Forestry Trunk Road
|Maintained by Alberta Ministry of Transportation|
|Forestry Trunk Road|
|Length||99 km (62 mi)|
|South end||Hwy 40 north of Coleman|
|Major intersections||Hwy 532|
|North end||Hwy 40 / Hwy 541 west of Longview|
|Forestry Trunk Road|
|Length||27 km (17 mi)|
|South end||Hwy 40 / Hwy 579 west of Water Valley|
|North end||Hwy 734|
|Length||268 km (167 mi)|
|South end||Forestry Trunk Road|
|Major intersections|| Hwy 584|
|North end||Hwy 40 south of Coalspur|
|Forestry Trunk Road|
|Length||168 km (104 mi)|
|South end||Hwy 40 at Muskeg River|
|North end||Hwy 43 west of Debolt|
|Specialized and rural municipalities||Crowsnest Pass, M.D. of Ranchland No. 26, Kananaskis I.D., Bighorn No. 8 M.D., Clearwater County, Yellowhead County, Greenview No. 16 M.D.|
Alberta Provincial Highway No. 734, commonly referred to as Highway 734, is a highway in western Alberta, Canada that travels through the forested foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It used to be part of Forestry Trunk Road and is still colloquially referred to as such.
It is preceded by the remaining central segment of Forestry Trunk Road, Highway 734 begins south of the Red Deer River to the southwest of Sundre, and is succeeded by Highway 40, which also used to be part of Forestry Trunk Road. The highway ends north of the Pembina River.
Forestry Trunk Road was a north-south resource road that ran from the Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3) in southern Alberta to Highway 43 in northern Alberta. Over time, some segments of the road have been designated as parts of Highway 40 or Highway 734, while the northernmost segment between Highway 40 and Highway 43 is no longer named Forestry Trunk Road.
Two segments of Forestry Trunk Road remain – a southern segment from the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass to Highway 541 to the southwest of Longview, and a short central segment from Highway 579 west of Cremona to south of the Red Deer River. The southern segment is preceded and succeeded by the first and second segments of Highway 40 respectively, while the central segment is preceded by the third segment of Highway 40 and succeeded by Highway 734.
The southern remaining segment of Forestry Trunk Road begins 3.8 km (2.4 mi) north of the Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3) as a continuation of the southernmost segment of Highway 40. Over its 99 km (62 mi) length, the gravel road provides access to numerous public campgrounds, crosses the Oldman River, and intersects with Highway 532. It also passes near the Bob Creek Wildland Provincial Park, Livingstone Falls, and the Don Getty Wildland Provincial Park before ending at its intersection with Highway 541 and the second segment of Highway 40, which was part of Forestry Trunk Road before being designated a provincial highway.
Another former segment of Forestry Trunk Road, now the third segment of Highway 40, begins at Highway 1A to the west of Cochrane and ends 46 km (29 mi) later at an intersection with Highway 579. Highway 40 continues as the central remaining segment of Forestry Trunk Road for 27 km (17 mi) to a point 8 km (5.0 mi) prior to the Red Deer River. The road then continues for 268 km (167 mi) as Highway 734 to north of the Pembina River, north of the Elk River Indian reserve, where it becomes the fourth segment of Highway 40.
Over its course, the central segment of Forestry Trunk Road combined with Highway 734 provides access to Ram Falls Provincial Park and numerous campgrounds, and intersects Highway 579, Highway 584, Highway 591, Highway 752, and Highway 11 (David Thompson Highway) west of Nordegg. This stretch also crosses the Red Deer, James, Clearwater, Ram, North Saskatchewan, Blackstone, Brazeau, and Pembina rivers.
Starting from the south end of Highway 40:
|Crowsnest Pass||Coleman||0||0.0||Hwy 3 (Crowsnest Highway) – Lethbridge, Fort Macleod, Fernie, Cranbrook||As Hwy 40|
|↑ / ↓||||3.8||2.4||Municipal boundary —|
|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|
|||105||65|| Hwy 541 east – Longview|
Hwy 40 north – Kananaskis Village
|150 km (93 mi) gap|
|Rocky View County||||254||158||Hwy 1A (Bow Valley Trail) – Canmore, Cochrane, Calgary||South end of Hwy 40 concurrency|
|M.D. of Bighorn No. 8||Waiparous||271||168||Hummingbird Lane|
|||300||190||Hwy 579 east – Water Valley, Cremona||North end of Hwy 40 concurrency|
|↑ / ↓||||326||203||Municipal boundary — |
Hwy 734 south end
|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 — |
Hwy 734 north end • Hwy 40 south end
|Coalspur||626||389|| Hwy 47 north – Robb, Edson|
Hwy 40 north – Cadomin, Hinton
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|