3 Day Adventure Experience in the Hinton Area

Our team spent a couple days touring around the Hinton area. We’ve found some spectacular sights and experiences that we would love to share with you! Prepare yourself for some exciting travel itinerary ideas that you can take advantage of this summer season!

Day 1

On our first day adventuring in the Hinton area we visited the Cadomin Coal Mine. Which is about a 40 minute drive down Highway 40 South. It was a jaw dropping scene; truly a once in a lifetime experience that gave us the of feeling traveling back in time to the Alberta Coal Mines heyday. We went through a tunnel and the view went from entirely green and plush forest through a tunnel to an immediate sight of the blackest hillside I’ve ever witnessed.

On our way back we stopped at Gregg Falls, which is just off the side of the Highway. Many people cliff jump into the river; although the drop isn’t far the water is deep. Parking is not very well marked, so it’s definitely a hidden Hinton gem. You can purchase a postcard from our experience at the falls at the Explore Hinton Visitor’s Information Centre!


We then visited the historical Gregg Cabin off the highway down a long gravel road. On our adventures down Highway 40 South we saw many elk, deer, bighorn sheep and even the tail end of a moose! The wildlife sightings along Highway 40 South are much more common than its Northern counterpart, as it is less frequently travelled.

We spent our afternoon venturing up Highway 40 North, first renting kayaks from Switzer Park Watersport Rentals on Gregg Lake. Calling back and forth to the loons across the lake and with the warm sun on our backs we paddled to the islands on this incredibly shallow lake. On the way back we stopped at Kelly’s Bathtub for a short walk and a swim. There is even a small beach area for families to enjoy with incredibly scenic views of the lake inlet.

For dinner we visited Folding Mountain Brewery, where we sat down to an absolutely scrumptious meal and a cold brew. After a full day of adventuring, returning to the Rocky Mountain View Bed and Breakfast, we lounged outside around the fire on a set of vivid red chairs watching the sunset over the horizon. 

Day 2

The Rocky Mountain View Bed and Breakfast was an amazing stay! The view from breakfast on our deck was spectacular; situated right on the side of the mountain, we could see an amazing mountainous skyline for miles in the distance.

Next, we decided to rent a set of discs from the Explore Hinton Visitor’s Information Centre to play a round of Disc Golf. This is a unique experience in the community. It’s a great way to burn off some excess energy. People of all ages can enjoy this adventure in the midst of a forested Hinton hillside.

Afterwards we ventured across the road for a nice walk along the Beaver Boardwalk and Happy Creek Trails to visit the beaver who lives there. Beavers are most active around sunrise and sunset, so if you want a chance to sight one of these iconic Canadian species that’s the best time to take this adventure. Hinton’s very own Beaver Boardwalk is the longest freshwater boardwalk in the Canada and is a spectacular adventure.

We enjoyed a nice lunch and coffee at The Old Grind at the Green Square before exploring around the shops. We stopped in to return our disks at the Visitor’s Information Centre and purchased a postcard to write back home to our families about our amazing experience.

At the Visitor Centre we heard about the Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage and decided to spend our afternoon there. We learned about some of the fascinating history of the railway system of the Hinton area. We even got to study an interesting timeline detailing events from time immemorial to present day. This is a great experience for families with young children, there is an incredibly realistic toy train that travels over small bridges and tunnels.

After the Museum we ventured down to the Hinton Valley District for dinner at Rojo Marron. This Mexican restaurant had imported Jarrito’s soda and excellent coffee. Around the corner we saw the five pin bowling alley and spent our evening at the Underground Bowling and Rec Room before returning exhausted back to our room at the Rocky Mountainview Bed and Breakfast.

Day 3

The next day we booked a morning tour with Remote Helicopters. What a spectacular experience that was! As a first time helicopter rider it was an exhilarating experience. We started out at the Jasper-Hinton Airport and spent 20 magnificent minutes flying over Folding Mountain and the Athabasca river valley. It was an experience like no other to view the miraculous mountain ranges and abundance of natural lakes from above. A once in a lifetime experience that was definitely worthwhile!

