Mountain Bike Mecca
Hinton is gaining speed with its reputation as a mountain biking hotspot in Western Canada.The Hinton Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) was formed by a few buddies that saw a need to improve mountain biking in Hinton and has since established the community as one of the foremost mountain bike destinations in Western Canada. The Hinton Bike-Park, located on Robb Road, has also played host to AFD Gravity Cup downhill racing events. Hinton also hosts the MS Bike Tour – which was the first off-road version of the annual fundraiser in Canada. Dates and details for local mountain bike events and club rides can be found at www.bikehinton.com.
Canada’s longest freshwater boardwalk is a great family outing that showcases the local wetland system around Maxwell Lake. Built over a number of years through volunteer effort with corporate support, the attraction features more than three kilometres of boardwalk, seating areas, interpretive signs and two observation towers. More than a dozen beavers, as well as countless other wildlife, call this wetland area home. Visitors should take in the boardwalk in the early morning or evening for the best chance to see these busy beavers in action.Beaver Tour Map
Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history, has its park gates only 15 minutes west of Hinton and the Municipality of Jasper a mere 75km away.
The scenic drive from Hinton usually features a wide variety of wildlife viewing opportunities, with big horn sheep dotting the roadside, or sometimes even a mama bear and her cubs. There are a number of historical and interpretive sites, as well hiking expeditions that range from one hour to multiple days. Check out the world famous Maligne Lake and take a boat tour, or rent a kayak or canoe and cruise this beautiful waterway your own speed!
Athabasca Riverfront Park
The Athabasca River is what brought explorer David
Thompson to the West Yellowhead more than 200 years ago.
Featuring beautiful views, maintained trails
and picnic facilities, the park is an opportunity to
appreciate this fast-flowing waterway from the safety of
Swimming is not recommended due to the current. This recreational gem is off the beaten path a little. Those looking to find it can head down Kelley Road off Switzer Drive, and then veer left onto West River Road.
Historical Driving Tour of Hinton
Learn about Hinton’s history and explore the community with the Historical Driving Tour. You will discover elements to Hinton’s past throughout the ten stops included in the tour, such as the Woodley Homestead, Hinton Collieries and the Hinton Coal Branch Archives. Stand at the Historical Marker for Main Street Hinton and Hinton Station looking up at what is now Hwy 16, and visualize main street Hinton with the help of some fascinating photos depicting life in the early 1900s. Pick up a full Driving Tour map at the Hinton Visitor Information Centre in Green Square. The Historical Driving Tour is a partnership between the Hinton Historical Society, the Town of Hinton, and the Hinton Municipal Library and Archives.Driving Tour Map
William A. Switzer Provincial Park
Located just 15 minutes away from Ramada Hinton on Hwy. 40 north, William A. Switzer Provincial Park is an uncrowded gem nestled in the Canadian foothills.
The park offers summer adventures like camping, canoe, hiking, biking and wldlife watching opportunities from easily-accessible viewing platforms and self-guided interpretive trails.
The fun at Switzer Park doesn't stop once the snow comes as Switzer is home to a number or unique and inviting venues for winter recreation.
Brule's rich history dates back to 1912 with the discovery of coal in the area, and the hamlet boomed in the early 1920s, boasting amenities like a theatre, golf course, race track and a hospital. Those boom days and amenities are gone, but the hamlet remains a vibrant community with its own ball tournament and rodeo each summer.