How to plan your Hinton stopover or adventure-filled day trip this summer

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 get you started—from your 1-hour stopover to your adventure-filled day trip in Alberta’s Northern Rockies.

Planning to stay longer? Check out Explore Hinton’s itineraries for overnight and long-weekend getaways. 
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Where is Hinton and why should I visit?

Hinton is located minutes east of the Jasper National Park gates in Alberta. If you’re driving from Edmonton, you will likely pass through Hinton on your way into Jasper National Park. Recently, Hinton and its surrounding area have become known as a fantastic hidden gem to explore in Alberta. So, here’s how you can avoid missing out on exploring Hinton this summer, no matter how much time you have.

You have: an hour or so
image: Explore Hinton visitor information centre in green square

Looking for a local fuel-up? Green Square is conveniently located just off the highway in the heart of town. Even if you’re just passing through, you can grab a great local bite, pick up travel tips and brochures from the Explore Hinton Visitor Information Centre, and enjoy a picnic in the square. Over the summer, food trucks will often park in the square.

You have: a morning or afternoon

Trying to make it to your reservation or event later in the day? Having a few hours in the morning or afternoon is plenty of time to go for a scenic walk and get immersed in Hinton’s local charm. 

  • Explore Hinton’s Beaver Boardwalk, the world’s longest freshwater boardwalk showcasing the local wetland system, which also serves as an access point to the town’s trail network and nearby bike park. This can’t-miss-it spot is perfect for the whole family.  
  • Take a couple hours to immerse yourself in Hinton’s local town charm by visiting the Valley District. Here, you’ll find a selection of locally owned and operated restaurants and shops that you won’t want to miss out on. The Performing Arts Theatre of Hinton (the PATH), the Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre, and parks including Mary Reimer Regional Park are all conveniently located nearby in Hinton’s Valley District. 
You have: come here for a day of adventure

Every year, many visitors come to Hinton for an adventure-filled day trip. You may have heard of Hinton referred to as a “mountain bike mecca”—and it’s true! Many locals are fantastic mountain bikers, and highly recommend visiting Hinton’s trail system and bike park for a day of awesome riding. We recommend checking out the Hinton Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) to learn more, and stopping by Vicious Cycle for a tune up or gear. 

There are many other ways to explore Hinton when you come here for a day of adventure. Spend a day with your friends or family finding great photo spots, running or hiking the trails, or spending a day in nearby William A. Switzer Provincial Park. When you come to Hinton for a day of adventure, you won’t be disappointed.

Looking for more? A day trip is hardly enough time to explore and enjoy Hinton. With a wide variety of accommodations from fantastic camping opportunities to more traditional hotel accommodations in town and near Jasper National Park, learn about how you can make the most of your Hinton getaway this summer.

Author: explorehinton