Yellowhead Trail or Route 16 Alberta is Edmonton, Alberta’s main highway. It is the most recommended route into Edmonton as it avoids the crowded Old Strathcona area and takes you through some of Edmonton’s world-famous landmarks such as Rexall Place, home to the Edmonton Oilers and some of the biggest music concerts, the Commonwealth Stadium and the area’s most convenient hotels.
The Trail’s coverage
Alberta route 16 is also considered the primary east-west highway in central Alberta. It is also an extension of Yellowhead’s Trans-Canada Highway system that goes all the way from British Columbia to Manitoba. In Alberta, the length of route 16 is roughly 641 milometers. It traverses a picturesque route through Lloydminster, Vermilion, Vegreville, Elk Island National Park, Edmonton, Edson, Hinton and Jasper National Park. The highway is divided into four lanes through most of its length in Alberta except when it goes through Jasper National Park and continues to the BC border.
Inside Edmonton, the highway is referred to as the popular Yellowhead Trail. It has signaled intersections in certain areas. It is named after a fur trader and explorer who had yellow streaks in his hair. Though his name was Pierre Bostonais, he was fondly referred to as Tete Jaune or Yellow head. The Yellowhead Pass is the popular route to cross the Canadian Rockies.
The Yellowhead Trail, which is route 16 and the Calgary Trail, which is Highway 2 connect by a major bypass in called Anthony Henday Drive or Highway 216, a busy highway in Edmonton. A majority of Edmonton’s best hotels are conveniently located along this Drive, welcoming travelers with all the facilities they would look for after a long journey on the road.
Convenient access into Edmonton’s attractions
The Yellowhead Trail or route 16 Alberta also offers convenient access to the international airport and Edmonton City Center, the world famous West Edmonton Mall and other major landmarks in the city. Thousands of tourists visit Alberta from all over the world to enjoy its natural beauty and other attractions. Visitors taking Alberta’s Route 16 can also experience the best in hospitality in Edmonton from hotels that are both comfortable and offer great service. One of the most preferred hotels along this route is the Yellowhead Inn, renowned for its beautifully appointed rooms, free trucker parking, onsite gas station, entertainment facilities in the form of VLT lounges and pool tables and other amenities. Those traveling on work or visiting Edmonton on business prefer the Yellowhead Inn for its meeting and conference facilities. If you are in Edmonton on holiday, this hotel offers easy access to all the major sights such as River Valley, Telus World, West Edmonton Mall and the shopping district and much more. Very aptly called the city of festivals, Edmonton also offers those who take Alberta’s route 16 a great experience.