Alberta Highway 33
|Length||218.6 km (135.8 mi)|
|South end||Hwy 43 near Gunn|
| Hwy 18 in Barrhead|
Hwy 32 in Swan Hills
|North end||Hwy 2 near Kinuso|
|Lac Ste. Anne County, County of Barrhead No. 11, Woodlands County, Big Lakes County|
|Towns||Barrhead, Swan Hills|
|Provincial highways in Alberta
Alberta Provincial Highway No. 33, commonly referred to as Highway 33 and officially named Grizzly Trail, is a north–south highway in west–central Alberta, Canada.
Highway 33 begins at Highway 43 near the hamlet of Gunn and travels north to the town of Barrhead. North of Barrhead, Highway 33 turns northwest, crossing the Athabasca River at Fort Assiniboine, before reaching the town of Swan Hills. Highway 33 continues north from Swan Hills to Highway 2 east of Kinuso. Highway 33 is about 219 kilometres (136 mi) in length.
Highway 33 follows the original Klondike Trail, which was advertised by Edmonton merchants as the shortest route to the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush, from the Athabasca River at Pruden's Crossing, near Fort Assiniboine, through present-day Swan Hills and along the Swan River to north to present-day Kinuso. The trail followed a very difficult and dangerous route and by 1901-02 use of the trail declined, soon after it was abandoned altogether in favour of other routes to the Peace River area.
Highway 33 originally started as short highway that connected Highway 43, 7 km (4 mi) south of Onoway, to Alberta Beach. In the 1970s, Highway 33 was extended north to Barrhead from Gunn, resulting in a 8 km (5 mi) gap between Alberta Beach and Gunn. Highway 18, which ran between Barrhead and Swan Hills, was renumbered to Highway 33 and the highway was extended north to Kinuso. In c. 1985, the original section to Alberta Beach became part of Highway 633.
From south to north:
|Lac Ste. Anne County||||−18.7||−11.6||Hwy 43 – Grande Prairie, Edmonton||South of Onoway; former eastern terminus|
|−10.6||−6.6||Hwy 633 west – Darwell||Former Hwy 634|
|Alberta Beach||−8.1||−5.0||Former western terminus|
|8 km (5 mi) gap|
|||0.0||0.0||Hwy 43 – Edmonton, Whitecourt, Grande Prairie||East of Gunn|
|County of Barrhead No. 11||||28.0||17.4||Hwy 651 east – Legal|
|30.0||18.6||Crosses the Pembina River|
|31.9||19.8||Hwy 654 west||South end of Hwy 654 concurrency|
|38.3||23.8||Hwy 654 east – Manola||North end of Hwy 654 concurrency|
|Barrhead||44.8||27.8||Hwy 18 west (53 Avenue) – Mayerthorpe||South end of Hwy 18 concurrency|
|||48.0||29.8||Hwy 18 east – Westlock||Hwy 33 branches west;|
north end of Hwy 18 concurrency
|||79.7||49.5||Hwy 763 south – Tiger Lilly|
|↑ / ↓||||82.3||51.1||Crosses the Athabasca River|
|Woodlands County||Fort Assiniboine||83.9||52.1||Hwy 661 east – Dapp||Hwy 33 branches northwest|
|||91.1||56.6||Hwy 658 west – Goose Lake, Blue Ridge|
|Big Lakes County||Swan Hills||145.2||90.2||Hwy 32 south – Whitecourt||Hwy 33 branches north|
|||218.6||135.8||Hwy 2 – Peace River, Slave Lake, Edmonton||East of Kinuso|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
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