Hinton

Population: 9,769

Hinton is located on Yellowhead Highway 16, 171 miles west of Edmonton, and 4 miles east of juntion with Bighorn Highway 40 to Grande Cache and Grande Prairie.

Visitor Information: Information Centre is open daily May–October, 9 a.m.to 7 p.m.; November–April, Monday–Friday 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.; phone 1-877-446-8666. Or contact Town of Hinton, phone 780-865-6000.

Hinton is 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 including major chain hotels/motels, restaurant and fast-food outlets; gas stations; RV parts and services; Safeway supermarket; shopping centres and shopping mall; dental offices, RCMP post, bowling alley, curling rink, golf course and recreation complex with indoor pool. Big box stores include Walmart and Canadian Tire. Camping at Hinton/Jasper KOA, phone 1-888-562-4714, located just west of town.

Attractions:

  • 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.
  • Pick up a map for the Mountain Bike Skills Park at the Visitor Centre.
  • The 1.9 mile Beaver Boardwalk highlights local wetland systems and area’s beaver habitat.