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Elkwater Lake Lodge & Resort | Year Round Activities

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Work on the ole' Golf Swing

The Elkwater Golf Club (403-893-2167) is only 15 minutes from the Elkwater Lake Lodge, and is a beautiful 9-hole, grass-greened golf course with a putting green and driving range.

The course is set in a beautiful mixed boreal forest and more often than not, golfers, deer, turkeys, and elk have no problem sharing the fairways!



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Catch the Big One

Elkwater Lake Lodge serves as a hub to 6 area lakes that are schooling with pike, perch, rainbow trout, and brook trout.

There is some great shore, fly, trolling, and ice fishing for your year round enjoyment.

The Cypress Hills region provides a perfect habitat for a variety of healthy massive, hard fighting fish.


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Attend an Interpretive Program


Throughout the summer, the staff from the Cypress Hills Interpretive Centre put on programs that involve hiking to some of the dramatic scenes and natural areas outside of town.


They also put on music festivals and drama presentations for families that explain everything from the natural and scientific world around the park, to history of the illegal whiskey trade that once ran through these parts.


Every day there is something exciting happening at the Visitor Centre. For information, call the Visitor Centre at (403) 893-3833.


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Experience the Trails

The Alberta side of the Cypress Hills Interprovincial park boasts over 40 km of bear-free hiking, and mountain-biking, as well as 20 km of x-country skiing and snow shoeing.

Most of these trails have access within a 15 minute walk from the Elkwater Lake Lodge and Resort and many of them are loops, so the trail begins and ends very close to your room or cabin here.

Ask at the front desk for hiking or ski map. Bikes, skis and snow shoes can be rented in Elkwater.


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Check Out the Night Sky

The night sky around Elkwater is one of the darkest skies in North America.

In fact, in the summer of 2004, the park was officially recognized as a Dark Sky preserve.

What this means is awesome star-gazing. If the conditions are right, the sky is also a canvas for some of the most southerly Northern lights in the world.

Click here to find out the local astronomical observing conditions.


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Flora Gazing

The Cypress Hills are home to several species of orchids and other botanical treats that are found nowhere else on planet earth.

As a matter of fact, 20% of the 720 different plant species are considered rare and unique. Eighteen species of orchids are among the more than 700 species of plants that thrive here.

When the last ice age finished, our hills were left totally untouched. This allowed for wonders of nature like rare flowers to grow.


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World-Class Birding

In the last year people from over a dozen countries have stayed in our Lodge with the sole purpose to watch some of our fascinating local birds.

The unique combination of lakes, grasslands, and forests around Elkwater offer hundreds of species of waterfowl, bats, songbirds, and the illusive poor-will.

We invite you to learn more about one of the many remarkable birds in the region, the Mountain Bluebird.


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Catch a Festival or Movie

Throughout the summer months the Elkwater Community Association puts on outdoor films each weekend. These are free and are a unique experience as you can enjoy both the stars on the screen and the stars overhead.


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Each Autumn, the area around Cypress Hills goes back to its historical roots.

Hunters come from far and wide in hopes of taking home one of the many trophy elk, pronghorn antelope, mule and whitetail deer, pheasants, sharp tail grouse and Hungarian partridge that roams the fields and plains in the area.

Contact Alberta Fish and Wildlife about their automated hunting licensing system.


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Sit on the Beach or Just Relax

In the summer, the most popular areas in Elkwater are the beaches that are situated along Elkwater Lake.

Of course if you want to take a break from all of the activities Elkwater offers, just find yourself one of the many benches on the lake shore and get lost in a book or just daydream.

Ask our staff at Elkwater Lake Lodge about other relaxing opportunities.


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Water Sports

On the main lake in Cypress Hills Park (Elkwater Lake) boating, jet skiing, waterskiing, and wakeboarding are extremely popular in the hot months of June, July, and August.

Boating and other watersports in Cypress Hills Park is a great way to spend quality time with the family on your next family vacation.

There are some breathtakingly beautiful views surrounding all of the region's lakes.


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Casual Drives

The front desk staff at the Elkwater Lake Lodge are excited to give you a map of the area and point out the plethora of great drives in the countryside to spot elk, moose, deer, rare birds, wildflowers, and breathtaking landscapes.

Enjoy the drive, and take in the spectacular sunsets throughout Cypress Hills Park.


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Go Downhill - Fast!

The Hidden Valley Ski Area is a 5 minute drive from the Lodge and has 14 ski runs, 200 meters of vertical drop, a quad chair, and a t-bar lift.

Hidden Valley is known for its consistent snow conditions, great facilities and friendly people. The trails are diverse, offering gentle slopes for beginners, cruising terrain for intermediates and more challenging runs for experts.

The snowboard park waits to challenge all levels of experienced snowboarders. The hill averages over 2 meters of snow each year and also has snow-making capabilities to provide skiers with an enjoyable day on the slopes, even when the odd Chinook blows in! The hill has also been known to provide some great downhill action for mountain bikers in the summer.



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Enjoy Some Snowshoeing

There isn't any better way to begin snowshoeing than just going and doing it. The sport is easy to learn for the whole family, virtually inexpensive (compared to other winter sports) and is a great way to exert energy during the cold winter months.

Rentals are available at the Hidden Valley Ski Hill and Visitor Centre.




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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