How far is Hinton?From Jasper, AB77kmless than an hour of drivingFrom Grande Cache, AB149km1.5 hours of drivingFrom Valemount, BC202km2.5 hours of drivingFrom McBride, BC245km2.8 hours of drivingFrom Edmonton, AB288km3 hours of drivingFrom Grande Prairie, AB333km3.5 hours of drivingFrom Banff, AB366km4.5 hours of drivingFrom Clearwater, BC396km4 hours of drivingFrom Kamloops, BC523km5.5 hours of drivingFrom Calgary, AB528km5 hours of driving
With a population of over 10,000 people, Hinton is a beautiful destination in your travel plans. With its many scenic walking trails, challenging hiking trails and fun biking trails, Hinton has something for everyone. Situated only 10 minutes outside of Jasper National Park, Hinton offers stunning mountain views and intimate encounters with Alberta wildlife. This small town is located only 280km west of Edmonton and 70km east of Jasper, making it perfect for any outdoor enthusiast. This area is great for hiking, camping, rock climbing, downhill skiing, hunting and fishing. Jasper offers some of Canada's best skiing at Marmot Basin Ski Hill and is one of Alberta's main attractions. Hinton has a thriving industry based on oil and gas and has every business service that a visitor may need. Come enjoy all that Hinton has to offer.
We're glad you came to our four-season playground where the weather and climate help fuel the fun. If you are here in the summer you’re likely taking advantage of our long hours of sunshine - we average around 2,100 hours of sunshine a year!
Visitors love to take advantage of these long days, whether by booking a 6 am tee off, or watching the sun go down over the mountains in a radiant display of reds, pinks and oranges as late as 11 pm at the height of the season. Thanks to our location in the foothills at the edge of the Rocky Mountains, we also enjoy the fringe of the Chinook winds. Besides meaning cooler summers, it also means slightly warmer temperatures for or winter guests! If you are here in the winter you might enjoy ice fishing, and world-class cross country skiing - not to mention the abundant snowmobiling opportunities. All these activities are helped along by our ample snow base, with an average annual snowfall of 119 cm (46.85 inches). No matter when you’re here, or for what reason, Mother Nature is generally a willing partner in making your visit a memorable one.
Gateway To The Rockies
Hinton is a regional hub of recreation, health care and retail in the West Yellowhead region, also serving neighbouring Grande Cache, Jasper and Edson. It has a population of around 10,000 and is 270 km west of Edmonton and 80 km east of Jasper along the twin-lane Yellowhead Highway (Hwy. 16). It is a short 15-minute drive to the Jasper National Park boundary and about 3 hours from the world famous West Edmonton Mall. The Town has developed in two separate areas, about 5 km apart, known to residents as the Hill and the Valley - separated by Highway 16. This geographical dispersion is accounted for by the fact that Hinton actually started out as two communities - Drinnan and Hinton. There are shopping and service nodes in both areas, as well as at Parks West Mall on the west end of town. The town boasts a number of outdoor recreational facilities and attractions, including the Beaver Boardwalk, Canada’s longest freshwater boardwalk, a free-access mountain bike park, skateboard park, numerous paved and maintained gravel trails, tennis courts, a campground, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, rodeo grounds and a challenging 18-hole golf course.Indoor recreational facilities are excellent, with a 25 meter indoor pool, a toddler pool, hot tub and sauna, racquetball and squash courts, two arenas, a daycare facility, a youth centre and a curling rink. Venues just outside town include a gun and archery range. The Hinton Nordic Centre is a world-class venue for cross-country skiing, mountain biking, biathlon and even natural luge, and is located on Highway 40 North. With the mountains next door the opportunities for camping, hiking, downhill skiing, quadding, snowmobiling, fishing, and hunting are abundant.Accommodations offered in the local area run from teepees with bed and breakfast service, to full-featured hotels with indoor swimming pools and restaurants. Some facilities also have night clubs and lounges, for partygoers who enjoy after dark activities.
History of Hinton
Hinton is a thriving, growing community that offers residents and visitors up-to-the-minute, 21st century lifestyles and technology. Imagine life in earlier days and the landscape of Hinton when it began as a community in 1911 and even before that time when the first “travelers” passed through the area.Close your eyes and imagine the river valley and foothills, home for many centuries to First Nations people, landscape very like what you see today. The early 19 th century was the beginning of the arrival and influence of European explorers. These new travellers to the river valleys and foothills were blazing trails through the new world and were often guided by First Nations and Metis people. In December 1810 explorer map maker David Thompson arrived in the area on his way to map a route through the Athabasca Pass Thompson and his party travelled west along the frozen river in the area that is currently Mary Reimer Regional Park in Hinton. The explorer travelled farther west and camped for 25 days in the Brule area.
The route mapped by Thompson continues to be a main travel and trade corridor from the prairies to the Rocky Mountains and on to the western coast of Canada.Imagine the sounds and the smells as the old steam engine rolls into Hinton in August 1911, the first passenger train to arrive at the newly constructed Railway Station House along the Grand Trunk Pacific Rail line.During the first few years the population of Hinton was 500 and after 1912 the population declined 92 in 1921. Hinton saw little growth until the opening of local mines in the late 1920s. Those mines were part of a vast network of reginal mines that became known as the Coal Branch. Hinton maintained this activity through to the 1950s when the sound of steam engines travelling the rail lines were no longer heard.
The pages of life in Hinton began a new chapter in the mid-1950s when the construction of a pulp mill was announced. Effective Nov.1 1956, the New Town of Hinton was incorporated and Hinton was no longer a hamlet. The village of Drinnan was incorporated Jan.1, 1957. Leaders in both Hinton and Drinnan worked together for amalgamation, which took place effective April 1, 1957 and Hinton reverted to town status on Dec. 29, 1958.The stories of our community tell of a vibrant history that has been and still remains reliant upon economic boom and bust industries. The residents of Hinton, those who have stayed and those who have not, have all seen the many ups and downs brought on by economic factors. it is the people, calling Hinton home, who have ensured the continued settlement and continuing development of Hinton. Today, Hinton attracts residents who enjoy the wilderness surroundings, the community spirit, and the employment opportunities of the region.
Who is David Thompson?
David Thompson (30 April 1770 – 10 February 1857) was a British-Canadian fur trader, surveyor, and map-maker, known to some native peoples as "Koo-Koo-Sint" or "the Stargazer." Over Thompson's career, he travelled some 90,000 kilometres across North America, mapping 4.9 million square kilometres of North America along the way. For this historic feat, Thompson has been described as the "greatest land geographer who ever lived."