Afterwards, we drove up the long windy mountainous road to Miette Hot Springs. Soaked in the hot water heated naturally from the mountain springs. The spectacular scenic views from the outdoor pools in the midst of the mountains was a beautiful sight that I will never forget. We even took a walk to visit the ruins of the old pools, which was really neat to see the history of the iconic Miette Hot Springs.

We have felt indescribable joy to be fortunate enough to have many fantastic adventures here in Hinton. It has been such a unique and wonderful experience to enjoy the culture, history, landscape and attractions here. We will always remember our days touring in the Hinton area with reverence and elation in the years to come.

-Maggie S.

9 reasons to spend Christmas in Hinton

Are you thinking about a change of scenery during the most wonderful time of the year? Dreaming of snow-capped mountains, magical forest trails, cozy shops and restaurants, and making memories with your nearest and dearest? Hinton is ready to welcome you for a holiday season you’ll never forget. Here are our top 10 reasons to spend Christmas in Hinton.

1. All the magic of Christmas in the mountains, without the hustle and bustle

Christmas is a time to unwind and focus on our family and friends. When you are free from sitting in traffic and waiting in lineups, you can do just that. Our picturesque town boasts a slower, calmer pace, perfect for soaking in the beauty of the season.

2. Find gifts they’ll truly treasure

Forget the big box stores – Hinton’s shopping districts are lined with the kind of mom-and-pop shops that you might find in a modern Norman Rockwell painting. Step inside, and you’ll find gifts that will delight and surprise, as well as warm and friendly service. 

3. Leave the holiday cooking to the pros

‘Tis the season for holiday menus, and we’re here for it. These special dishes come but once a year, so live like a local and enjoy them while they last! Take a tour of the restaurants in Hinton and Jasper East to experience some of our finest culinary feasts. 

4…and wash it down with a seasonal libation

While Hinton’s restaurants boast some incredible dishes every Christmas season, there’s also an emphasis on beverages. Whether you’re headed to a local cafe to warm up or are looking for a seasonal cocktail to complete your meal, you’ll find something to sip on that will put you in a festive mood.

5. Deck the halls

Whether you’re enjoying a staycation here in Hinton or staying at a home away from home, our local shops are ready to add some Christmas spirit to your space. From understated to all out, find stunning decor that celebrates the season.

6. Santa sightings

The man in red himself loves to visit Hinton at Christmas. Find him and his team of helpers at different locations around town leading up to the big day, and give him a jolly send off at the Snowflake Parade!

7. Cross country skiing you’ll tell your friends about

The Hinton Nordic Centre is a local gem for cross country ski enthusiasts. As if the 35 kilometres of expertly groomed trails wasn’t enough, the centre also features a biathlon range and a large, cozy day lodge. Work off that extra turkey, or bring the whole family for a day of outdoor fun.

8. A magnificent winter wonderland just steps from your door

One of the best things about Hinton is that no matter where you are staying, the beautiful and rugged outdoors is within a short walk. With this type of convenience, you can strap on snowshoes and hit the trails, or take a morning meander through the woods with your coffee, all at a moment’s notice. Winter in Hinton’s wilderness is something everyone should experience!

9. There’s a fireplace waiting just for you

Sometimes when you come in from the cold, the best thing is to bundle up in a blanket by the fire, listen to it crackle and share stories about your adventures. There are plenty of opportunities for fireside chats, with cozy fireplaces in some of our restaurants, at the Hinton Nordic Centre, at Jasper East and even a backcountry wood stove in William A. Switzer Provincial Park.

10. Make memories during a holiday season you won’t soon forget

From skating on an outdoor rink, skiing or snowshoeing under the moon and tobogganing to visits with Santa, roasting marshmallows over an open fire, and singing Christmas carols, Hinton is the perfect setting for a beautiful Christmas. Be sure to remember your camera to capture these special moments, and help make the memories last a lifetime. 

How to spend an amazing fall day in #MyHinton

With crisp, sunny mornings, rows upon rows of yellow-leafed trees against the Rocky Mountains and a changing landscape to get out and experience, there’s no doubt that fall is one of the most charming seasons in Hinton – some even say it’s their favourite season of all. Don’t let the shortening days get you down – there’s lots to get excited about in Hinton when fall comes around! We’re sharing our top tips to help you make the most out of this gorgeous season.

