Alberta Highway 40

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Highway 40
Bighorn Highway, Kananaskis Trail, Forestry Trunk Road
Route information
Maintained by Alberta Transportation
Restrictions: Annually closed between Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and Hwy 541 from December 1 - June 14.[1]
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
Northern segment
Length: 434 km (270 mi)
South end: Hwy 734 south of Coalspur
Major
junctions:
Hwy 47 in Coalspur
Hwy 16 (TCH) in Hinton
North end: Hwy 43 in Grande Prairie
Location
Specialized
and rural
municipalities:
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
Highway system

Provincial highways in Alberta

Hwy 39 Hwy 41

Alberta Provincial Highway No. 40, commonly referred to as Highway 40, is a south-north highway in western Alberta, Canada.[2] 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.[3]

Route description[edit]

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).[4]

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.[5]

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.

Major intersections[edit]

Starting from the south end of Highway 40:

Rural/specialized municipality Location km mi Destinations Notes
Municipality of
Crowsnest Pass
Coleman 0 0.0 Hwy 3 (Crowsnest Highway) – Lethbridge, Fort Macleod, Fernie, Cranbrook 49°38′11″N 114°29′52″W / 49.63639°N 114.49778°W / 49.63639; -114.49778 (40 km 0000)
↑ / ↓ 3.8 2.4 Municipal boundary49°39′20.1″N 114°28′46.4″W / 49.655583°N 114.479556°W / 49.655583; -114.479556 (40 km 0004)
North end of Hwy 40[3] • 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
49°51′33″N 114°23′21″W / 49.85917°N 114.38917°W / 49.85917; -114.38917 (40 km 0033)
Kananaskis I.D.
(Kananaskis Country)
72 45 Hwy 532 east – Chain Lakes Provincial Park 50°10′47″N 114°28′9″W / 50.17972°N 114.46917°W / 50.17972; -114.46917 (40 km 0072)
Highwood House 105 65 Hwy 541 east – Longview South end of Kananaskis Trail
South end of seasonal closure[1]
50°22′59″N 114°39′5″W / 50.38306°N 114.65139°W / 50.38306; -114.65139 (40 km 0105)
North end of Forestry Trunk Road • South end of Hwy 40
142 88 Highwood Pass – el. 2,206 m (7,238 ft) — 50°35′57.7″N 114°59′22.2″W / 50.599361°N 114.989500°W / 50.599361; -114.989500 (40 km 0142)
Peter Lougheed
Provincial Park
160 99 Kananaskis Lakes Trail North end of seasonal closure[1]
Former Hwy 742
50°42′52.0″N 115°06′36.6″W / 50.714444°N 115.110167°W / 50.714444; -115.110167 (40 km 0160)
186 116 Mount Allan Drive – Kananaskis Village, Nakiska 50°55′56″N 115°7′36″W / 50.93222°N 115.12667°W / 50.93222; -115.12667 (40 km 0186)
201 125 Hwy 68 east (Sibbald Creek Trail) 51°2′24″N 115°1′45″W / 51.04000°N 115.02917°W / 51.04000; -115.02917 (40 km 0201)
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
51°6′14″N 115°1′14″W / 51.10389°N 115.02056°W / 51.10389; -115.02056 (40 km 0209)
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
51°13′27″N 114°39′36″W / 51.22417°N 114.66000°W / 51.22417; -114.66000 (40 km 0254)
M.D. of Bighorn No. 8 Waiparous 271 168 Hummingbird Lane 51°17′3″N 114°50′13″W / 51.28417°N 114.83694°W / 51.28417; -114.83694 (40 km 0271)
300 190 Hwy 579 east – Water Valley, Cremona 51°26′57″N 115°2′18″W / 51.44917°N 115.03833°W / 51.44917; -115.03833 (40 km 0300)
North end of Hwy 40 • South end of Forestry Trunk Road
↑ / ↓ 326 203 Municipal boundary51°37′19″N 115°13′28″W / 51.62194°N 115.22444°W / 51.62194; -115.22444 (40 km 0326)
South end of Hwy 734 (Forestry Trunk Road)[6]
Clearwater County 378 235 Hwy 584 east – Sundre 51°52′16″N 115°6′17″W / 51.87111°N 115.10472°W / 51.87111; -115.10472 (40 km 0378)
399 248 Hwy 591 east – Caroline 50°10′47″N 114°28′9″W / 50.17972°N 114.46917°W / 50.17972; -114.46917 (40 km 0072)
425 264 Hwy 752 north – Rocky Mountain House 52°4′30″N 115°30′3″W / 52.07500°N 115.50083°W / 52.07500; -115.50083 (40 km 0425)
Nordegg 515 320 Hwy 11 – Saskatchewan River Crossing, Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer 52°28′33″N 116°6′25″W / 52.47583°N 116.10694°W / 52.47583; -116.10694 (40 km 0515)
