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 39Hwy 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]

Two interesting facts about highway 40 are: The segment from roughly Hinton to Grande Prairie is part of the shortest fully paved land route from the USA to the Klondike Gold fields in the Yukon, and 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 municipalityLocationkmmiDestinationsNotes
Crowsnest PassColeman00.0 Hwy 3 (Crowsnest Highway) – Lethbridge, Fort Macleod, Fernie49°38′11″N 114°29′52″W / 49.63639°N 114.49778°W / 49.63639; -114.49778 (40 km 0000)
Crowsnest Pass
M. D. of Ranchland No. 66 boundary
3.82.4Forestry Trunk RoadNorth end of Hwy 40
49°39′20.1″N 114°28′46.4″W / 49.655583°N 114.479556°W / 49.655583; -114.479556 (40 km 0004)
101 km (63 mi) gap in Hwy 40
Kananaskis I.D.
(Kananaskis Country)
10565Forestry Trunk Road
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)
14288Highwood 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
16099Kananaskis Lakes TrailFormer Hwy 742;
north end of seasonal closure;[1]
50°42′52.0″N 115°06′36.6″W / 50.714444°N 115.110167°W / 50.714444; -115.110167 (40 km 0160)
186116Mount Allan Drive – Kananaskis Village, Nakiska50°55′56″N 115°7′36″W / 50.93222°N 115.12667°W / 50.93222; -115.12667 (40 km 0186)
201125 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 144209130 Hwy 1 (TCH) – Canmore, Banff, CalgaryInterchange; exit 118 on Hwy 1;
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)
45 km (28 mi) gap in Hwy 40
Rocky View County254158 Hwy 1A (Bow Valley Trail) – Canmore, Cochrane, CalgarySouth end of Forestry Trunk Road concurrency
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. 8Waiparous271168Hummingbird Lane51°17′3″N 114°50′13″W / 51.28417°N 114.83694°W / 51.28417; -114.83694 (40 km 0271)
300190 Hwy 579 east – Water Valley, Cremona
Forestry Trunk Road to Hwy 734
North end of Hwy 40
51°26′57″N 115°2′18″W / 51.44917°N 115.03833°W / 51.44917; -115.03833 (40 km 0300)
293 km (182 mi) gap in Hwy 40
Yellowhead County593368 Hwy 734 south (Forestry Trunk Road)South end of Big Horn Highway
52°59′14″N 116°38′12″W / 52.98722°N 116.63667°W / 52.98722; -116.63667 (40 km 0593)
Crosses the Lovett River
626389 Hwy 47 north – Robb, Edson53°10′17″N 117°0′27″W / 53.17139°N 117.00750°W / 53.17139; -117.00750 (40 km 0626)
635395Crosses the McLeod River53°8′21″N 117°6′16″W / 53.13917°N 117.10444°W / 53.13917; -117.10444 (40 km 0635)
Cadomin654406roadHwy 40 branches northwest
53°3′13″N 117°19′3″W / 53.05361°N 117.31750°W / 53.05361; -117.31750 (40 km 0654)
678421Crosses the Gregg River53°12′15″N 117°29′44″W / 53.20417°N 117.49556°W / 53.20417; -117.49556 (40 km 0678)
Hinton701436 Hwy 16 (TCH) east – Hinton, EdmontonHwy 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)
703437 Hwy 16 (TCH) west – JasperHwy 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)
708440Crosses the Athabasca River53°22′39″N 117°41′50″W / 53.37750°N 117.69722°W / 53.37750; -117.69722 (40 km 0708)
709441Brule Road – Brule53°22′28″N 117°42′38″W / 53.37444°N 117.71056°W / 53.37444; -117.71056 (40 km 0709)
726451PAR 123William A. Switzer Provincial Park53°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. 16805500RoadPierre Grey's Lakes Provincial Park53°54′31″N 118°37′0″W / 53.90861°N 118.61667°W / 53.90861; -118.61667 (40 km 0805)
Muskeg River810500Forestry Trunk RoadFormer Hwy 734
53°55′29″N 118°40′22″W / 53.92472°N 118.67278°W / 53.92472; -118.67278 (40 km 0810)
Grande Cache841523Hoppe Avenue, 100 Avenue53°53′19″N 119°6′52″W / 53.88861°N 119.11444°W / 53.88861; -119.11444 (40 km 0841)
846526Crosses the Smoky River53°53′30″N 119°9′53″W / 53.89167°N 119.16472°W / 53.89167; -119.16472 (40 km 0846)
1,016631 Hwy 666 west – GrovedaleGrade separated
55°4′18″N 118°48′46″W / 55.07167°N 118.81278°W / 55.07167; -118.81278 (40 km 1016)
↑ / ↓1,017632Crosses 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. 11,021634 Hwy 668 east (37 Avenue) / Township Road 71055°6′45″N 118°49′14″W / 55.11250°N 118.82056°W / 55.11250; -118.82056 (40 km 1021)
City of Grande Prairie1,02463668 Avenue55°8′29″N 118°49′13″W / 55.14139°N 118.82028°W / 55.14139; -118.82028 (40 km 1024)
1,02663884 Avenue55°9′22″N 118°49′14″W / 55.15611°N 118.82056°W / 55.15611; -118.82056 (40 km 1026)
1,027638 Hwy 43 – Airport, Dawson Creek, Peace River, EdmontonNorth end of Big Horn Highway
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
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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. ^ "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.