Wildfire Management Branch
Hinton Training Centre

Courses open to Government of AB Employees, Contractors and Guests

Who We Are

HTC lies nestled in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, a three hour drive west of Edmonton, AB. It offers a rustic atmosphere enhanced by the many natural features of Alberta’s forested foothills. Towns nearest Hinton are Jasper, Edson, and Grande Cache. Edmonton can be reached via Highway 16 and Grande Cache via Highway 40.

The Centre possesses unique training innovations which it makes available to both government and its stakeholders. We take our role very seriously in working toward the responsible management of Alberta’s public lands, forests, and fish and wildlife. With this in mind, HTC provides a distinctive facility for enabling sustainable resource training, research and technology transfer, as well as hosting meetings and conferences.

The campus sits on a 14-hectare (35-acre) ridge in the midst of Hinton, a town of approximately 10,000 in the central region of Alberta. It includes an academic building, two residences with accommodation for 173, a rappel tower, a lookout fire tower, a vehicle service garage and warehouse.

HTC is a supportive member of the local community. On the grounds there is a self-guided museum and a 1.1-km interpretive trail that is available to visitors interested in learning more about our natural surroundings and the work of the Forestry Division.

We welcome comments and suggestions, and will use them to help improve HTC and its services.

Forestry Division training

Protecting Alberta’s forests and managing provincial land requires sound training and cooperation from everyone involved. The modern facilities, leading technology and expert instructors at HTC all work together to ensure such training is available.

Forest Management training: New courses are continually being developed at HTC, ensuring provincial employees have the knowledge and skills needed to manage Alberta’s lands and forests sustainability.

Wildfire training: A staff of master instructors delivers more than 45 wildfire courses annually, from basic fire suppression, to advanced planning and management training.

Wildfire Simulations. HTC has been a leader in the development and delivery of wildfire simulation training for over 40 years. The first simulator was purchased in 1967, since then the Centre has continual updated its technology. There are now three wildfire simulation programs:

1. Video based initial attack simulations
2. Incident management simulations; and
3. Aerial firefighting simulations

Approximately 200 participants participate in wildfire simulations annually, with another 200 given demonstrations of its capabilities. Participants from across Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico and Italy have utilized wildfire simulation training at the Centre.

HTC programs and courses have earned international attention, resulting in wildfire training agencies from around the world requesting access to the curriculum, and sending representatives for training.

Program and Event Hosting

HTC’s modern facilities are available to all departments within the GoA for training, meetings and conferences:

  • double-occupancy accommodation for 173, in residences which includes a:
    • business centre;
    • fitness and games room;
    • areas to relax;
    • a dining room that serves 250, with magnificent views of the Rocky Mountains and the Athabasca River valley;
    • conference facilities;
    • classrooms and meeting rooms with internet access;
    • A 20-metre rappel training tower;
    • GIS and computer lab
    • a full range of multimedia equipment;
    • Cache Percotte Forest is utilized for research, demonstrations, field exercises and recreation.

Our Clients

HTC’s primary focus is serving the training, research, business resumption, and facilitation needs of the Forestry Division, and we tailor our facilities and services to meet the department’s unique concerns and requirements.

When additional space is available, HTC often leases space to:

  • other departments of the GoA;
  • the Government of Canada, particularly the National Parks and Canadian Armed Forces;
  • municipalities;
  • colleges, universities, and other educational institutions;
  • youth groups associated with the environment;
  • law enforcement; and
  • non-profit agencies