Yellowhead County Elk River I.R. 233 583 362 Lodgepole-Lovett Forestry Road 52°55′49″N 116°33′34″W / 52.93028°N 116.55944°W / 52.93028; -116.55944 (40 km 0583)
593 368 Crosses Lovett River52°59′14″N 116°38′12″W / 52.98722°N 116.63667°W / 52.98722; -116.63667 (40 km 0593)
North end of Hwy 734 (Forestry Trunk Road) • South end of Hwy 40
Coalspur 626 389 Hwy 47 north – Robb, Edson 53°10′17″N 117°0′27″W / 53.17139°N 117.00750°W / 53.17139; -117.00750 (40 km 0626)
Mercoal 633 393 Mercoal Main Road 53°9′29″N 117°5′19″W / 53.15806°N 117.08861°W / 53.15806; -117.08861 (40 km 0633)
635 395 Crosses the McLeod River53°8′21″N 117°6′16″W / 53.13917°N 117.10444°W / 53.13917; -117.10444 (40 km 0635)
Cadomin 654 406 road Hwy 40 branches northwest
53°3′13″N 117°19′3″W / 53.05361°N 117.31750°W / 53.05361; -117.31750 (40 km 0654)
Luscar 659 409 road 53°4′10″N 117°23′59″W / 53.06944°N 117.39972°W / 53.06944; -117.39972 (40 km 0659)
635 395 Crosses the Gregg River53°12′15″N 117°29′44″W / 53.20417°N 117.49556°W / 53.20417; -117.49556 (40 km 0678)
Hinton 701 436 YellowheadShield.jpg Hwy 16 (TCH) east – Hinton, Edmonton Hwy 40 branches west.
East end of Hwy 16 concurrency.
53°22′13″N 117°38′14″W / 53.37028°N 117.63722°W / 53.37028; -117.63722 (40 km 0701)
703 437 YellowheadShield.jpg Hwy 16 (TCH) west – Jasper, Prince George, Kamloops Hwy 40 branches north.
West end of Hwy 16 concurrency.
53°21′25″N 117°39′23″W / 53.35694°N 117.65639°W / 53.35694; -117.65639 (40 km 0703)
708 440 Crosses the Athabasca River53°22′39″N 117°41′50″W / 53.37750°N 117.69722°W / 53.37750; -117.69722 (40 km 0708)
709 441 Brule Road – Brule 53°22′28″N 117°42′38″W / 53.37444°N 117.71056°W / 53.37444; -117.71056 (40 km 0709)
726 451 PAR 123William A. Switzer Provincial Park 53°29′25″N 117°49′36″W / 53.49028°N 117.82667°W / 53.49028; -117.82667 (40 km 0726)
M.D. of Greenview No. 16 805 500 RoadPierre Grey's Lakes Provincial Park 53°54′31″N 118°37′0″W / 53.90861°N 118.61667°W / 53.90861; -118.61667 (40 km 0805)
Muskeg River 810 500 Forestry Trunk Road Former Hwy 734
53°55′29″N 118°40′22″W / 53.92472°N 118.67278°W / 53.92472; -118.67278 (40 km 0810)
Grande Cache 841 523 Hoppe Avenue, 100 Avenue 53°53′19″N 119°6′52″W / 53.88861°N 119.11444°W / 53.88861; -119.11444 (40 km 0841)
846 526 Crosses the Smoky River53°53′30″N 119°9′53″W / 53.89167°N 119.16472°W / 53.89167; -119.16472 (40 km 0846)
1,016 631 Hwy 666 west – Grovedale Grade separated
55°4′18″N 118°48′46″W / 55.07167°N 118.81278°W / 55.07167; -118.81278 (40 km 1016)
↑ / ↓ 1,017 632 Crosses the Wapiti River55°4′18″N 118°48′12″W / 55.07167°N 118.80333°W / 55.07167; -118.80333 (40 km 1017)
County of Grande Prairie No. 1 1,021 634 Hwy 668 east (37 Avenue) / Township Road 710 55°6′45″N 118°49′14″W / 55.11250°N 118.82056°W / 55.11250; -118.82056 (40 km 1021)
City of Grande Prairie 1,024 636 68 Avenue 55°8′29″N 118°49′13″W / 55.14139°N 118.82028°W / 55.14139; -118.82028 (40 km 1024)
1,026 638 84 Avenue 55°9′22″N 118°49′14″W / 55.15611°N 118.82056°W / 55.15611; -118.82056 (40 km 1026)
1,027 638 Hwy 43 – Airport, Dawson Creek, Peace River, Edmonton 55°10′14″N 118°49′14″W / 55.17056°N 118.82056°W / 55.17056; -118.82056 (40 km 1027)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Closed/former
  •       Concurrency terminus
  •       Route transition
  •       Unopened

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Annual Road Closures". Alberta Parks. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ Provincial Highways Designation Order, Alberta Transportation, p. 7 
  3. ^ a b "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. 
  4. ^ Google (November 4, 2016). "Central Alberta section of Highway 40 in Alberta" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ Google (November 4, 2016). "Northern section of Highway 40 in Alberta" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Provincial Highways: 500 - 986 Progress Chart" (PDF). Alberta Transportation. March 2015. Retrieved July 19, 2016.