Elevation: 1210 meters - the highest settlement east of the Rocky Mountains
Where is Swan Hills? Located approximately 200 km northwest of Edmonton. Swan Hills is nestled among virgin boreal and sub-alpine forest; a combination made possible by the high elevation of the area, and one which provides Swan Hills with a rich legacy of rare flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the province. This legacy has been preserved at the Goose Mountain Ecological Reserve located outside the town's boundaries. Swan Hills is the nearest settlement to the geographical centre of Alberta. A mere 30 km outside of the town site, along Highway 33 is a short trail that leads to a cairn marking the center of Alberta. The land around the town site itself is heavily wooded and full of muskeg, making it poor for agriculture, but great for both summer and winter outdoor recreation, forestry and wildlife. The town of Swan Hills is currently situated on top of the largest oilfield in Canada, from which four major oil companies supply nearly one-third of all Alberta's oil needs. The town is accessible through many forms of transportation. Drivers can follow Highway 33 along the scenic and historic Grizzly Trail. The trail, which was officially designated as a historic one by the provincial government of Alberta, retraces the route taken by early settlers.