Dress the part

The key to a great day during the fall? The right clothes. Temperatures in Hinton during autumn can vary greatly, sometimes hovering around freezing for part of the day before soaring into the low 20s. Layers are your friend during this season. Find your next favourite cozy scarf, trendy hat or fall jacket at one of the local boutiques. For a day on the trails or the lake, drop by one of our outdoor outfitters for the technical clothing you need to feel just right all day long. 

Take a back road

Venture just outside of Hinton in any direction and you’ll be delighted to find a network of roads that will give you a first class ticket to the beautiful fall colours, as well as an opportunity to see some wildlife, and maybe even a glimpse into the area’s past. Pop your favourite playlist on your phone or seek out some music by local artists as you cruise around beneath the mountains. 

Comfort food

Is there anything better when it starts to get cool outside than coming into a warm restaurant with friendly service and pulling up to a nice, warm, hearty meal? Indulge your craving for soups, stews, pasta and more this time of year – our restaurateurs are excited to serve you!

Go fly a kite

Fall is a season of simple pleasures. Hinton experiences some pretty blustery days at this time of year making it a great season to get out with your friends and family to fly kites! This is a local tradition that is as much fun for adults as it is for kids. Choose a kite at one of our local retailers and head out to the closest field (we recommend Mary Reimer Park or Green Square) for some big smiles all around.

Hit the water

If you love the colours of fall, treat yourself to some time on the lake, where you can see the reflection of the changing leaves glistening on the water. Bring your lifejacket, rent a kayak, and paddle out onto one of the lakes in William A. Switzer Provincial Park for an autumn experience you won’t soon forget! We recommend an early morning paddle for the most calm, quiet water and the best reflections.

Capture your memories

The bright colours, cozy clothes and rosy cheeks that come with fall make extra special photos. Hire a local photographer to capture the memories you make here in Hinton with family and friends – professional photos of your time together are some of the best souvenirs around! If you capture your own memories during your trip, Hinton’s local framing shop can help you print and preserve your images for life. 

The best rainy day activities in #MyHinton

Rainy days come for everyone – even in Hinton, where we often have a sunny climate. If the rain makes you want to spend the day wrapped up under the covers, read on for ways to make the most of the drizzly weather – there’s lots of fun to be had right here in town!

Get your climb on

Kickstart your rainy day with a heart-pumping, fun and challenging workout. Head to the valley to the Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre to check out one of Hinton’s greatest indoor recreation opportunities – our bouldering wall! This climbing wall stands 12 feet tall and encompasses three walls of a converted court. Test your strength and gain some new skills in a safe and dry environment, and be sure to try the treadwall, a wall that moves, giving you a full body workout as you climb on a 12 degree angle. 

For information on hours and rules for the bouldering wall, visit the Town of Hinton website.

Visit another time or place

Stories have a way of transporting us from our (wet, gloomy) reality to somewhere entirely different. They put us in another person’s shoes, help shift our perspective and ignite our imagination. The Hinton Municipal Library is jam-packed with stories that will do just that! Conveniently located in the valley just around the corner from the Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre, the library offers books, audiobooks, magazines and DVDs on loan. Find a corner to sit in and enjoy an hour or two of a great story, or borrow a book or movie to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. 

Did you know the library also has board games available for use in the library? Bring some friends and escape the rain with a round of Monopoly, Scrabble, and more!

Play with clay

Is there anything more mesmerising than watching someone turn a clump of clay into a beautiful bowl, mug or pot? If you’re curious about how it’s done or are longing to try it yourself, stop by the Athabasca River Potters Guild. Chat with local artists as they work on their craft, and learn more about how you can become a part of this community. The guild offers classes for both youth and adults. Once you have some skills under your belts, memberships are available for the guild giving you access to the building and equipment, and a whole year’s worth of rainy day fun. 

Experience the trails differently.

