Hinton, Gateway to the Rockies
Hinton is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Rockies.” It is strategically located near the junction of the Trans Canada Yellowhead Highway (#16) and Highway (#40).
The Yellowhead is the more northerly of two major east-west arteries within Canada. It connects Winnipeg to Prince Rupert, and Vancouver via Saskatoon, Edmonton, and Jasper. Highway # 40 is often traveled by international visitors as a scenic route to Alaska and by locals who are entered into the annual “Canadian Death Race,” one of the most grueling “extreme races” in the world.
But Hinton is much more than a convenient place to stretch enroute to some exotic destination. There are more recreational opportunities in the Hinton region than you could explore in a lifetime. You’ll be nestled in the heart of a four-season recreational paradise on the eastern edge of Jasper National Park, and you’re only three hours west of Edmonton.
Hinton’s local trails are spectacular and provide lovely corridors throughout the community. Explore Hardisty Creek, Happy Creek, Thompson Lake, Maxwell Lake, and more. The trails are designed for walking and cycling, and can be used for cross-country skiing when snow conditions permit.
The Natural Resources Interpretive Park showcases natural resource management at its best. Experience self-guided interpretive trails, a fire lookout tower, giant mine truck, adventure playground, and picnic area.
The Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre is a major attraction in Hinton. Why not join us for a swim? Or let the kids unwind in our arenas, indoor courts, sports fields, or one of the top skateboard parks in Canada!
The Forest Service Museum was established to preserve a history of forestry in the province of Alberta. Displays reflect the work performed by the early rangers, and they provide an appreciation of their accomplishments achieved, without benefit of modern transportation, tools, and technology.
Looking for a place to stay in Hinton? Whether you prefer the comfort of a full service hotel or the sky as a roof over your head, Hinton can offer it all. Why not check out some of the 1000 remarkable campgrounds in the region? Stop by the Hinton Visitor Information Centre or the Town of Hinton website (www.hinton.ca) for information regarding the area campgrounds and recreation activities.
During the summer, and before resuming your travels, consider a helicopter tour, or hop on an ATV to explore Hinton’s endless ATV trails (activities not normally permitted within the national parks). Another highly recommended activity is a round of golf. Or explore the lush Alberta wilderness on a hike or trail ride in the Brule Sand Dunes. Or check out Orge Canyon –a deeply carved cleft in the mountainside. At the base of the cliffs are many sinkholes created by underground streams.
Miette Hot Springs is located almost exactly halfway between Jasper and Hinton. Here, you will find three outdoor bathing pools fed by sulphur spring water, the hottest water (54 ºC) in the Canadian Rockies; an interpretative display that explains the local geology and illustrates hiking trails; a café; a gift shop; and plenty of outdoor picnic space.
For more information on what to do & see in & around Hinton, check out their web site at www.hinton.ca.