Hinton (pop 9640) is a small town on the Yellowhead Highway in the Alberta Rockies region of Alberta, Canada.


Hinton is a small railway town in the Athabasca River valley, 80km (50 miles) northeast of Jasper National Park. While a native smallpox camp occupied a site along Hardisty Creek in 1870, the hamlet itself was established in 1911 and named for William P. Hinton, vice president of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The Hinton coal mine opened in 1931; a pulp mill opened in 1955.

Grand Trunk's ill-fated expansion westward bankrupted the line as the more valuable southern route through Calgary (along what is now Trans-Canada Highway 1) had already been claimed by rival Canadian Pacific Railway and a short-lived third national railway (Canadian Northern Railway) covered much of the same territory. Canadian National has operated the line since 1923. At 8:40 AM on February 8, 1986 a CN freight train passed multiple red (stop) signals and jumped a switch to enter the mainline, colliding with a passenger train near Hinton and killing twenty-three; a historic plaque marks the crash site (near Carldale Road east of Hinton).

Hinton, mile 978 west of Winnipeg, remains as a flag stop on Via Rail's Canadian train. The town is one of two staging areas for expeditions in the Willmore Wilderness Park (the other being Grande Cache) and is home to the Wild Mountain Music Fest, a weekend long show hosted by the Entrance Ranch.

Get in

By car

The Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) runs through town. Highway 40 (north-south) runs west of Hinton.

By bus

By rail

Get around

By bus

By air










Brûlé is 16km (10 miles) northwest of Hinton on Highway 40.

Go next

Routes through Hinton

Vancouver Jasper  W  E  Edson Edmonton
Prince George Jasper  W  E  Edson Edmonton

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