Our Built Environment Strengths

Features of Our Built Strengths
The Hinton townsite stretches long and narrow, its 3,288.5 hectares paralleling the Athabasca River, the CN railway and Highway 16. This stretched configuration, coupled with the presence of two distinct terraces (known locally as hill and valley), creates navigation challenges, impacts infrastructure needs and limits options for future development.

The town has grown to encompass nine urban districts: Terrace Heights, Mountain View, Hardisty, Thompson Lake, Hillcrest, Eaton, West Riverside, Riverside and Miette. The districts are disconnected from each other, in part because some are on the hill while others are in the valley. The lack of a central downtown and the prevalence of single-detached dwellings rather than more compact housing adds to our town’s sprawling character.
The Hinton service area also encompasses 13 rural communities: Aspen Heights, Brule, Cadomin, Carldale, Entrance, Folding Mountain, Grandview Estates, Mountain View Estates, Maskuta Estates, Obed, Old Entrance, Overlander and Seabolt Estates.

The primary means of travel is by motorized vehicle on the town’s 90- kilometer road network. Public transportation is available six days a week, but as we heard during community consultations, “Hinton’s vehicle- centric culture is not conducive to transit use.” Multi-use trails link some districts, but gaps exist in both trails and sidewalks. People living in some districts are forced to cross the high-speed, four-lane Highway 16 to reach amenities and shops. Residents recommend connecting trails, linking sidewalks and ensuring that corners are ramped for wheelchair accessibility.