Southwest Saskatchewan is brimming with activities and attractions to keep visitors busy and entertained. Tourism Saskatchewan and the Cypress Hills Destination Area websites are great guides to everything this area has to offer. Here are some of the highlights.
Only a kilometer from Ghostown Blues, the town of Maple Creek has a wide range of attractions, services, and events. First established in 1882 by a construction crew building the Canadian Pacific Railway, Maple Creek quickly became the center of a large area of farmers and ranchers. Maple Creek is proud of its 'cowtown' heritage and maintains its atmosphere as a ranching community, where the past is present. Maple Creek's historical main street has two museums, boutiques, and the best dining between Calgary and Regina. Grocery stores, a pharmacy and camping supplies can also be found in Maple Creek.
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
A forest oasis surrounded by the Great Plains, first-time visitors to Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park are surprised to find Lodgepole Pine forests and rugged mountain-like terrain. The park is comprised of two parts, with Ghostown Blues positioned at the crossroads between them. The Center Block has a lively cottage community with modern amenities like a swimming pool and golf course, as well as well-established hiking trails, fishing, and countless events to keep your family busy all day. The less-developed West Block offers kilometers of trails, secluded getaways, and more great fishing for a day away from crowds. Fort Walsh National Historic Site, birthplace of the Northwest Mounted Police, can also be found in the West Block.
Cypress Hills Vineyard & Winery
Less than 20 kilometers away, on the highway to Cypress Hills West Block, you can find Cypress Hills Vineyard & Winery Saskatchewan's first commercial vineyard and winery. Since opening in 2007 Cypress Hills Vineyard & Winery has won awards as a tourist hotspot and is a testament to this community’s originality. Taste the ten wines made on-site, and tour the vineyard before coming home to enjoy a bottle of Cypress Hills wine as the sun sets over the patio at Ghostown Blues. (Hours Tuesday to Saturday 10.30 - 5pm / Sunday noon - 5pm/ closed Mondays)
T. Rex Discovery Centre
The area around the town of Eastend, south of the Cypress Hills, is known as 'Dino Country' and is rich with natural history and dinosaur fossils. The T. Rex Discovery Centre is home to Scotty, a rare, nearly complete skeleton of a Tyranesaurous Rex, as well as many other exhibits of the prehistoric world. The Discovery Centre is perfect for the whole family and often holds 'Dino Day Camps' for kids.