Local Tourism & Recreation

Museum  |  Camping

Local tourism sites consist of fishing holes, camping, and historical sites along scenic country roads.  Examples include the Murder of Constable Graburn cairn in the Cypress Hills or the First Discovery of Natural Gas wellsite near the former townsite of Alderson, west of Suffield.  The County Tourism Brochure contains a map and more detailed information.

Prairie Memories Museum
In Irvine, the 20 Mile Post Historical Society operates the Prairie Memories Museum.  Examples of prairie life in the early 20th century can be seen in a church, one-room school house, local residence, lumber store, and the railway memorabilia collection.

Most of the recreation and cultural activities in Cypress County are provided by local community associations and various volunteer organizations.

County Operated Campgrounds
For camping and day-use, the County has two parks for outdoor activities.

Cavan Lake Recreational Campground is located 18 km east of Medicine Hat on Highway 1, then 5.5 km south on Range Road 40 (4 km of this is gravel surface).  Cavan Lake is an irrigation reservoir supplied with water from spring runoff out of the Cypress Hills. Pedestrian access to the reservoir is explained in the Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development brochure.

  • 78 sites (44 with 30 amp power), about half are seasonal
  • Fire pits and free firewood
  • Playground, horseshoe pits
  • Pit toilets (no sani-dump)
  • Non-potable water
  • Day-Use Area
  • Fishing  (stocked with Rainbow Trout), Maximum boat speed 12 km/hr
  • No Reservations (payment accepted at time of check-in)
  • PayPal may be used to pay nightly or weekly camping fees online
  • Caretaker on-site, phone 403.979.1788

Click on photo to see more of Cavan Lake Campground on Flickr

Sandy Point Park is located approximately 100 km northeast of Medicine Hat, or 27 km north of Hilda, on Highway 41 along the South Saskatchewan River. 

  • Fire pits with free firewood
  • Pull-through sites
  • Playground
  • Non-potable water
  • Pit toilets
  • Fishing
  • Day-Use Area

Click on photo to see more of Sandy Point Park on Flickr

Both parks are open for camping from May 1 until September 30.  Rates are:

  • $15 per night, $90 per week for a standard site ($600 seasonal at Cavan Lake only)
  • $25 per night, $150 per week for a power site ($1,050 seasonal at Cavan Lake only)
  • No water or sewer hook-ups, no sani-dump.

More information can be obtained by sending a note to camping@cypress.ab.ca.