Alberta Highway 40
|Bighorn Highway, Kananaskis Trail, Forestry Trunk Road|
|Maintained by Alberta Transportation|
|Restrictions:||Annually closed between Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and Hwy 541 from December 1 - June 14.|
|Crowsnest Pass segment|
|Length:||3.8 km (2.4 mi)|
|South end:||Hwy 3 in Coleman|
|North end:||Forestry Trunk Road north of Coleman|
|Kananaskis Trail segment|
|Length:||104 km (65 mi)|
|South end:||Hwy 541 in Highwood House|
|North end:||Hwy 1 (TCH) south of Seebe|
|Forestry Trunk Road segment|
|Length:||46 km (29 mi)|
|South end:||Hwy 1A east of Ghost Lake|
|North end:||Hwy 579 north of Waiparous|
|Length:||434 km (270 mi)|
|South end:||Hwy 734 south of Coalspur|
| Hwy 47 in Coalspur
Hwy 16 (TCH) in Hinton
|North end:||Hwy 43 in Grande Prairie|
|Crowsnest Pass, M.D. of Ranchland No. 66, Kananaskis I.D., M.D. of Bighorn No. 8, Rocky View County, Yellowhead County, M.D. Greenview No. 16, County of Grande Prairie No. 1|
|Major cities:||Grande Prairie|
|Towns:||Hinton, Grande Cache|
Alberta Provincial Highway No. 40, commonly referred to as Highway 40, is a south-north highway in western Alberta, Canada. It is also named Bighorn Highway and Kananaskis Trail in Kananaskis Country. Its segmented sections extend from Coleman in the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass northward to the City of Grande Prairie and is currently divided into four sections.
The southernmost section is gravel; it runs for 3.9 km (2.4 mi) through the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, where it then becomes the Forestry Trunk Road to Highway 541, which has a combined length of 102 km (63 mi).
The second section of Highway 40 is Kananaskis Trail, which is paved and runs through Kananaskis Country for 104 km (65 mi) from Highway 541, over Highwood Pass, and through Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and Spray Valley Provincial Park. The highway passes Kananaskis Village before terminating at the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1).
The third section is gravel and is part of the Forestry Trunk Road, which runs 46 km (29 mi) from Highway 1A to Highway 579. The highway continues as the Forestry Trunk Road and Highway 734 for approximately 293 km (182 mi), through the Rocky Mountains Forest Reserve. The intention is that one day the entire road will be a continuous paved highway. In the past, other gravel sections were named Highway 940; the 900 series in Alberta is used for temporary names. There is no signed connection between the Kananaskis Trail section and the Forestry Trunk Road section; however, it is connected by using Highway 1, Highway 1X, and Highway 1A between Seebe and Ghost Lake.
The fourth section is 434 km (270 mi) and runs from the Lovett River in Yellowhead County to the City of Grande Prairie. The 61 km (38 mi) section south of Cadomin is gravel while the remainder is paved. The highway shares 2 km (1.2 mi) concurrency with the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16), before continuing north and passing through the Town of Grande Cache en route to Grande Prairie.
If the segments of the Forestry Trunk Road and Highway 40 were connected, the total length would be approximately 1,027 km (638 mi) and it would be the second longest highway in Alberta.
