This Region is in Southeast Alberta and includes EXTRAordinary Cypress Hills Inter-Provincial Park, a 350 square kilometer oasis of high altitude, tree covered hills, filled with abundant wildlife.
The largest of communities in the Region is the City of Medicine Hat, the ‘Sunniest City’ in Canada and home of the world’s ‘tallest teepee’. Just 30 minutes southeast of Medicine Hat, is the resort town of Elkwater, located within the Cypress Hills and very popular for its outdoor activities including hiking, boating, swimming, cycling, fishing and camping. Winter activities include snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing.
From Medicine Hat, you can take the Crowsnest Trail west to Lethbridge through to the Crowsnest Pass, or, take the Buffalo Trail north to Central Alberta’s Lake Country. The Trans-Canada highway will take you from Medicine Hat to Calgary and on to Banff. Pronghorn antelope, wild horses (if you are lucky) and mule deer can be see along the wide-open grasslands on the TransCanada.
About one-hour northwest of Medicine Hat is a ‘hidden gem’, the City of Brooks.
About 30 mminutes northeast of Brooks is Dinosaur Provincial Park, located in the beautiful Red Deer River Valley and location of some of the world’s richest dinosaur bone grounds. The Park includes a learning centre, museum, tours, trail and campgrounds. Lots to explore!
Just, twenty minutes south of Brooks is Kinbrook Island Provincial Park on the shores of Lake Newell. This Park is another oasis and a perfect place to enjoy camping, swimming, boating, sailing, fishing and ‘soaking up the rays’. Lake Newell is one of dozens of large lakes created to store water for irrigation.
Also, near Brooks are the Brooks Aqueducts where you can learn about the irrigation and agricultural history of arid southern Alberta.
Your Alberta Tourism Team
PS - Alberta’s largest Northern Pike have been caught at Lake Newell with great opportunities to catch fish, even off shore.