Near the end of a paved logging road that may see as much cattle as traffic on any given day is a quaint self-guided forestry museum with two nondescript backcountry cabins.
With all the forestry references, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that you are indeed in the middle of the Canadian prairie. But that is part of the charm of Elkwater and the Cypress Hills.
Horseshoe Canyon is a mere 200 metres away along a wooded path. Standing there, at 1,400 metres elevation the hills and trees melt away below your feet, exposing Alberta’s endless prairie. On a clear day, you can even see Medicine Hat on the horizon, 80 kilometres away as the crow flies.
If your tenting years are behind you but you still seek solitude in nature, these cabins provide a comfortable place to lay your head. Bring your own gear, pick up some firewood from Elkwater’s general store and enjoy a day or two of well-deserved peace with loved ones among Alberta’s most unexpected forest.