Cypress Hills really is one of Saskatchewan’s many gems. I grew up camping here almost every year with my family, therefore it does hold a very special place in my heart. Now that I have my own little family we continue to go almost yearly and our girls look forward to it as much as we do. There is just so much to see and do! Here are a few reasons why we love it so much…
The Leisure Pool! It really is a beautiful outdoor pool and on a hot summer day there’s no better place to be. It’s very well kept and there is plenty of room to park all your towels, snacks and whatever else you need for an afternoon at the pool. If you just want to hang out and watch the kids, there are lots of trees to grab a spot in the shade and enjoy the view that overlooks the lake. There’s also a large indoor hot tub if you do need to warm up and if you plan on staying awhile you can even look into signing the kids up for swimming lessons!
Paddle boats! After spending some time at the beach, visit the marina right beside and rent a paddle boat, canoe, kayak, paddle board… just about anything non motorized that floats!
We love mini golf and this is always a fun one. Lots of fun little statues and obstacles along the way which are nicely integrated into this 18 hole course. (There is also a full golf course for those who prefer!)
Ice cream is pretty much always a must when we’re camping and Cypress Hills has not one, but TWO ice cream shops! One at the bottom of the park near the pool and lake, another closer to the campgrounds at the top right beside the Mini Golf. So whatever you are up to, there is ice cream nearby! Hint… you have to try the Toasted Coconut Dipped Cone. It’s my favourite!
Treeosix Adventure Park! This attraction is fairly new to Cypress Hills. It opened in 2010 and they have been soaring in popularity ever since, even winning several industry awards over the past years. We decided that this year we would give it a go and so we went ahead and booked the Zipline Tour. Now, I am a nervous mommy at times and I do not like heights. A detail I somehow forgot about as I was booking the tour while in the safety of my own home with my feet firmly planted on the ground! As we got our harnesses all strapped on and we walked up towards the very, very tall rope ladder, I began to wonder what in the world was I thinking!! But of course the kids had no fear so off they went ahead of me and then I had no choice but to follow. And I was so glad I did! It was an amazing experience, we had SO much fun, and I was proud of all of us (particularly me!) for doing it. Our guides were amazing, made us feel very safe, even humouring me when I made them promise me over and over each time that I was in fact hooked up and clear to continue onto the next line! They were great with the kids as well, teasing them and ensuring that they were having a great time. Another bonus is that the guides take pictures all along the way and then email them to you immediately after your tour. This is included in the price which I thought was a really nice touch and of course it’s nice not to have to worry about carrying your camera with you. There are so many other activities at the adventure park to take in, be sure to check out their website for more info. Next time we will be doing the High Ropes Course!
If you like hiking there’s no shortage of beautiful trails to wander. You can do some Geocaching along the way or if you’re in the mood for just a short walk, you can opt for a leisurely stroll around the lake and enjoy the sights that way as well!
Another interesting spot to check out is the Observatory. In 2004, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park became designated as a Dark-Sky Preserve and is the first park in North America to be recognized as such. So if you enjoy star gazing, this is the place to be!! When we last visited we got to view the full moon through the telescope, it was amazing!!
Another activity we love is the Horseback Riding. It’s about an hour long trail ride with some pretty views of the prairies! We recommend going on a slightly cooler day, if it’s hot out you’ll be mostly in full sun the entire time.
And if you STILL need more to do, another idea is to visit Fort Walsh National Historic Site. If you are collecting “Red Chair” pictures, there are some located here! Also if you are in the area on August 5th, 2017 they are having a Wild West Trades Day which sounds like a lot of fun!
Hope you enjoyed this post! If you haven’t done so already be sure to download your Camping Passport App so that you can keep track of your camping trips and take note of what you liked or would do differently next time! For Cypress Hills this year we were in the Meadows which we love for the play park and the awesome large shower house but it’s been years since we camped in Warlodge and will try to get a spot there next time! You can download the app on the App Store and Google Play. Otherwise be sure to follow along on our adventures on Facebook and Instagram @campingpassport