The Cypress Hills Destination Area is rich with cultural and natural history. Enjoy a tour with guides who are both professional and knowledgeable.
Fort Walsh National Historic Site
West Block, Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan
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
Mankota Tour Company
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.
Cowtown Culinary 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.