Landscape in the park is reminiscent of the Canadian Shield to the east or the mountains in the distance to the west and south – evergreen trees, rustic rock outcroppings, gurgling streams and cool waters. It’s a sharp contrast and a welcome respite from the relentless open skies of the prairies south of Medicine Hat, Alberta.
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is the only park in Canada to traverse a provincial border. The arbitrary nature of the border becomes obvious to me when I consider the big cats, including cougar, that wander around up here. In fact, come to think of it, when I consider those cats, I’m reminded of the fragility of life itself, and I double check the distance between me and my car.