Beaver Boardwalk


Hinton's Beaver Boardwalk is a local treasure. An interpretative location where Hintonites and visitors from around the world can walk into the wetlands and discover the full breadth of our natural surroundings, without trekking into deep bush.

The world's longest freshwater boardwalk is a great family outing that showcases the local wetland system around Maxwell Lake.

Numbers of beavers vary from year to year, but at times there are upwards of a dozen in the area. The boardwalk meanders through marshland and fens, bringing visitors close to the active beaver dam and lodge.

Visiting in the warm weather months, early morning or evening is the best time to see the beavers hard at work. Numerous species of birds, butterflies, as well as deer frequent the boardwalk area and surrounding trail systems.


Rotary Spray and Play Park


The Rotary Spray and Play Park is a great way to cool off during the warm summer months! The Spray Park is open seasonally for kids and families to beat the heat, relax on the grass or picnic tables. The inclusive playground located adjacent offers kids of all abilities a fun place to play. Washrooms are located on site.


Town Parks and Playgrounds


Looking for a free way to get outside and play? Visit any of our many municipal parks and playgrounds, including the Athabasca Riverfront Park, Rotary Spray and Play Park, Hinton Centre Playground, and more!

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As a volunteer-run group, the Hinton Mountain Biking Association (HMBA) is committed to providing and maintaining free access multi-purpose mountain bike trails and facilities, for use by the public. As well, the group promotes local mountain bike events and activities for community participation in healthy recreation.

Hinton is becoming well-known as a Mountain Bike Mecca, with an outstanding mountain bike skills park that is fun, accessible, safe, and free of charge, as well as boasting over 50 km of cross-country trails that can be accessed from the skills park.

In particular, the Happy Creek Trail System presents a series of connecting single-track trails with a wide range of options for all skill levels. Rolling terrain and an interesting mix of roots, sidehills, climbs, stunts, boardwalks and viewpoints make this a local favorite.

New in 2019 is the Bighorn Trail project led by industry partner West Fraser on a 10 kilometre uphill trail built to the top of the Bighorn Ridge, with riders returning via a 5 kilometre downhill trail or continuing on an existing 10 kilometre ridge trail. Incredible terrain and breathtaking views will reward Bighorn Trail riders!

Vicious Cycle has rentals available - contact them to learn more


Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage


The Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage is a community hub for the 'Gateway to the Rockies'. Providing visitors with authentic experiences through genuine interaction with educated staff on local history, culture and industry. With a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor and Facebook, the Northern Rockies Museum is a small museum with a powerful impact. Now offering over 10 children's and 5 adult programming options, there is a new adventure waiting for anyone at the museum.

Our site features Hinton's original Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Station House housing rotating exhibits, a 1912 Louisville Kentucky Railcar, community garden, trailheads to Forestry Interpretive Trails and a gift shop with Hinton souvenirs.


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Operating Hours:

Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Hinton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Centre

Located along Highway 16 in Hinton, AB this Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is a great place to stop and get great information on both the local area and the province Alberta. Very helpful and knowledgeable VIC staff can help with quick questions and trip planning information. This VIC offers free WiFi, complimentary coffee and plenty of parking.

The Visitor Information Centre also offers pass and license sales, including:

  • National Park Passes (day and annual)

  • National Park Fishing Licenses

  • Hot Spring Tickets

  • Skytram Flights

  • Maligne Lake Tours

  • Icefield Explorer Adventure passes