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Celebrate this Holiday Season Outdoors at Cypress Hills!

Celebrate this Holiday Season Outdoors at Cypress Hills!

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Looking for a fun-filled way to celebrate the holidays this year?

Plan a visit to Cypress Hills Provincial Park, where there is no shortage of outdoor winter fun!

-Glide along the 1.5km skating trail

-Slide down the toboggan hill or man-made luge at the Learning Centre

-Strap on some snowshoes and trek through our vast network of trails

-Get some exercise while cross country skiing the Spring Creek trail network


The Learning Centre

Open daily from Dec 24 - Jan 8; 10am - 5pm (closed Dec 25 and Jan 1).

Borrow one of our toboggans available free of charge and warm up with some hot chocolate on us after a day out in the cold.

The Visitor Centre

Open daily Dec 22 - Jan 8 ; 10am - 5pm (closed Dec 24, 25 & Jan 1).  

Don't have your own gear? Not to worry, we've got you covered with hockey skate, cross country ski and snowshoe rentals available at the Visitor Centre. Equipment is first come first serve and can not be reserved. For pricing, please contact the Visitor Centre at 403-893-3833.


For more information on winter recreation in Cypress Hills click here











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Why not cut your own Christmas tree this year?

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 2nd, permits are available from the Visitor Centre, open Wednesday to Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Permits are free but donations are accepted to support providing opportunities to enjoy your park (like the skating trail, 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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Cypress Hills Visitor Centre - Fall/Winter Hours

As we head into the winter season, please be advised that our Visitor Centre Hours will be changing.

As of October 10th, the Visitor Centre in Elkwater will be open Wednesday - Sunday 10:a00am - 5:00pm; Closed Monday & Tuesday. 

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Hidden Valley Ski Resort - Season Passes on Sale Now!

Snow is on the way! Get your Season Pass for Hidden Valley Ski Resort and spend your winter on the slopes in Cypress HIlls PP. Early bird pricing for limited time only!
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Reesor Lake Road Paving Repairs and Overlay: Sept 6 - Oct 31

Advisory: Reesor Lake Road Pavement Repairs and Overlay

These works are scheduled to start September 6 with a completion date of October 31st.  This project starts just past the Reesor Lake Road viewpoint and continues all the way to the end of the existing asphalt at the east end of the lake.  During active construction activities the road will be closed and a detour route will be set up (refer to detour map below).

Access to Battle Creek Campground and Reesor Lake campground will remain available either via Reesor Lake Road or via the detour route during active construction. Please be advised that the detour route is gravel, not paved. 

Access to Reesor Lake Dock and boat launch may be restricted during active construction activites. Access will be made available when possible. 

All inquiries can be directed to the Visitor Centre at 403-893-3833.



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