Town of Hinton
Hours of Sunshine: 2100 hours per year
Annual Precipitation: 50cm
Many people come to Hinton for the job opportunities, but stay for the lifestyle the community offers. Centrally located to numerous parks, lakes, trails and stunning recreation spots, Hinton offers a wide range of outdoor recreational pursuits.
Long summer days offer the opportunity for residents and visitors to get to know the local golf course, or mountain biking and hiking trails in Hinton’s backyard; or venture further, to explore the kayaking, horseback riding and quadding available in Alberta’s foothills and Rocky Mountains. Hinton is home to the Beaver Boardwalk, Canada’s longest freshwater boardwalk, which features a busy beaver dam and lodge, as well as 150 species of birds.
Winter months are comfortable here, with regular Chinook winds reducing the snow pack, warming the air and lifting residents’ spirits. Cross-country and downhill skiing facilities are not far from Hinton, as well as ice-fishing and snowmobiling opportunities, making the town a logical home base for all winter recreation enthusiasts.
Hinton plays regional centre to neighbouring communities with services, amenities, education and healthcare to meet the needs of those living in the Yellowhead corridor. Hinton offers promising career opportunities in a diverse set of fields because of many strong and successful industries. Hinton’s economy includes coal mining, oil and gas, tourism, a pulp and saw mill, and forestry research and training. Jasper National Park is 15 minutes to the west of Hinton, and Edmonton is approximately 3 hours to the East; Highway 16, which runs through Hinton, makes for easy travel to either location.
Hintonites are friendly, hospitable people who are proud of the community’s heritage and accomplishments, and who warmly welcome newcomers and visitors.