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.
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.
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.
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.
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!