Landscape: One of the most surprising and dramatic landscapes
in Saskatchewan, this region rises up 500 metres (1,625 ft) above
the plains below and features an interesting assortment of flora
and fauna. Tall stands of lodgepole pine, found nowhere else in
the province, predominate in the higher areas with white spruce
and aspen completing the mix. Steep hills and lush, green valleys
are common features. Several small lakes and streams are most picturesque.
bedrock forms prominent cliffs in the Cypress Hills region.
Wildlife: Pronghorn antelope, mule and white-tailed deer
and coyote are common. Moose browse boldly in park areas and there's
an island population of elk in the region. Prominent birds include
the Golden Eagle, trumpeter swan, yellow-rumped warbler, MacGillivray's
warbler, dusky flycatcher and Townsend's solitaire.
Fish: Streams are stocked with brook and brown trout, and
small Loch Leven lake in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is stocked
with rainbow trout. Fishing Guide
Recreation: Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park offers a
wide array of recreational opportunities, including horse-back riding,
bicycle paths, swimming (lake or modern pool), golf and miniature
golf, nature hikes, as well as cross-country and downhill skiing
Nearby Fort Walsh offers an enlightening tour of an early RCMP fort,
with period-costumed interpreters. Eastend, in the fossil-rich Frenchman
River Valley, is dinosaur country. "Scotty", one of the most complete
Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons ever discovered, was unearthed here. Tour
quarries, participate in fossil hunts and tour the wonderful new T-Rex Discovery Centre
elevation and cooler temperatures promote lush forest vegetation
in this beautiful setting.
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