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What To See And Do In Maple Creek Saskatchewan

What to See and Do in Maple Creek Saskatchewan

Do you have a driving trip planned across Canada? Or perhaps between Winnipeg and Vancouver? If you do and you’re looking for a great stop for the night or even longer, make the short detour off the Trans-Canada Highway and check out Maple Creek, Saskatchewan.

Maple Creek, Saskatchewan is home to a 5 million star B&B and within striking distance of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.The small town has got way more to offer than you might think. It’s also a good stopping off place if you’re on the way to Grasslands National Park.

Updated February 2020

Entrance to the old town of Maple Creek Saskatchewan
Entrance to the old town of Maple Creek

Where is Maple Creek Saskatchewan?

Maple Creek, home to just over 2,000 people, is located eight kilometres south of the Trans-Canada Highway, and about 104 kilometres east of Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Although you can drive through the town in a flash (which I did the first time on my way to Grasslands National Park), it also makes a great place to base yourself for a visit to Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, just 40 kilometres away.

Quiet tree lined streets in Maple Creek Saskatchewan
Quiet tree lined streets in Maple Creek
Looking towards the town of Maple Creek Saskatchewan
Looking towards the town of Maple Creek
Sunset over the train tracks in Maple Creek
Sunset over the train tracks in Maple Creek

Where to stay in Maple Creek

We only spent one night at the Ghostown Blues B&Bbut it would be easy to stay for several nights just to soak up the atmosphere.Billing themselves as a 5 Million Star B&B, you’ll see what that means if you step outside your room in the dead of night – which you’ll have to do if you need to use the bathroom. The starry skies on a clear night are a sight to behold.

This is an exceptional B&B for an authentic western experience. Every cabin or stagecoach is decorated with beautiful antiques, artwork, rugs and cowboy paraphernalia.

Outside of each cabin you can read about the history of the area – and it’s far more vibrant than anything I was ever taught in school. The building where breakfast is served harkens to a different era – and it’s my nose that tells me that, with the smell of old wood.

Should you happen to be cycling across Canada this place is also a great choice. Take a break from putting up your tent and sleep in an oversized, stand-up tent complete with cots – and treat yourself to a shower and hot breakfast the next morning.

Don’t go expecting luxury. There are shared bathrooms – though we were the only people at the time. But do visit if you like the idea of living like a pioneer. The sunsets are magnificent. It’s peaceful. The dogs and cats are a delight. And there are weekends where live music and dancing takes place.

The interior sleeping arrangement in the covered wagon at Ghosttown Blues Bed and Breakfast
The interior sleeping arrangement in the covered wagon at Ghostown Blues Bed and Breakfast in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan
The cowboy cabin for less cramped quarters
Our room – the cowboy cabin for less cramped quarters at Ghostown Blues B&B in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan
Each cabin comes with its own story - Ghostown Blues B&B
Each cabin comes with a story of the area
Stay in a chuck wagon in the Ghosttown Blues Bed & Breakfast - one of the fun places to visit in Saskatchewan
Stay in an authentic chuck wagon in the Ghostown Blues Bed & Breakfast

Where to eat in Maple Creek 

A recommendation from the owners of Ghostown Blues is The Rockin’ Horse Cookhouse & Bar on Maple Street. Head to the Daily Grind, a coffee shop with cappuccinos, if you need a caffeine hit. They’re at 132 Jasper Street.

One of the commercial streets in Maple Creek Saskatchewan
One of the commercial streets in Maple Creek Saskatchewan

What to do in the area

You could go and play in the Great Sand Hills for a day as they’re only about an hour’s drive away – if you don’t get lost. The Cypress Hills Vineyard and Winery, in existence since 2007 is a 20 kilometre drive away – and en route to the West Block of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.

True entrepreneurs, these are the types of people you want to support in a community. Try their cherry wine – a double gold winner in the dry fruit wine category.

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park can keep you busy for several days. Offering camping, a resort complex and lots of hiking and equestrian trails, plus swimming in the summer, there’s a lot to discover.

For a dot on the map in what looks like the middle of nowhere, Maple Creek has a surprising amount to offer the adventurous traveler. Don’t miss a stop here on your next drive through the area.

A beautiful fall drive into Cypress Hills Provincial Park
A beautiful fall drive into Cypress Hills Provincial Park

For more information about Maple Creek visit their website.

Further reading on things to do in Saskatchewan

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What to see and do in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan

Thank you to Tourism Saskatchewan for the assistance with this trip. It was my idea to visit and all thoughts and opinions are mine.

 

 

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. You’re right, Leigh, quite a bit to do here and it’s not just the usual. I’d definitely go for the food. The location doesn’t look bad either – love that stagecoach.
    I was thinking how curious it is that a Guyanese ended up in such a remote area when I remembered meeting a Jamaican guy who moved to South Dakota. Not the type of place these people usually go.

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