I was impressed that I was provided a trail guide at my motel .... it's title: Multi-purpose recreations trails of Hinton, Alberta. Wow, I did manage to take a short walk down one of them during my stay ... but didn't bring my camera :(
These paths are well maintained, some are paved, some are gravel and they range in timing from a quick 3 minute jaunt, to a 25 minute walk and are all withing the town limits. There are other trails that take you into the countryside surrounding Hinton that are on the listed website. So wander the internet, than tie on your shoes and enjoy the day ........
462 Smith St, Hinton, T7V 2A1, Canada
Good for: Solo
782 Carmichael Lane, Hinton, T7V 0A6, Canada
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
828 Carmichael Lane, Hinton, T7V 1T1, Canada
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
Ask any Canadian about Tim Hortons - they all know what Tim Hortons is. It's as common to us as hockey is. Tim Hortons doesn't just serve coffee - Grab your breakfast there, choices of muffins, bagels or even Egg sandwiches. Have lunch and choose from their many varieties of freshly made sandwiches or daily made soup. And don't forget to try one of...more
The outside may not have much to draw people in, but the food is good. It has a limited selection, but good quality. Later in the day, some options may run out.The back of of the establishment also serves as a kitchen supply store.Open Mon ~ Sat : 8am to 6pmSun 11am to 4pm All items are made in house and even though I'm not a coffee drinker, my...more
The Olympia supports my long held theory that when visiting a small town, try a privately run restaurant and you'll most often be very pleased. Such was the case with this wonderful establishment!As I always do when entering a new community, I searched Google Maps and carefully read the reviews of several restaurants. The Olympia had consistently...more
This little local eatery kept me entertained as I eavesdropped on various conversations surrounding me .......... a great education on the families of Grande Cache and their histories :)The food was good, filling, and yet interesting in a different way than I expected. I had the Donair sandwich. Okay, sounded like a Gyros, but it wasn't quite what...more
Candadians and some Americans have access to Tim Horton's on a regular basis ....... I do not! So I loved stopping for lunches at the various locations I found during my Alberta travels :) This time I simply had an egg salad sandwich ..... again enjoying every bite of their delicious bread!more
At the reccomendation of my motel owner, I wandered over to the Olympia. A local restaurant with a Grecian theme ... though I noticed that Greek food in Canada is a little different than Greek food in the States :) I ordered spanakopita, lamb souvlaki, and brought a decadent chocolate dessert back to the motel for my late night snack.The...more
There is nothing special about this store. The reason I chose this is because every time I travel to Jasper I stop in here to get my groceries for my stay in Jasper. I always book a hotel in Jasper that has a kitchenette.
The prices in Jasper are more expensive than in Hinton so it makes more sense to grab them when I'm passing through Hinton.
What to buy: Groceries for my trip to Jasper.
What to pay: The average price of groceries.
I never actually saw a bear, but with the weather changing, and hibernation nearing, there were a lot of bear sightings during my stay. There are signs and pamplets to educate folks about wildlife encounter safety ....... but this little handwritten sign at Sulphur Gates staging area was the most impressive sign I saw on my entire journey. It was not there when I entered my path, and was there when I exited my path at about 3:30pm ..... I didn't hang around very long as I had no idea where Hell's gate might be :)
Old Entrance B&B is just outside Hinton. If you're looking for a quiet place close to nature, this is the place. They have 4 cabins for renting. They are known as the Rustic Ridge, the Brown, the White and the Grey Cabin. Each of them hold varying amounts of guests. I stayed in the Brown Cabin, the smallest of the 3. It has a futon that becomes the...more
Grande Cache is near one of the staging areas for the Willmore Wilderness area, and so was added to my itinerary. The visitor center is one of the first places you encounter as you enter town on Hwy 40 from the south.Their displays include interpretive exhibits on local aboriginal peoples, fur trading,local industry as well as natural history.The...more
I had seen this park on a map, but it meant nothing to me until I got into the Hinton area and began talking with locals. After hearing their descriptions, I was stoked! So .... off I went, with a hand drawn map from the visitor center to guide me to one of my stopping points.My first stop was Athabasca Tower which allows a panoramic viewpoint over...more
I have never read so much information that I could actually use as I did on this journey! I found the guides provided at the Visitor Centers helpful and very informative. In addition to letting you know what to do in each area, they breakdown trails by difficulty and length, access and other important factors.
These guides also provide information on places to stay - including tables that include high and low season rates, locations, and contact information.
I couldn't have had as much fun as I did exploring Western Alberta without all this this needed information right at my fingertips ... so take the time to pick up these publications - really!