Who knew that Jasper’s next-door neighbour was the ultimate year-round photography destination? Well, we did. Grab your camera and let’s go adventuring!
There are endless places to explore with your camera in Hinton—Alberta’s stunning gateway to the Rockies only minutes from Jasper National Park.
Awe-inspiring natural beauty? An adventure to an airplane hidden in the foothills? Unparalleled opportunities for wildlife photography? Hinton’s got it all.
So, here are 11 amazing photo spots you can’t miss within one hour of Hinton’s Green Square!
Joachim Valley Airplane
Yup, you can find an airplane hidden just outside of Jasper National Park. If you enjoy taking in the views of rolling foothills (and finding airplanes!) you’ll love the easy-moderate hike to get there.
Athabasca Lookout Viewpoint
There really isn’t one best time to visit this scenic spot overlooking the Joachim Valley, Brule Lake and the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Our recommendation? Visit every season. You’ll be blown away by the sublime winter views, the vibrant colours of fall, and the spectacular spring and summer scenery.
The Beaver Boardwalk
The longest freshwater boardwalk in the world offers an immersive experience unlike any other. Watch the beavers busy at work, choose your own adventure on the connecting trails, and explore all the different docks and lookouts. Whether you only have time for a quick stop, or are looking for a full day of exploring, you can’t miss the Beaver Boardwalk.
Happy Creek Trail Viewpoint
This local favourite offers a stunning panoramic view of the Northern Rockies. It’s the perfect easy-moderate hike or bike ride, and surprisingly close to the centre of town.
The Meadow near Thompson Lake
There’s something peaceful about a trail that winds through tall grasses and wildflowers surrounded by even taller trees, especially when the colours of fall start to settle in.
The Northern Hoodoos in Sundance Provincial Park
You really can’t miss out on seeing this hidden gem. On the short, lush trail to get to the hoodoos, you’ll pass through extraordinary diverse plant life before arriving at a truly spectacular panoramic view.
Countless lakes and ponds are nestled in this stunning area between the foothills and the mountains, but Kelley’s Bathtub might be one of the most serene spots in William A. Switzer Provincial Park.
Also located in William A. Switzer Park—one of the top places for outdoor adventure in Alberta—is Jarvis Lake. If you’re looking to catch the sunrise from your kayak, this is the spot!
Highway 40 South
Down this road, you’ll see incredible vistas of the Alberta Rockies and plenty of wildlife (especially Bighorn Sheep!)—not to mention numerous hidden streams and waterfalls. In the summer, make it a day trip and explore on your way to the spectacular Cardinal Divide.
Hinton is known as the Gateway to the Rockies—and from views like this minutes away from the centre of town, it’s not hard to see why.
Jasper National Park
You don’t have to choose between exploring the scenic spots around Hinton or in Jasper National Park. When Hinton is your basecamp it’s easy to do both, since most scenic spots are an easy drive away.
The Hinton–Jasper drive is the perfect distance for you to pick up your locally brewed coffee and enjoy it on the road to Pyramid Lake, the Sulphur Skyline Trail, Edith Lake, Maligne Canyon, and so much more, which are all conveniently located within an hour of the Town of Hinton.
The Explore Hinton Visitor Information Centre is located in Green Square, Hinton’s town square surrounded by local shops and dining options.
Explore Hinton is a local initiative between the Hinton & District Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Hinton to help you #ExploreHinton & the Northern Rockies.
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