West Block, Cypress Hills, SK
Take a tour of one of these wonderful attractions located within the Cypress Hills Destination. (For Kayaking and Ziplining Canopy Tours see “Adventure” and for Interpretive Guided Tours operated by our Parks see “Interpretive Programming”)
Fort Walsh National Historic Site
Hours of Operation
Open 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
May 21 – June 30 Tuesday to Saturday
July 1 – September 5 Daily
September 6 – September 30 Tuesday to Saturday
Admission: (Note: To Celebrate Canada’s 150th – Admission to all National Parks and National Historic Sites is FREE for 2017*).
Senior: $ 8.30
Commercial Group, per person $8.30
School Groups, per student: $2.90*
School Groups, Entry and a Heritage Presentation Special Program, per student: $3.90*
(*Please contact the Fort Walsh office directly for their 2017 school groups Special Tour rates)
Guided group tours are available by pre-arrangement, as well as regularly scheduled tours that take place throughout the day. Tours of Fort Walsh create an experience of what life was like in the 1880’s for the North West Mounted Police. Interpreters dressed in period costume will relate the reasons and events of the coming of the North West Mounted Police and the taming of the western Canadian frontier. You might be lucky enough to witness the firing of the nine pound field rifle built in 1875 or see a Victorian era rifle drill.
As you are guided through the fort’s historic buildings you will feel like you have stepped back in time.
Learn about the men who forged the law and order for the Canadian West, the outlaws, the whiskey traders and the first nations people that make our Canada such a diverse and dynamic country.
It all happened in the Cypress Hills:
– A bloody battle, the Cypress Hills Massacre, acts as a catalyst in bringing the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) out West… – “Fort Walsh would quickly become the most important, largest and most heavily armed fort the North West Mounted Police garrisoned during their early years in the West.” – Fort Walsh NHSC website
Currently offering two distinct tours of the East Block of Grasslands National Park, Mankota tours offers both half day and full day options with Resident Guide, Neil N. Deringer.
Allowing for frequent stops to take pictures of the scenery, tours can be booked privately or in groups (*Note: Tour bus can be scheduled for your group tour through Mankota Tours).
Half Day Tours are approximately 4 hours. This tour includes sites around Manktoa.
Full Day Tours are approximately 8 hours. This tour includes light lunches and in addition to the Mankota sites, this tour also explores East End of the West Block.
Both Veteran and Family rates are available. Please contact Mankota Tours for any inquiries or bookings you may have.
T.Rex Discovery Centre
Hours of Operation: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Open seasonally – Victoria Day long weekend to Labour Day .
Get your family off of the regular route and enjoy a prehistoric adventure at this remarkable museum, complete with a working research laboratory, operated by the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.”
Located in the Town of Eastend, a little treasure nestled into the eastern portion of the Cypress Hills, the T.Rex Discovery Centre is located within one of North America’s richest fossil deposit areas, and is home to Canada’s largest and most complete T. rex, Scotty.
Distance from major locations: 115 km from Maple Creek (south of the #1 Highway); 140 km from Swift Current; and 100 km from the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.
Admission by donation. Suggested donation is $5/ Adult, $2/ Child, $10/Family. For more information on what to expect of a visit to the T.Rex Discovery Centre click HERE.
Cowtown Culinary Food Tour
Maple Creek, SK
Designed for the adult members of your family group, explore the history of Maple Creek, with an interactive tour that makes stops at five local restaurants, featuring the area’s top-notch chefs.
p. 306.662.4005 (Maple Creek Visitor Centre).
A number of outstanding professional chefs have made Maple Creek their home, and as a result the Old Cowtown of Maple Creek offers incredible dining experiences to our residents and our visitors.
The Cowtown Culinary Tour visits each of these chefs in their resturants one by one as a part of a guided walking tour of the Maple Creek Heritage District. At each stop, our Chefs provide you with a sampling of Maple Creek’s culinary best!
You will spend approximately 20 minutes with each chef sampling their dishes, learning about their approach, and hearing the unique stories of their individual establishments.
As the tour moves from stop to stop your guide will also provide you with insights on the colourful western heritage of the Old Cowtown of Maple Creek.
Contact the Maple Creek Visitor Centre to join in on one of the regularly scheduled tours, or let them organize one specifically for your family or group.
Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre
Tour the GCHCC natural history collection which features mammal and bird specimens common to southwest Saskatchewan. The natural history collection was the focus of the Museum during its early years and continues to appeal to tourists and local residents alike. Many of the specimens date back to the origins of the museum in the 1930’s, and are displayed in a diorama depicting the natural habitat of the species on display.
While visiting the GCHCC you can also tour their early settlement collection which features artifacts significant to Shaunavon’s history. Permanent exhibits include The Crystal Bakery, Agriculture, One-Room Schoolhouse, Everett Baker, Communication, Illerbrun Church, Textiles, Home Life, Work Life, Early Policing and General Store.
A photographic exhibit entitled, “Why Here”, highlights the establishment of Shaunavon in 1913. From bald prairie to town status in less than six months, earning Shaunavon the title of “Boomtown.”
Contact the Director of the GCHCC to arrange group tours.
SW Oldtimers Museum
Maple Creek, SK
Maple Creek, SK
Operating Season & Hours:
- W.R. Orr Building: Year-Round Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm (Summer: Monday to Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm).
- 1935 Log Museum: Undergoing Restoration. (Note: All artifacts are currently housed and displayed in the C.M. Glascock Building until such time as the newly built Log Museum opens for operation).
- C.M. Glascock Building: Victoria Day long weekend to end of August – Tuesday to Saturday – 9:00am to 5:30pm.
Established in 1926, the S.W. Sask. Oldtimers’ Museum was formed to commemorate the Cypress Hills’ frontier period.
Today, the S.W. Sask. Oldtimers’ Museum serves as the steward of three Municipal Heritage Properties within the Maple Creek Heritage District: The W.R. Orr Building at 114 Jasper Street (1910 Union Bank of Canada Building now housing the Visitor Centre, heritage law office exhibit, & archive), the 1935 Log Museum at 218 Jasper Street, and the C.M. Glascock Building at 222 Jasper Street (1909 – 2009 automobile dealership building now serving as a temporary exhibit hall, art gallery, & gift-shop).
Guided tours of the C.M. Glascock Building and Walking Tours of the Historic Maple Creek Downtown can be arranged by calling the Maple Creek Visitor Centre 306.662.4005. (Note: A Historic Walking Tour is also available as part of the Cowtown Culinary Food Tour).
The Town of Gull Lake Museum
Gull Lake, SK
p. (306) 672-3361
3570 Rutland Avenue
June 27th to September Long Weekend
Friday – Monday to Friday 1:00pm – 6:00pm. Weekenks 2 pm to 4 pm.
The Gull Lake Museum has three buildings with exhibits the Main Building, School House and Machine Shop. The Main Building exhibits show what life was like in Gull Lake’s past. The School House is a replica of one of the old schools that students attended many years ago. The Machinery Building has many interesting types of agriculture equipment exhibits to see.
Cypress Hills Saskatchewan - Visitor Centre
Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan
Visitor Centre – open year round Displays and exhibits, Family activity room. Amphitheatre – interpretive programs, special events. Private rentals for weddings Observatory – public viewing and programs.
Private bookings available by calling (306) 662-5411 (year round) (306) 662-5411; fax (306) 662-5482, or by email.
Private hop-on bus tours of the Park and Guided Hikes can also be arranged with a Park Interpreter. See: Interpretive Programming
Grasslands National Park Visitor Centres
Grasslands National Park
p. 1-877-345-2257 (West Block Visitor Centre – Val Marie, SK)
p. 1-306-476-2018 (East Block McGowan’s Visitor Centre at Rock Creek Campground)
- May 20 – June 30: Thursday to Monday
- July 1 – September 5: open daily
- September 6 – October 10: Thursday to Monday 9:00 am
- The park is always open.
- May – August: 9:00am – 5:00pm
- Fridays in July and August: 9:00am – 7:00pm
- September and October: 9:00am-4:30pm
Located in both the East Block and the West Block, both Grasslands Visitor Centres house interactive displays and information about the wildlife, natural history and ranching history of the Park.
Grasslands National Park also offers guided horseback and kayaking adventures, as well as guided hikes, intepretive programs (see Interpretive Programming and Adventure Experiences), as well as learning experiences. (For a list of possible learning experiences click HERE)