Whitecourt is located 104 miles northwest of Edmonton on Highway 43, and 259 miles southeast of Dawson Creek, BC.
At the Visitor Centre inside the Whitecourt and District Forest Interpretive Centre and Heritage Park; phone (780) 778-3433 or toll-free 1-800-313-7383.
Established as a small trading, trapping and forestry centre, Whitecourt became an important stop for Alaska Highway travelers when Highway 43 was completed in 1955, connecting Whitecourt and Valleyview. It remains an important service stop for travelers on their way to Dawson Creek, BC, and the start of the Alaska Highway.
Located at the junction of Highways 43 and 32, Whitecourt dubs itself the “Gateway to the Alaska Highway and the fabulous North.” This full-service community also supports a library and 9 churches. Service clubs (Lions, Kinsmen) and community organizations (Masons, Knights of Columbus) welcome visitors.
Whitecourt is located in Alberta's Woodland County and offers outdoor recreation at area lakes and rivers and an indoor aquatic and fitness centre. Whitecourt has all visitor services, including hotels/motels, restaurants and fast-food outlets. There are gas stations, laundromats, shopping malls, liquor stores and banks. Camping available at Lion’s Club Campground at the southeast end of town.
- The Whitecourt & District Forest Interpretive Centre and Heritage Park celebrates Alberta’s forest industry through artifacts, audio-visual displays and exhibits.
- Eagle River Casino offers gaming and dining.
- Recreational activities include an excellent 18-hole public golf course and fishing in area creeks, rivers and lakes (boat rentals at Carson–Pegasus Provincial Park).
- Swimming, in-line skating, tennis, walking trails, beach volleyball and river boating are also enjoyed in summer.
- In the fall, big game hunting is very popular.
- During the winter there is ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing on area trails, skating and curling, bowling and swimming at the indoor pool.