If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t let the weather get in the way of your time outside (or if you’re starting to experience a little mid-day or mid-week cabin fever), grab your raincoat and waterproof boots and head out to your favourite trail. 

There’s something magical about experiencing a familiar trail in the rain. The colours are more vibrant, the leaves hang differently on the trees, and the air smells amazing. You may even have the entire trail to yourself! If you’re looking for inspiration on rainy day places to explore, try the Beaver Boardwalk or the Joachim Valley Trail – there’s even a hut at the end to warm up in! 

Stay and Play in Hinton, Alberta

Thinking of heading to the mountains for your next adventure? Known as the Gateway to the Rockies, Hinton, Alberta has an expansive natural playground for you to discover right in its backyard, and all the comforts you could ask for in town. Whether you’re a solo traveller in search of new experiences, a couple here for a quiet getaway or a family in search of some fun, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for when you stay and play in Hinton.


From simple home bases for your stay to luxury retreats, you’ll find a wide variety of accommodation in Hinton. Book a room at one of our easily-accessed hotels along Highway 16, or choose from a wide array of bed and breakfast rental options in Hinton. If you are planning a vacation surrounded by nature, head to Jasper East to find cabins and a lodge nestled amongst the mountains.

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Food & Drink

Kickstart your day with a made-to-order breakfast from one of Hinton’s many restaurants and treat yourself to a specialty coffee from one of our awesome coffee shops. We recommend ordering a picnic lunch as well and packing it with you, allowing you to make the most of your time here – plus, a meal eaten outside just tastes better! Hinton boasts a wide variety of restaurants serving up cuisines and cocktfrom all over the world – there’s truly something that everyone will love.

When it comes to supper, you’ll have plenty of dine-in or take-out options. Hinton is also home to several grocery stores, a farmers market, and a top-notch butcher if you’re craving a meal of your own creation.

Play Outdoors

Hinton is one of Alberta’s best kept secrets when it comes to outdoor recreation! If you’re here to explore on foot, William A. Switzer Provincial Park offers kilometres of trails for hikes of varying difficulty, and the most incredible views of the Canadian Rockies. This park also offers opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and fishing. In the winter, the Hinton Nordic Centre is a hub of activity as cross country skiers gather to enjoy the best tracks the area has to offer. 

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Did you bring your bike? The Hinton Mountain Bike Association maintains an extensive trail system just outside of town. Head to their website to plan your ride! These trails make for fantastic local hikes as well – just be sure to watch out for cyclists, and share the trails. Hinton is home to several bike shops with expert mechanics ready to serve you. Drop in for a tune-up, browse their stock, and chat with the staff – you just might learn a thing or two!

Soak in the sunshine while you play a round of golf at the Hinton Golf Club, or try your hand at a different type of golf – Hinton’s disc golf course offers 18 baskets, and discs are available on loan from the Tourist Information Centre.


You’re going to love Hinton’s fabulous mix of independent retailers. From clothing and jewelry to home decor and sporting goods and everything in between, our local businesses offer something for everyone. There are two main centres of shopping in town – the valley shopping district and the Green Square shopping district on the hill.

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Local Events

No matter what season you’re here to stay and play in, there’s bound to be a celebration. From the iconic Wild Mountain Music Festival and it’s smaller cousin, the Autumn Festival, to Canada Day celebrations, The Fohn Festival, and our annual Winter Magic Festival, be sure to mark your calendars and share in the fun. 

Come see why Hinton is one of the most exciting places in Alberta to visit. Enjoy your stay, and have fun!

Gregg River Falls

Just south of Hinton, Alberta lies a treasure trove of pristine natural attractions to explore and discover. These gems are some of the area’s best kept secrets due to their secluded nature and quiet beauty. Ask a local where the best swimming hole around is, and they will likely point you towards Gregg River Falls.

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Located 30 kilometres south of Hinton along Highway 40, Gregg River Falls offers a sparkling pool of cool, clear water amidst ancient rock formations in a quiet setting that makes for a fun and relaxing day trip. At this local favourite, the Gregg River takes a short drop, and you’ll find places deep enough to swim, as well as a shallow shoreline that’s perfect for just getting your feet wet! 

