Hinton, with a population of 10,000 is 10 kilometres east of Jasper (just outside the park boundary), and 270 km. west of Edmonton. The town was established following the construction of a pulp mill in the 1950's and several modern coal mines in the 70's and 80's. Hinton has developed in two separate areas, about 5 km. apart, known to residents as the "Hill" and the "Valley," with the pulp mill in between.
Official town web site
Business Directory for Hinton
Hinton has three elementary schools, a recently renovated high school, and a Separate School Board. There is also an excellent community college with several programs including first year university courses. The town also has a privately operated environmental training center
There is lots of good shopping right in the town.
The town has excellent recreational facilities including a 25-meter indoor pool, a toddler pool, hot tub and sauna, plus fitness room, racquetball and squash courts, 2 arenas, and a curling rink. There is a golf course, a world-class cross-country skiing facility, a public campground, stock car track west of town, and several tennis courts and baseball diamonds. The town is close to the mountains, and has many opportunities for camping, hiking, downhill skiing, fishing, and hunting (the latter two, not inside the National Park!) The town also has a movie theatre, with a stage for local theatre productions.