Hinton is located on Yellowhead Highway 16, approximately 175 miles west of Edmonton, and 4 miles east of juntion with Bighorn Highway 40 to Grande Cache and Grande Prairie.
Visitor Information: Hinton and Area Travel Alberta Centre/Hinton and District Chamber of Commerce, located on Highway 16, is open weekdays 9 am to 5 pm; phone 780-865-6000. Visit Town of Hinton website at Town of Hinton.
Hinton began in the 1900s as a construction camp for railroad, coal mining and logging crews. The community grew dramatically after construction of a pulp mill in 1955. Today, the population continues to swell with increased gas and oil patch exploration. Hinton is also a major service stop for travelers on Yellowhead Highway 16 and on the Bighorn Highway, which junctions with Highway 16 just west of town.
Hinton has all visitor facilities, including lodging at major chain hotels/motels; dining at restaurants and fast-food outlets; gas stations; RV parts and services; a supermarket; shopping malls and major-chain warehouse stores. Camping at Hinton/Jasper KOA, located just west of town. Visit Yellowhead County for additional outdoor opportunities.
- Jasper National Park entrance is just 10 minutes west of town.
- William A. Switzer Provincial Park, north of town on Bighorn Highway 40, offers camping, hiking and wildlife watching opportunities.
- Mountain Bike Skills Park.
- Beaver Boardwalk highlights local wetland systems and area's beaver habitat.