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Follow Highway 40 towards Cadomin, and keep an eye out for local wildlife – big horned sheep, grizzly bears and moose can be seen along this route. At 30 kilometres, watch for parking on the left side of the highway. Follow a short, rocky path to the edge of the river, and get set up for a few hours of fun! 

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The wide, flat rocks along the shore of the Gregg River are great spots for a picnic lunch – just be sure to load up on sunscreen, as you will catch lots of rays here! For an option with more shade, walk to the far end of the site where you’ll find some protection under the trees.

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Feeling adventurous? It’s time to make some memories! There’s nothing like leaping off the rocks near the falls into that cold mountain water on a hot summer day. Splash around and spend some time relaxing under a real life waterfall! If you’re not up for a full soak, wade up to your knees along the shore. With a blanket, a good book, and – of course – snacks, it’s easy to enjoy a full day here under the sunshine from spring through fall. 

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Gregg River Falls is a great spot to bring the family, and four-legged family members are welcome here, too! There are no lifeguards on duty, so strong swimming skills are a must and PFDs are recommended for children. 

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There are no facilities at this spot – part of the charm of spending time in the backcountry – so come prepared to pack out everything you bring in, including your garbage. Garbage left behind is hazardous to the local wildlife, soil and water. Respect the area, take care, and have fun! 

How to spend an amazing summer day in Hinton

Summer at the foot of the Canadian Rockies is as sweet as it is fleeting. One day it’s here, the next you’re watching as the leaves change and snow is in the long range forecast. We want to help you make the most of the rest of this summer, so we’re sharing a few of our favourite tips for having an amazing summer day in Hinton.

First: coffee. In case you haven’t heard, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and Hinton has some incredible restaurants for you to fuel up at before you head into the sunshine for a day of adventures. From table service to grab-and-go options, there’s something for early risers and sleepyheads alike.

Did you remember your to-go mug? A morning walk along the Beaver Boardwalk is doubly enjoyable with a second cup of joe. This freshwater boardwalk is one of Hinton’s greatest treasures, and while it’s a wonderful place for a stroll any time of day, mornings are extra special. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and if you’re lucky, you’ll have a front row seat to some beavers at work. 

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Next, head to Jasper East. This charming resort cabin village is nestled just outside the east gate of Jasper National Park. Drop in to the General Store and browse their selection of locally made artwork, pottery, jewelry and more. Visit with the roving artist, and stay for lunch at Folding Mountain Brewery – the food is great, the beer is cold, and the patio has the best view around. 

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Back in town, swing by the disc golf course with a stop by the Tourist Information Centre to pick up a set of discs. Whether you’re a seasoned disc golf pro or completely new to the game, you’re in for a treat. Our disc golf course is located across from the HMBA golf course and features 18 baskets. Be sure to wear sturdy footwear as the course winds through some of Hinton’s beautiful forest.

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Summer brings with it the best fruits and vegetables of the year! Fill your basket at the Hinton Farmer’s Market with fresh, delicious and locally grown produce. You might be surprised at the abundant varieties we can grow here!

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As the afternoon winds down and you start thinking about what’s for supper, you have some tough decisions to make! Will you take some of that fresh farmer’s market haul home and get to work in the kitchen, maybe picking up a fresh cut of meat from the butcher and a bottle of wine from one of our local liquor stores along the way? Or will you let someone else do the cooking? Hinton is home to restaurants serving up a wide variety of cuisines. There’s something for everyone, and you might have to come back to try them all. 

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If you’re lucky to be in town on a clear night, cap off your day with a trip to Athabasca Riverfront Park after the sun goes down for an incredible view of the night sky. Watch for shooting stars, and maybe even catch a glimpse of the northern lights! 

Joachim Valley Trail to Hanington Hut

With a backyard fit for adventure, Hinton boasts beautiful trails for hikers of every level, and the perfect path for any occasion. For those days when you just want to get outside for a low-key, rewarding romp in the woods, whatever the season, the Joachim Valley Trail delivers. 

