Scenic Places and Attractions
Red Rock Coulee
A visit to Red Rock Coulee Natural Area is a great opportunity to observe unusual geological features and prairie plants and animals. Learn more about Red Rock Coulee at the following links:
Etzikom Windmill Museum
Includes a collection of antique windmills, as well as reproductions of a general store, hotel/rooming house, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, barber shop and bath, post office, and an early 1900s home complete with parlour, bedroom, and kitchen. Learn more about the Etzikom Windmill Museum at Travel Alberta.
40 Mile Park
7 mile long lake up to 75 feet deep with camping, fishing, boating. Highlight of the year is the July 1st weekend. Click here to learn more.
Golden Sheaf Park
Tenting, campground and day use area with camp kitchen provided. Public washrooms, boat launch, fishing and weekend concession are also available.
- Cost: Day use $5.00, Boat launch $15.00, Overnight camping $20.00/per night, Electrical hookup Overnight Camping $30.00/ per night
- Directions: Located 24 km (14 mi) west of Medicine Hat along the Holsom Road.
- Open: Summer, Spring/Fall
- Payments Accepted: Canadian Cash, Visa, Debit, MasterCard
- No Reservations
- Firewood for sale
- Phone: 403-832-2189
Vernon Coulee Bird Watching
Located 5 miles south of Foremost
Pakowki Lake Bird Sanctuary
Pakowki Lake is 25 km east-southeast of the town of Foremost. Road access surrounds the lake but actual access to the shore is mostly not possible. This large lake is an intermittent (playa) freshwater lake and sand dune-wetland complex. There are extensive bulrush marshes and areas of open water.
The only inflow channel is the Etzikom Coulee, which is an impressive glacial spillway channel; the lake has no outflows, except for under extremely high water levels where a channel south to the Milk River would allow for outflow. The surrounding uplands are predominantly mixed-grass prairie. Interesting fauna found at the site include Pronghorn Antelope, especially along the east shore, and Plains Hognose Snake. The sites significant flora include Western Spiderwort (nationally threatened), Smooth Goosefoot (nationally vulnerable), Great Basin Downingia, Sand Nut-grass and Annual Skeletonweed.
Kennedy Coulee Ecological Reserve
Located along the Alberta-Montana border, consists of rolling terrain and the Kennedy Creek valley. Springs and wetlands along the creek are ecologically rich environments that support several wildlife species, including brown thrasher, black-billed cuckoo, gray catbird, golden eagle, ferruginous hawk, prairie falcon, bull snake, prairie rattlesnake, short-horned lizard, pronghorn antelope and mule deer.
Milk River Natural Area
Includes part of the Milk River Canyon, the deepest canyon on the Canadian prairies, and extensive grasslands. The grasslands are some of most diverse and least disturbed in the country.
Rafting on the Milk River from Writing-on-Stone Park to Highway 880
This park is a sacred landscape that has special spiritual significance for the Blackfoot people who hunted & travelled the Great Plains for generations. The traditional culture of the Blackfoot is based on a long & intimate relationship with the land and this landscape is still part of that tradition. The First Nations petroglyphs (carvings) & pictographs (paintings) that cover the park’s sheer sandstone cliffs are protected here as a legacy to this spiritual connection. The park’s archaeological preserve was established in 1977 to ensure protection of one of the largest concentrations of rock art on the North American Plains.