The Cypress Hills rise gently, climbing 600 metres above the surrounding prairies. The Hills have a unique climate and mix of forests, wetlands and grasslands. This high plateau is home to an astonishing diversity of plants and animals.
Most facilities in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park-Alberta are concentrated along the south shore of Elkwater Lake in the Elkwater townsite. The year-round Visitor Centre is located in Elkwater, as are many special facilities. There are several campgrounds in the park plus nearby accommodation and attractions. Lakes and trails and watchable wildlife offer lots of great recreational opportunities.