Starting from the south end of Highway 40:
|Coleman||0||0.0||Hwy 3 (Crowsnest Highway) – Lethbridge, Fort Macleod, Fernie, Cranbrook|
|↑ / ↓||||3.8||2.4||Municipal boundary —
North end of Hwy 40 • South end of Forestry Trunk Road
|M. D. of Ranchland No. 66||||33||21||Township Road 104A – Bob Creek Wildland Provincial Park||Former Hwy 517
|||72||45||Hwy 532 east – Chain Lakes Provincial Park|
|Highwood House||105||65||Hwy 541 east – Longview||South end of Kananaskis Trail
South end of seasonal closure
|North end of Forestry Trunk Road • South end of Hwy 40|
|||142||88||Highwood Pass – el. 2,206 m (7,238 ft) —|
|160||99||Kananaskis Lakes Trail||North end of seasonal closure
Former Hwy 742
|||186||116||Mount Allan Drive – Kananaskis Village, Nakiska|
|||201||125||Hwy 68 east (Sibbald Creek Trail)|
|Stoney I.R. Nos. 142, 143, and 144||||209||130||Hwy 1 (TCH) (Trans-Canada Highway) – Canmore, Banff, Calgary||Grade separated; exit 118
North end of Kananaskis Trail
|Hwy 40 is discontinuous for 45 km (28 mi).|
|Rocky View County||||254||158||Hwy 1A (Bow Valley Trail) – Canmore, Cochrane, Calgary||Forestry Trunk Road concurrency begins
|M.D. of Bighorn No. 8||Waiparous||271||168||Hummingbird Lane|
|||300||190||Hwy 579 east – Water Valley, Cremona|
|North end of Hwy 40 • South end of Forestry Trunk Road|
|↑ / ↓||||326||203||Municipal boundary —
South end of Hwy 734 (Forestry Trunk Road)
|Clearwater County||||378||235||Hwy 584 east – Sundre|
|||399||248||Hwy 591 east – Caroline|
|||425||264||Hwy 752 north – Rocky Mountain House|
|Nordegg||515||320||Hwy 11 – Saskatchewan River Crossing, Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer|
|Yellowhead County||Elk River I.R. 233||583||362||Lodgepole-Lovett Forestry Road|
|||593||368||Crosses Lovett River —
North end of Hwy 734 (Forestry Trunk Road) • South end of Hwy 40
|Coalspur||626||389||Hwy 47 north – Robb, Edson|
|Mercoal||633||393||Mercoal Main Road|
|||635||395||Crosses the McLeod River —|
|Cadomin||654||406||road||Hwy 40 branches northwest
|||635||395||Crosses the Gregg River —|
|Hinton||701||436||Hwy 16 (TCH) east – Hinton, Edmonton||Hwy 40 branches west.
East end of Hwy 16 concurrency.
|||703||437||Hwy 16 (TCH) west – Jasper, Prince George, Kamloops||Hwy 40 branches north.
West end of Hwy 16 concurrency.
|||708||440||Crosses the Athabasca River —|
|||709||441||Brule Road – Brule|
|||726||451||PAR 123 – William A. Switzer Provincial Park|
|M.D. of Greenview No. 16||||805||500||Road – Pierre Grey's Lakes Provincial Park|
|Muskeg River||810||500||Forestry Trunk Road||Former Hwy 734
|Grande Cache||841||523||Hoppe Avenue, 100 Avenue|
|||846||526||Crosses the Smoky River —|
|||1,016||631||Hwy 666 west – Grovedale||Grade separated
|↑ / ↓||||1,017||632||Crosses the Wapiti River —|
|County of Grande Prairie No. 1||||1,021||634||Hwy 668 east (37 Avenue) / Township Road 710|
|City of Grande Prairie||1,024||636||68 Avenue|
|1,027||638||Hwy 43 – Airport, Dawson Creek, Peace River, Edmonton|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
Highway 40 in Grande Cache
Bighorn Highway, westbound, east of Grande Cache
Kananaskis Trail at Highwood Pass
- "Annual Road Closures". Alberta Parks. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
- Provincial Highways Designation Order, Alberta Transportation, p. 7
- "2015 Provincial Highway 1-216 Progress Chart" (PDF). Alberta Transportation. March 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on April 10, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
- Google (November 4, 2016). "Central Alberta section of Highway 40 in Alberta" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
- Google (November 4, 2016). "Northern section of Highway 40 in Alberta" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
- "Provincial Highways: 500 - 986 Progress Chart" (PDF). Alberta Transportation. March 2015. Retrieved July 19, 2016.