How to support local this season

It’s Small Business Week, which means it’s the perfect time to show some extra local love.

The Wild Orchid Liquor Company
In Hinton, just outside of the Jasper National Park gates, you’ll find a bustling local community filled with local entrepreneurs, experts, artists and passionate community members.

It’s this bustling community-feel that makes Hinton unlike any other town surrounded by world-class outdoor adventure. The shopping, the friendliness, the local expertise, and so much more will have you feeling like a local, even if you’re only here for an afternoon.

It almost goes without saying that 2020 has been a particularly difficult year. So, in honour of Small Business Week, we’ve compiled ways that you can show some extra local love in Hinton, Alberta—the gateway to the Alberta Rockies.

Buy local

King Drug

Did the recent snowfall remind you that the holiday season is right around the corner? Consider buying gifts early, and with that authentic local flair.

Try supporting #HintonFirst by stopping by local boutiques, buying merchandise from your favourite local cafes and breweries, or checking out the many local shops offering specialty goods—from holiday liquor baskets to the latest and greatest board games.

Eat local

Tandoori Kona

The most delicious (and maybe the easiest?) way to support local. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or treat others, or even buy a gift card as a treat for later, there are many ways to explore Hinton’s diverse and delicious food scene.

Support local artists and makers

Explore Hinton Visitor Information Centre

Did you know that you can buy local artwork at the Explore Hinton Visitor Information Centre, The Old Grind, Hinton’s Farmers’ Market, My Slice of Paradise, and other places around town?

Hinton is home to many talented artists, photographers, woodworkers, and builders—so if you’ve been trying to find that perfect piece, you’ll likely find the perfect thing in Hinton.

Try something new

Being surrounded by outdoor adventure has its perks: you never have to look far to be inspired to try something new.

Haven’t had a pair of skates in 10 years? Always been interested in trying out skiing or snowshoeing? Why not give it a try this season! Stop by Hinton’s local shops for great gear and advice.

Learn from a local

From hiking and trail rides with local guides, to learning essential outdoor skills, to skating and skiing lessons, Hinton’s local experts can be extremely helpful.

Check out Explore Hinton’s list of local tour operators or keep an eye on events through the Hinton & District Chamber of Commerce to see what skills you can learn from locals!

Buy a new membership

Support your favourite local things to do by picking up or renewing your membership!

Show your support for the Hinton Mountain Bike Association, the Hinton Nordic Centre, the Hinton Disc Golf Association, the Northern Rockies Museum of Culture & Heritage, the Hinton Golf Club, and many others who provide awesome opportunities for everyone to enjoy.

We hope you feel inspired to show some extra local love this season.

Share your adventures with us by tagging @ExploreHinton on Instagram and Facebook!

Author: explorehinton