and July 8th and 9th.  Come out to the Artist's Cabin to meet Tania, see some of her work, and learn more about her process!


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Cypress Hills West Block closed for winter

West Block Wilderness Area

The Cypress Hills West Block Wilderness Area on the Saskatchewan side of the interprovincial park is closed between December 20th and May 1st of each year. The main road including Battle Creek Road is not open at this time.

See you in the spring!

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Our August Artist-in-Residence is in the Park!

Artist-in-Residence Geoff Phillips, working on his now-complete mural for the Maple Creek Heritage District (image from

We are pleased to welcome our last Artist-in-Residence for Summer 2016 to the Park:  Geoff Phillips!

The first Artist-in-Residence in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park (Centre Block), SK, Geoff Phillips will once again be here painting and offering weekend workshops at our Artist's Cabin.

Geoff Phillips, born in Lumsden, SK, and now residing in nearby Maple Creek, completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Regina in 2005.  Since then, he has been an artist-in-residence for the Canadian Film Centre's Habitat New Media Lab, and worked independently as a visual artist at the Untitled Art Society and Art Central in Calgary, AB, where he met and married fellow artist Connie (Gibbens) Phillips.  For the last five years Geoff has served as Artist-in-Residence for the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, SK, where he provides art programming for park visitors and residents of Southwest Saskatchewan.  Geoff has also painted large-scale murals for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, the town of Lacombe, AB, and the town of Maple Creek's Heritage District.  Most recently, a piece from Geoff's Cypress Collection titled "Loch Lomond," painted during his residency in the park, has been acquired by the Saskatchewan Arts Board for their permanent collection and is now hanging in the Legislature Building in Regina, SK.  Geoff has also been working on a new series of paintings, called "Plantscapes of the Southwest," which will be featured next fall in a solo show at the Swift Current Art Gallery, Swift Current, SK.

Come by the Artist's Cabin Fridays through Sundays in August, 10:00am to 4:00pm, to see Geoff painting and check out some of his work.  You can also take in a workshop on painting with acrylics on canvas, held every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm.

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Welcome to July's Artist-in-Residence!

Karlie King, mixed-media artist and potter/ceramics artist (image from
 Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Karlie King has also lived and travelled around Canada and the globe.  She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Regina (2003), and a Master of Arts degree from Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (2006).  In 2013/2014, Karlie served as a Cultural Animateur as part of SaskCulture's Culture Days celebrations.  She has received a variety of grants and awards, including a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant (2008-2010), as well as a Saskatchewan Arts Board Indigenous Pathways Initiative Grant (2010).  Karlie's work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including, most recently:  Walking with Our Sisters, First Nations University of Canada, Regina, SK (2013-2014); Allegorical Desktops, Void Gallery, Saskatoon, SK (2013); Around Home, Campbell River Art Gallery, Campbell River, BC (2013); Allegorical Desktops (aka An Education) Estevan Art Gallery, Estevan, SK (August to October, 2014); and PEST, Haida Gwaii Museum & Gallery, Haida Gwaii, BC (April 10 to May 31, 2015). Come drop in at the Artist's Cabin Friday to Monday, 10:00am to 4:00pm, to meet Karlie King and see what she's working on!
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The buoys are out, so bring on the swimmers!

Mike Hust and Layne Forbes, Maintenance staff and self-appointed Loch Leven Coastguards

Our Maintenance crew has been hard at work getting the park ready for the summer, including prepping the pool and the beaches for swimmers and sunbathers.  Mike and Layne had the task of setting out our swimming area buoys (By the way, guys, they look great -- precisely spaced and a perfect semi-circle).  With the beach ready and the pool open, come out for a dip!

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New Artist-in-Residence has arrived!

We are pleased to welcome back Louise Perrin as our second Artist-in-Residence for Summer 2016!  She will be working in the Artist's Cabin from June 14th to June 28th.

Louise Perrin is a mixed-media fibre artist whose work has been exhibited in juried shows, art shows, and galleries at local, national, and international levels.  She's been a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council for her fibre art since 2010, and in 2015 was also juried for her hand-dyed yarns and hand knitting.  Louise's home studio, Skyswept Designs, was started in 2009, the same year she began dying fibre materials, and she hasn't looked back since!  She is particularly known for her snow-dyed scarves, fabrics, and other materials, a process she developed herself.  Louise also offers a wide variety of workshops and classes through her studio.

Check out the Saskatchewan Events calendar for the workshops Louise will be offering on the weekends during her stay, and please drop in to the Artist's Cabin to meet Louise, see her artwork, and learn more about her process!

Note:  Louise is very sensitive to scents, including perfumes, colognes, body lotions, etc.  Please refrain from using scented products before coming to one of her workshops.

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May Long Weekend, Here We Come!

Come out to the Centre Block in Saskatchewan and enjoy events and activities throughout May Long Weekend.  Help us get the summer started with music, art, a guided night-time walk, and astronomy viewing.  Check out our Events calendar for more details!

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