Area Overview

Hinton is situated at the "Gateway to the Rocky Mountains" in the picturesque Athabasca River Valley, 29 km from the East gate of Jasper National Park and 287 km west of Edmonton, on Highway 16, "the Yellowhead".

Hinton started in the 1900's as a small settlement of approximately 100 residents, serving as a construction campground for the railroad, coal mining centre, and logging activities. Growing dramatically after the construction of the Pulp Mills in 1955, and the subsequent addition of three major coal mining operations, Hinton is now a Regional Centre for many services.

The Town is serviced by two shopping areas and a shopping mall and prides itself on its recreation center that contains two ice arenas, an indoor swimming pool, racquetball and squash courts, a day care centre, people's centre, arts and crafts room and modern library, and a world class skateboard park.