Located about 30 minutes from Hinton in William A. Switzer Provincial Park, this wide, well-used, 8 kilometre out-and-back trail will take you to the site of an abandoned airplane and a log cabin that makes for one of the most beautiful picnic spots in the area, guaranteed. 

The Joachim Valley Trail begins at the Jarvis Lake Campground and features little elevation change, making it a great option for families with young kids or those looking for a more relaxed adventure. Make your way on foot or by bike (even a cruiser can tackle this trail!) through meadows bursting with wildflowers in the spring and summer, and forests with golden leaves in the fall. This trail is equally charming in the winter when it becomes a popular cross-country ski route with views of the snow-capped peaks surrounding the valley.

On the trail, you will pass a historical Métis gravesite. These burial grounds include wooden A-frame structures often referred to as “spirit houses,” which were meant to protect the remains of loved ones and items that they might require after they passed on. 

After hiking for about 3.5 kilometres, take a short detour off the trail to find the remnants of an old plane. Take a peek inside, snap a few photos and check out the signatures engraved in the side before heading back to the trail and walking a few hundred meters to your final destination: Hanington Hut.

Hanington Hut is a four-season log cabin style shelter open year-round for public use, and you’ll have your choice of places to put your pack down and have a rest. Build a campfire in the fire pit outside the cabin, or head inside to find a wood stove to keep you cozy, and a table and benches that beg for a meal and great conversation with friends. Pack in a lunch from your favourite Hinton restaurant, brown bag it, or, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, pick up a stove and a backcountry meal from one of the outdoor outfitters in town.

Could the view from Hanington Hut be any more stunning? As you fuel up, take in the sights of the valley stretching out in front of you and the mountain vistas in the distance. We don’t blame you if you don’t want to leave. Spend the afternoon watching for wildlife, catching up with friends or enjoying some peace and quiet before heading back the way you came.

Before you go:

  • This hike takes place within William A. Switzer Provincial Park. Be sure to follow the rules of the park
  • Always tell someone where you are headed, how long you will be gone and what time you will return
  • Be bear aware: carry bear spray and make lots of noise. You are in bear country!
  • Practice Leave No Trace: pack out what you pack in, and leave nothing behind

Hike and bike your way around Hinton this summer

From beginner to advanced, learn all about how you can explore Hinton’s many trails and outdoor adventures this season.

Biking on Hinton’s town trails

When visitors pass through on their way to Jasper National Park, many aren’t aware of the fact that Hinton is a hub for recreation and adventure—from beginner-friendly to advanced adventuring opportunities.

This accessible lifestyle is what draws many visitors to explore the area year after year, and has even encouraged many to make Hinton their long-term home. 

“After work, you’ll almost always find me on the trails,” said Meagan Hayashi, a local pharmacist who became active in the trail running and biking community after moving to Hinton. “I didn’t bike or run really at all before I came out here, and now I’ve completed ultramarathons and often take my mountain bike with me on vacation.” 

Meagan running the Overlander Trail in Jasper National Park

The key to getting involved is just getting started. 

It’s easy to get overwhelmed about where to begin, however, a good place to start is simply exploring Hinton’s Beaver Boardwalk, the connecting Happy Creek Trail System, or checking out the bike park to improve your skills. All of these spaces are right in town, close to amenities, and frequently used by others who are very familiar with the trails. 

Happy Creek Trail System

What separates Hinton from other places in Alberta with opportunities for outdoor adventure is the variety of different things you can do, the suitability for different skill levels, and how close everything is from Hinton’s Green Square—a very central location in town where you’ll find our Explore Hinton Visitor Information Centre

  • For example, it only takes five minutes to drive to Beaver Boardwalk, where you can go for a short, easy stroll. Create your own longer adventure from the boardwalk by connecting onto the Happy Creek Trail system, or visiting Hinton’s bike park.
  • For a more ambitious adventure, hike up Mount Solomon or Folding Mountain just outside of town—both trailheads are located within 20 minutes of the Explore Hinton Visitor Information Centre in Green Square. 
  • In William A. Switzer Provincial Park, you’ll find a variety of trails varying from short adventures to longer treks. We recommend the Athabasca Lookout and Joachim Valley Trail as two excursions you won’t want to miss.
The Athabasca Lookout in William A. Switzer Provincial Park, photo courtesy of Scott Sunderwald

This summer, consider hiking and biking your way around Hinton. To learn more about mountain biking in and near Hinton, connect with @BikeHinton on Instagram or at bikehinton.com.

