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Conglomerate Cliffs, Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan, Canada

Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Douglas E. Walker

Cypress Hills are ruggedly beautiful with large forests, deep valleys and slow moving streams. A giant plateau once surrounded by glaciers, Cypress Hills are the highest point of land in Saskatchewan and an oasis in the midst of the prairie.

The area has a rich and colourful history which predates the formation of the province and the founding of the territories. It has always been known as a gathering place, and for centuries, people have camped in these hills. It has also been said the valleys contain hidden secrets, and if you listen closely, they can be heard through the whisper of the lodgepole pine.

Today, you can camp in the same hills, fly fish the streams, hike new trails and zipline through the trees. The park is home to rare wild flowers, 220 species of birds and 47 mammal species including moose, elk, deer and antelope.

MUST SEE ATTRACTIONS:  T. rex Discovery Centre, Fort Walsh National Historic Site, Jasper Cultural & Historical Centre, and the Old Man On His Back Prairie Heritage Conservation Area.

IF YOU GO: The Centre Block of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is located 27 km south of Maple Creek, 130 km east of Medicine Hat, and 156 km southwest of Swift Current.  Surrounding communities include Consul, Frontier, Eastend and Shaunavon.

BOOKS:
“A Country Boy” by R. D. Symons
“A Geography of Blood” by Candace Savage
“Wolf Willow” by Wallace Stegner

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