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With Alberta’s safe opening on the horizon, it’s time to plan how you’ll explore Hinton this summer. Here are some easy itineraries to help you make the most of your overnight visit or long weekend getaway in Alberta’s scenic Northern Rockies. 

Where is Hinton and why should I visit?

Hinton is located minutes east of the Jasper National Park gates in Alberta—centrally located close to many incredible places and experiences you won’t want to miss out on this summer. Hinton and its surrounding area, which includes numerous provincial parks and Jasper National Park, has become increasingly known as a hidden gem to explore in western Canada.

Where should you stay?

In Hinton, you have the option to stay in accommodations that range from incredibly scenic campsites, cabins, and traditional hotel accommodations both in town and at the doorstep of Alberta’s Northern Rockies. Learn more about Hinton’s accommodations.

Eager to get planning your next Alberta getaway? Read on to see what should be on your to-do list!

You have: an overnight trip

Day 1: explore the town

Trails, local charm, local food. Check out some of Hinton’s local municipal parks like the Beaver Boardwalk, the Athabasca Riverfront Park, Mary Reimer Park, or the Natural Resources Interpretive Park to learn about local life and history. To dig deeper consider checking out the Northern Rockies Museum for a deeper look at our region’s unique history, or visit local shops.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, rent some discs at Explore Hinton’s Visitor Information Centre and try our 18-hole disc golf course. If mountain biking is your thing, check out Hinton’s renowned Bike Park

Day 2: explore nearby

When you stay in Hinton, it’s easy to grab a local cup of coffee and breakfast before you head out to explore. When Hinton’s your base camp, there are adventures to be found within an hour in every direction:

The Athabasca Lookout in William A. Switzer Provincial Park

These are just a few of the many, many things that Hinton and the surrounding provincial & national parks have to offer. After a day of exploring, come back and relax at your accommodations, grab some takeout, and enjoy some of our local green spaces.

You have: an entire long weekend! 

This is without a doubt the best way to explore all there is to see and do in (and near) Hinton—whether you’re taking a traditional long weekend to explore, or you’ve made your own DIY long weekend in the middle of the week.

Day 1: Once you’ve checked into your hotel or campsite, it’s time to figure out what’s for dinner.

Check out a local restaurant in town, and top it off with a movie at the PATH* or a sunset walk at the Athabasca Riverfront Park. End your day by making a list of the incredible photo spots you won’t want to miss during your Hinton getaway.

Athabasca Riverfront Park
Day 2: This is your day to go out and explore.

There are endless opportunities of things to see and do. Stop by the Explore Hinton Visitor Information Centre for tips and advice. 

Horseback riding in Willmore Wilderness Park, photo courtesy of Scott Sunderwald

Don’t have your own equipment? Check out some local businesses in town like Vicious Cycle, Maximum Outfitters, and High Calibre Sports for any purchasing or renting needs. These business owners are also avid adventurers themselves and can provide advice on things to see and do. 

Day 3: Take some time to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Go for an easy stroll around the Beaver Boardwalk, or head into Jasper National Park to take a soak in the Miette Hot Springs. If you haven’t yet, consider hitting the links! Book a tee time for a round of golf right in town, where you’ll be able to enjoy panoramic mountain views from the course.

Beaver Boardwalk
Day 4: Before you head home…

Dine at one of our local establishments and pick up a souvenir from your travels!

*Due to COVID-19, operational closures may be in effect.

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Rainy days come for everyone – even in Hinton, where we often have a sunny climate. If the rain makes you want to spend the day wrapped up under the covers, read on for …
Stay and Play in Hinton, Alberta
Thinking of heading to the mountains for your next adventure? Known as the Gateway to the Rockies, Hinton, Alberta has an expansive natural playground for you to discover right in its backyard, and all …